Prodigal Sister

Frances Salisbury, Frank Carey, Esther Brown.

The Biblical tale about the prodigal son inspired this Black musical with rhymed dialogue about Jackie (Paula Desmond), a 17-year-old girl from a Georgia small town, who gets pregnant. To escape her father’s (Leonard Jackson) wrath, she runs away to Baltimore. Her adventures in the big city are seen as if in the crystal ball of a seeress.

In Baltimore, she becomes indentured to Baltimore Bessie (Louise Stubbs), proprietress of a combination coffin factory and whorehouse. Jackie eventually gets herself shipped home—in a company casket—to be joyfully welcomed back by her anxious but forgiving family.

Musical numbers included “Slip Away,” “Ain’t Marrying Nobody,” “If You Know What’s Good for You,” “Big City Dance,” “Sister Love,” “Hot Pants Dance,” and, among others, “The Prodigal Has Returned.” – Samuel L. Leiter

Frances Salisbury, Louise Stubbs.

Presented as part of the 1974-75 Season

Play opened November 25, 1974 at the Theatre de Lys

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright J.e. Franklin
Playwright Micki Grant
Director Shauneille Perry Shauneille Perry
Musical Director Neal Tate
Choreographer Rod Rodgers
Stage Manager Reggie Life
Stage Manager Dan Early
Set Designer C. Richard Mills
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Actor Paula Desmond
Actor Leonard Jackson
Actor Louise Stubbs
Actor Frances Salisbury
Actor Frank Carey
Actor Esther Brown
Actor Ethel Beatty
Actor Judy Dearing
Actor Yolande Graves
Actor Joyce Griffen
Actor Dianne Kirksey
Actor Kirk Kirksey
Actor Rael Lamb
Actor Larry Lowe
Actor Saundra McClain
Actor Victor Willis

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