New Haven's Long Wharf Theater will kick off 2019 with a production of Boo Killebrew's Miller, Mississippi, directed by Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation). The play, previously seen at Long Wharf's 2016 Contemporary American Voices Festival, will begin performances January 9, 2019, for a run scheduled through February 2.
Miller, Mississippi follows the Miller family through three decades of American history, beginning with the Civil Rights Movement and ending with the AIDS crisis of the 1990s. Through the eyes of one family, Killebrew examines how the tradition of white supremacy continues.
The cast will be made up of Charlotte Booker as Mildred Miller, Roderick Hill as Thomas Miller, Leah Karpel as Becky Miller, Jacob Perkins as John Miller, and Benja K. Thomas as Doris Stevenson/Ruby.
“The legacy of racism in this country still exists, and will continue to haunt us," says Killebrew. “I think the only thing we can do is to have open and honest conversations about it, and not think that we are past it, not think that it is solved or will ever be solved for a long time. It’s so scary, and ugly, and sad, but I do think that it is something that we need to have honest discourse about. All we can do is be open to trying to change for the better.”
The creative team for Miller, Mississippi includes Kristen Robinson (set design), Oana Botez (costume design), Amith Chandrashaker (lighting design), and Daniel Kluger (sound design). Brett Anders is the stage manager.
Miller, Mississippi is the recipient of The Leah Ryan Prize and was previously seen at the Dallas Theatre Center in 2017. Killebrew's other plays include Romance Novels for Dummies, Days Like Diamonds, The Play About My Dad, The d Life, Caveat Emptor, and The Momentum.
For more information, visit LongWharf.org or call (203) 787-4282.