James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie

directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell
music directed by Aaron Norman
presented in partnership with Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Franklin High School

September 6 -10, 2017 at Emerald City Bible Fellowship 
September 14 - 17, 2017 at Franklin High School

This September, join students, parents, educators, faith communities, and theatergoers for a powerful evening of community engagement around James Baldwin’s classic play


About the Play: 

In a small southern town, a white shopkeeper kills a black musician. As the case heads to trial and tensions rise, a Reverend, a journalist, and the shopkeeper’s wife struggle to make sense of the truth. Written in 1964 and dedicated to the memory of Baldwin’s friend and civil rights activist Medgar Evers, Baldwin’s rarely produced masterpiece explores race and violence in the United States with honesty, music, dark humor, and compassion.

The Williams Project is proud to partner with Emerald City Bible Fellowship and Franklin High School to bring Baldwin’s American classic to Seattle. Every performance of Blues for Mister Charlie will be followed by a post-show discussion, led by cast member and activist Nancy Moricette.  All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.

What does it mean to buy a ticket to a Pay-What-You-Can event? 

All performances of Blues for Mister Charlie are Pay-What-You-Can. You are welcome to just show up!

The Williams Project also offers options for reserving tickets in advance. We're selling different levels of "Supporter Tickets" for those who have the ability and the desire to support the artists, or you can reserve a ticket at no charge if you'd rather pay what you can at the door. No matter what type of ticket you reserve, all seating is general admission. Plan to arrive early. 

Artistic Director Ryan Purcell reflects on Blues for Mister Charlie

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This production is supported, in part, by grants from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission).