February 16: A Play about Vaudeville and Black History

On Thursday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m. the SSIR “Travels for Discovery” presents The Top of Bravery: An evening with Bert Williams. Presented through the Quill Theatre, one of Richmond’s professional theater organizations, this play depicts the life of comedian and protagonist Bert Williams as he braves the racial barriers that were a part of the entertainment industry and the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Williams, who was native to the Bahamas, was forced to perform in blackface like the white actors of the time period.  Despite the many adversities Williams faced as a black actor, he was still able to propel himself to stardom through his resiliency.  The play is a mix of social commentary, stand-up comedy, and soliloquy.  It also features a few musical numbers that illustrate Bert Williams as an international star and one of the most beloved entertainers of the Vaudeville Era.

What:  The Top of Bravery:  An evening with Bert Williams, a play written and performed by Jeremy Morris
When:  Thursday, February 16, at 8 p.m.
Where:  The Cousins Theatre (doors open at 7:45 p.m.)
Cost:  None:  Admission is free

There is a pre-performance reception with light refreshments at 7:15 in Keller Hall.


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