DESSA ROSE

book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
music by Stephen Flaherty
based on the novel by Sherley Anne Williams
Directed by Rick Lombardo*
Musical Direction by Todd C. Gordon
Choreography by Kelli Edwards
APR 23 - MAY 18/2008

Two outcasts, one a fallen lady of society abandoned by her husband, the other a pregnant slave sentenced to death on the gallows, are thrust together. As they attempt escape, they form an uneasy alliance, securing them both their freedom and that of their infant children. The journey proves treacherous, and their lives become further intertwined. The women are forced to transcend racial barriers. They forge a true friendship that makes them realize they have far more power together than they ever would alone. Based on imagined details of real events, this dangerous adventure of a musical brings with it laughter, love, hope, and a pair of unlikely heroines.

“The work…achieves overwhelming power.”
LONDON FINANCIAL TIMES

Photo: Uzo Aduba and Leigh Barrett. Photo by Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures