TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.

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Loire Valley Theater Festival Presents
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March based upon the book by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. adapted and directed by Ally Sheedy with Damaras Obi as Lynda Blackmon.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.

This project was developed at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York City.  Ally Sheedy, known for her performances in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire, as well as more recent leading roles in High Art, Psych and The Little Sister (2016), adapted the book and directed the powerful, young actress, Damaras Obi.

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“When Obi began to sing 'We Shall Overcome,' to close the performance, more voices began to join her. The sounds of humming and singing provided body to what was originally Obi’s solo, a gesture which would sum up Lowery’s stance on the civil rights movement as a whole. The stage went dark and Obi, who portrayed Lowery in the play, was met with a standing ovation and many audience members wiped their eyes.”
—Register Star (Hudson, NY) Feb 14, 2016
“Saturday’s matinee was THE BEST PERFORMANCE – because it is about adolescent empowerment . . . and adolescents were there . . . AND Damaras Obi KILLS IT—lovely, nuanced, passionate, beautiful, inspired, real, talented, and the substance is SO VERY RELEVANT RIGHT NOW . . . This is why theater is more than entertainment . . . its purpose is to activate the soul, wake us up, make sure we keep our souls intact—by doing the work which must be done and when it is needed. Thank you Bridge Street Theatre.”
—Scott Myers, IMBY Catskill, February 13, 2017
The Center at West Park

165 W 86th Street,
New York, NY

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Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 11, 10:00 AM
Friday, January 12, 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 13, 3:00 PM
Monday, January 15,  5:00 PM *Special Benefit Performance
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 18, 10:00 AM
Friday, January 19, 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 20, 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 21, 3:00 PM
For information about tickets and special rates
for school groups contact
Miranda Barry at miranda@sheedylit.com
or 646-919-0440
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