Sweet Mama Stringbean

Sweet Mama Stringbean shows an aging and severely overweight, legendary stage and film star Ethel Waters faced with a waning career and the prospect of an impoverished old age, when, a dream of a childhood spiritual awakening opens her to a new future with the Billy Graham Crusade.

 SWEET MAMA STRINGBEAN shows two Ethel’s: a wild and adventurous skinny woman able to introduce songs like Sweet Georgia Brown, Dinah, Am I Blue, and Stormy Weather; and the older 275-pound spiritual Broadway dramatic actress who starred in Mamba’s Daughter and Member of the Wedding, as well as defining her life through the song, His Eye Is On The Sparrow.

Presented as part of the 2007-08 Season

Play opened April 28, 2008 at the Abron Arts Center/Recital Hall

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Beth Turner
Director Elizabeth Van Dyke
Stage Manager Bayo
Set Designer Ademola Olugebefola
Lighting Designer Shirley Prendergast
Costume Designer Carolyn Adams
Sound Designer Sean O’Halloran
Props Rosita Timm
Technical Director Theo Macabeo
Actor Sandra Reaves-Phillips
Actor CJay Hardy Philip
Actor Marishka Shanice Phillips
Actor Darryl J. Williams
Actor Gary Vincent

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