Marie and Rosetta
by George Brant
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 2f
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"It is so rare for a play about the inner lives of black women to center on their intimacy and not world politics or degradation that the very fact of George Brant’s loving two-character script is refreshing." - The New Yorker
- Winner! 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award
"Mighty music-making [...] when it sings, it really swings." - The New York Times, Read More
"It is so rare for a play about the inner lives of black women to center on their intimacy and not world politics or degradation that the very fact of George Brant’s loving two-character script is refreshing." - The New Yorker, Read More
"Four stars [...] heavenly [...] you don’t have to be religious to know when you’re in the presence of glory." - Time Out New York, Read More
"A spectacular show [...] if much of the world has forgotten Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight - and, certainly, a lot of us have - playwright George Brant makes an intimate yet spectacular case for correcting that wrong." - Newsday, Read More
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was named a class of 2018 inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Check out her page here.
KeywordsChristianity, Religion, Theatre/Entertainment Industry, Black/African-American Interest, Women's Interest
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $45 per performance
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: A showroom in a modest funeral home in MIssissippi. 1946
- Additional Features: Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock, Folk
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
MARIE KNIGHT - an African-American woman in her early 20’s, but looks younger. A more traditional alto gospel singer, plays staid piano. Gorgeous, on her way to being a spiritual star.
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- All Female
Marie and Rosetta premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in August 2016 under the direction of Neil Pepe.