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Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens

  • The Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre 1704 Andy Holt Avenue Knoxville, TN, 37996 United States (map)
Photography Credit:  Daje Morris

Photography Credit: Daje Morris

The Carpetbag Theatre Inc.'s production of Dark Cowgirls and Prairie Queens is the story of a little known facet of American History. Filled with vivid images, captivating stories and harmonious song, "Cowgirls" brings to life seven of the most colorful Black women to emerge from the American West. The play, written by CBT's Executive/Artistic Director Linda Parris-Bailey is an imaginative dramatization of the lives of: Mary Fields (affectionately known as Black Mary), Biddy Mason (Grandma Mason), sculptress Edmonia Lewis (Little Wildfire), Mary Ellen Pleasant (Mammy Pleasant) of underground railroad fame, and Julia Boulette (fondly remembered as the Queen of Virginia City).

Anita Gates of The New York Times says, "The production is well written in conversational down-home language, and well acted in storytelling style...The stomping dance to 'Did You Feed My Crow?' brings to mind the best parts of 'Bring In da Noise, Bring In da Funk.'"

This production is part of our 50th Anniversary Celebration Series that has been funded by the Roy Cockrum Foundation in celebration of our 50th Anniversary in 2019; a foundation which enables theaters to reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.

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