Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Lyric Stage presenting Abyssinia in celebration of Black History Month

Abyssinia will run from Feb. 14-16 at Lyric Stage with Texas Christian University’s own Jaden Dominique stars as Abyssinia. (Courtesy photo)

Lyric Stage will celebrate Black History Month with ABYSSINIA Feb. 14-16, 2020 as part of its Wonder Woman SeasonLyric Stage originally produced ABYSSINIA in its ninth season and is excited to share this powerful and moving show with Dallas audiences in its twenty-seventh season. Based on the novel Marked by Fire by Joyce Carol Thomas, this musical was adapted and written by Ted Kociolek (Music/Book) and James Racheff (Lyrics/Book). Texas Christian University’s (TCU) own Jaden Dominique stars as Abyssinia.

Set in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the turn of the 20th century, Abyssinia ‘Abby’ Jackson was born during a tornado and blessed with the gift of song and a voice that thrills and delights the entire community. Like Job, Abby is fated to undergo a series of trials, and consequently, her faith in both man and God is destroyed, so she vows to never sing again. Abyssinia’s withdrawal affects the devastated community like a long drought, but when Mother Vera takes the girl under her wing to teach her the ways of a healer, Abby begins to heal herself, her voice, and her community as she learns to relieve pain in others.

Renowned actor, director, teacher, and writer Akin Babatundé will serve as the production’s Director, and Sheilah Vaughn Walker, well-known for her artful work on Broadway and across the country as a conductor, music director, vocal coach, and pianist, will serve as the production’s Music Director.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Tickets start at $29.50 and can be purchased at www.lyricstage.org or by calling the Box Office at 214-871-5000. Special ticket pricing for groups and students are available.


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