From the Mississippi Delta

Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland
Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland

Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s 90-minute, intermissionless play is a mosaic of animated fragments depicting the experiences of black Americans of the Mississippi Delta region from the 1950s to the 1980s….. Based on the playwright’s life-story, the central figure, Phelia, survives assorted ordeals, including rape as a child by her white employer’s son and a brief entry into prostitution. After playing a courageous part in the civil rights movement, she journeys north to enroll in the University of Minnesota, from which she eventually receives her PhD degree.

Presented as part of the 1987-88 Season

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Endesha Ida Mae Holland
Director Ed Smith
Set Designer Steven Perry
Lighting Designer Bill Grant
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Actor Verneice Turner
Actor Brenda Denmark

All 1987-88 Season productions: