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Tuskegee Rising  



A new musical play by Dyann Robinson, with music by Bill Perry, that celebrates Tuskegee, and compares this historic city to the mythical bird, “The Phoenix”, which flies high in the sky, and lives on and on, forever arising from every difficulty, and apparent defeat, to soar once more to even greater heights than ever before.







The true story of how, while facing the wrath of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Tuskegee white community, Dr. Robert Russa Moton, the 2nd President of then, Tuskegee Institute, along with Dr. John A. Kenney and others, worked with the Federal government, to establish the Veterans Administration Hospital for Negroes in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1923.






James A. "Buddy" Snipe, creates fascinating abstract painting/sculpture pieces, made of colorfully painted pieces of tin, animal bone, wood, etc. that tell stories of real life and of pure fantasy. Dyann Robinson and Bill Perry have woven these stories into a fun-filled musical play that gives a glimpse into this Macon County artists imaginative mind that is "Snipe's World", where mermaids, a talking King Snake and the Devil and his Shadow, live side by side with blues singing, storytelling, church going, human beings. It's an adventure you don't want to miss!!





The Story of Toussaint L’Ouverture, Father of the
Haitian Revolution


THE STORY OF. . . the leader of the only successful slave revolution in history. THE STORY OF. . . this great leaders’ tragic dilemma: To keep allegiance to the France that had broken its promises of “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity” for all in the motherland, and in the French colonies, (made during the French Revolution) while seeking independent rule and freedom forever for his Black people in the colony of San Domingo.


THE STORY OF. . . a man both politician and revolutionary, fighting a war with two faces: one of secret negotiations with the oppressors, hoping that right would win out, and one of violent military opposition to the oppressors to keep them from reinstating slavery.






LONELY EAGLES (The Tuskegee Airmen Meet Josephine Baker) by Dyann Robinson. A two character drama with dance and music based on the real life occasion when the first of the famous Tuskegee Airmen were entertained by the great African American entertainer, Josephine Baker, soon after their arrival in North Africa on their first mission in WWII.






The TRT Orchestra, and the TRT Singers and Swingers, invite all who are young at heart, to join them in a cabaret setting, as they bring to life the music of America’s greatest and perhaps most prolific composer, the one and only Duke Ellington. Hear the singing, and see the swinging to the Duke’s songs like “Satin Doll”, “Mood Indigo”, “Sophisticated Lady”, “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”, and thrill to excerpts from his extended orchestral pieces, and his famous “Second Sacred Concert”.






"ROYAL SISTAHS", written, directed, and performed by Dyann Robinson. A one woman play about four great ancient African queens: Egyptian queens, Hapshesut, and Nefertiti; Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and Nzingha, Queen of Ndongo, later called Angola by the Portuguese.






Booker T. Washington was the first Principal, (President) of the school, now known as Tuskegee University. He was the one who took the first steps in building this great institution, which became world renown under his leadership. Considered by many the "Founder", he was in fact, the great "Builder" of Tuskegee University. Lewis Adams, however, was the cause operating before the school came into being. He was the one whose action gave rise to the school that Booker T. Washington first led and built; hence Lewis Adams can be justly called the true "Founder" of Tuskegee University. This play tells his story.






"TOBY'S MY BROTHER & BEETHOVEN TOO'", written and directed by Dyann Robinson. In this historical fantasy, a 1823 slave rebellion, led by a young slave named Toby inspires three great European artists of African descent to use their art forms, and their renown as artists, as a way to fight for their total respect and freedom as men of color. The artists are Ludwig van Beethoven, Aleksander Sergeevich Puskin, and Alexandre Dumas pere.






"REVOLT IN STORYLAND" (The Musical) is a new musical treat for young and old!! The familiar characters in the "Tales of Mother Goose" demand a "Change" in their age-old stories. Mother Goose refuses, and a revolt ensues. All will enjoy this rousing, hilarious and fantastical twist, to a frequent, real life, social outcry. "REVOLT IN STORYLAND" (The Musical), adapted by Dyann Robinson, with music by Bill Perry and Dyann Robinson, from "REVOLT IN STORYLAND " (The play) by Marie Moore Lyles.






"THE COTTON CLUB COMES TO 'SKEGEE'", written and directed by Dyann Robinson. An historical fantasy in which performers from the famous Harlem nightclub are transported to Tuskegee, Alabama in the 21st century, where people of all races can come to see them perform, unlike in Harlem, in the 20's and 30's, when only whites were allowed to patronize the Cotton Club. The show features a live orchestra, and great singing and dancing to the music of Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway and other famous Black musicians of the day.






THE WIVES OF BOOKER T., by Dyann Robinson. This is the story of the three wives of Booker T. Washington. They are the virtually unsung heroines without whom there may not have been a Tuskegee Univerisity as we know it, or a Booker T. Washington as we remember him.






REMBERING “SAMMY” by Dyann Robinson. This is the story of Sammy L. Younge, Jr., the Tuskegee Institute student who was the first student killed in the Civil Rights Movement.






GENESIS (A Rap Opera), the story of the first book of the Bible told in rap, with an original electronic score by Tuskegee native Milton Davis, Jr., and script by Dyann Robinson.





RUN JOHNNY RUN (The story of Johnny Ford, the first African American Mayor of Tuskegee), by Johnny Ford and Dyann Robinson.





MOTON, A MOMENT OF CRISIS (The story of the crisis surrounding the creation of the first Veterans Administration Hospital for Negroes in Tuskegee, Alabama.) Written by Dyann Robinson.





The African American theatre classics GOD’S TROMBONES by James Weldon Johnson, and the Broadway musical, PURLIE, based on the original play by Ossie Davis, are also in the Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc.



*** All costumes for Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. are by CLINTONIA. All photographs are by Silvia, Hawkins Studio.






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