(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 26, 2007
(Mahwah) – The New Jersey premier of Some Sweet Day will be presented by the theater program of Ramapo College Thursday through Saturday, April 5 through 7 and Wednesday through Saturday, April 11 through 14 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the college campus. Mary Ellen Allison, an associate professor of theater at the college, will direct the performance.
With book by Mac Pirkle and Don Jones and music and lyrics by Si Kahn, Some Sweet Day is a lively combination of folk, country and gospel music that highlights a compelling story of racism and unionizing set in the 1930 Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas. Based on a real organization, the story follows the intertwining lives of the cotton sharecroppers and labor leaders as they struggle to overcome the poverty and bigotry of the time and organize an integrated sharecropper’s union against the wishes of the land bosses.
The production showcases the talents of Ramapo College theater program students and several invited performers:
Dee Bright Foreman
The music is based, in part, on Si Kahn’s experiences as a civil rights, labor and community organizer in Forrest City, Arkansas.
Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.
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