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If Beale Street Could Talk



A story that remains disturbingly poignant, sixty years after it was first published. James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk is a story of abiding love in the face of injustice. Told from the perspective of its young heroine. This story of one family's fight for justice in a society where institutional discrimination has the power to destroy lives will resonate with audiences from all walks of life.

"If Beale Street Could Talk" is a moving, painful story. It is so vividly human and so obviously based upon reality, that it strikes us as timeless…"

– Joyce Carol Oates

Young lovers, Tish and Fonny discover they are going to have a baby after Fonny is arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Racing against time and injustice, their families come together to bring Fonny home before the baby comes.

The fifty minute solo performance is told through Tish's point of view as well as Fonny's. The tone of the story is both sad and sweet. This content is very explicit with mature scenes. This book describes what a strong family the Rivers family is and how they stuck together until the end of everything. Throughout the whole story the performance shows what a powerful family is and the troubles they went through to take care of their own.



Lois Lowry

Author: James Baldwin

Adaptation and Direction
Elise Thoron



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