Cast Announced for Ida B. Wells Stage Play

Atlanta Free Speech January 6, 2018 0

The cast has been announced for the debut of the stage play The Ladies Car, a historically inspired drama based on the life of Ida B. Wells.

The Ladies Car, written by Tiana L. Ferrell who is a descendant of Ida B. Wells, highlights Wells’ victory with the Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad Company in 1884. Wells was physically removed from a train after her refusal to leave the first-class ladies car for the Colored coach. As a result, she initiated suit against the railroad company. The play depicts the story of a young woman fighting a lone battle for equality in the post reconstruction era while exploring love and her life’s purpose.

Cindi Davis (Harlem Nights and Cinderella) will star as the sophisticated and courageous Ida B. Wells. Ariel Ford, who played Sandra Bland in Cosmic Civil War, will play her quirky best friend, Cora. Veteran actress, Gwen Hudson (Sojourner Truth in Amistad IV), will play the role of Ida’s aunt Fanny.

The Ladies Car will be presented during Black History Month, February 24, 2018 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center in McDonough, Georgia. “I am confident that the audience will be entertained and enlightened by this untold, yet heartwarming story,” stated Tiana L. Ferrell, descendant of Ida B. Wells and playwright.

Wells is credited with founding the NAACP and being instrumental in the civil rights and women suffrage movements, but her victory with the railroad company is widely unrecognized.   “The Ladies Car provides an opportunity to promote the legacy of an American hero. The essence of Black history is one of empowerment, which exposes the truth of the hidden and offers a prism through which we can see our journey and present-day condition,” stated Tiana L. Ferrell.

Tickets may be purchased here.

For more information on The Ladies Car, visit: http://www.tianaferrell.com/the-ladies-car/

About The Ladies Car

The Ladies Car is a stage play, written by Tiana L. Ferrell, which highlights Ida B. Wells’ victory with the Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern Railroad Company.  The play depicts the story of a young woman fighting a lone battle for equality in the post reconstruction era while exploring love and her life’s purpose.

 

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