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NC Black Repertory Company presents Freedom Summer

July 15, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Mariah Guillmette and Nikyla Boxley


Written by Cynthia Grace Robinson
Directed by Jackie Alexander

Freedom Summer tells the story of two sisters — Nora, who has started a new life “passing” as a white woman in Boston, and Carrie, who is preparing to travel to the deep South to register Blacks to vote. The bodies of three civil rights workers have just been found in Mississippi, leading the sisters to question the price of civil rights, Black identity, and what it means to be free.

Set against the backdrop of the 1964 Mississippi Voting Rights Project, Freedom Summer is a powerful reminder of the price paid by so many in pursuit of civil liberties, and the importance of making your voice heard in the political process.

Nikyla Boxley — Carrie
Mariah Guillmette — Nora
Eric Dowdy — News Reporter
Jordan Matthews — Delivery Man
Casey Burton — Driver

Livestream: Online at Appalachian Summer Festival YouTube Live. A private link to access the event will be emailed to all registrants one hour prior to event. This event is a one-time stream, available only at the time of the scheduled event.

SHOW LENGTH: 95 minutes

MEET THE ARTIST: Complimentary livestream event with NC Black Rep Artistic Director Jackie Alexander on Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm ET. More information HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at
800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.

Virtual: $15 per household

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 8pm ET (virtual) 

Canadian Brass


Freedom Summer is stunning theatre…fantastic, relevant production.” —Linda Armstrong – New York Amsterdam News

“We haven’t seen a play so beautifully staged in a long time…great characters embodied by great performers in a complex story.” —Young-Howze Theatre Journal


July 15, 2021
8:00 pm
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