February 15, 2013
ADA — The story of the Little Rock Nine comes to life in a one-woman play Sunday when “Warriors Don’t Cry” comes to the Freed Center for the Performing Arts stage.
“The play is based on the book of the same name, and that book is recommended reading for many students. We thought it would be great for the kids, and their parents, to see that story come to life,” said Jerica Humphrey, managing director of the Freed Center.
The book, a civil rights memoir by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, tells the story of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High in 1957. The nine captured world attention as they pursued an education equal to that of their white counterparts.
“This is a good story to help understand the importance of working together. It helps develop a mindset that we are all a part of the same race, the human race,” Humphrey said.
Further, Humphrey said the play touches on another aspect near and dear to the hearts of everyone, especially the young.
“These young people in the story were placed in an environment that was foreign to them, and they had to find a way to get along. Yes, it’s a story of integration, and although it took place in the early 1960s, there are still a lot of concepts that young people deal with today,” Humphrey said.
And to make the play more accessible to its audience, tickets for this Family Series production are only $5.
“We are also holding this play in the smaller Stambaugh Studio at the Freed, to give it more of an intimate feel. I think it’s a play that young people, as well as their parents, will really enjoy seeing,” she said.