I SHALL NOT BE MOVED and YOUR NEGRO TOUR GUIDE Runs April 9-May 7

ETC_I Shall Not Be Moved and Your Negro Tour Guide promoI SHALL NOT BE MOVED and YOUR NEGRO TOUR GUIDE
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
April 9-May 7
[Over-the-Rhine]

The riveting play I Shall Not Be Moved is by Cincinnati native and emerging young playwright Isaiah Reaves. This one-woman show thrillingly recounts the story of Reaves’s grandmother, nationally recognized Civil Rights pioneer Betty Daniels Rosemond and her beautiful, horrifying, and trailblazing journey through the American South as one of the first Freedom Riders during the 1960s. Audiences far and wide will experience the internal conflicts and joys of a dark-skinned Black woman’s fearless battle for equity and equality. Please note: after this performance concludes (approximate run time is 1 hour), there will be an intermission after which Your Negro Tour Guide will be performed. No additional ticket is required.

Written by Isaiah Reaves
Directed by Torie Wiggins
Featuring Samantha Russell as Betty


The updated one-woman stage adaptation of Your Negro Tour Guide draws heavily from columns and National Public Radio commentaries collected in Kathy Y. Wilson’s book, Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black & White based on her former CityBeat column. Throwing a glaring light on misguided notions of natural Black beauty, Black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes, this play allows us, once and for all, to laugh at every secret we’ve held against and sideways glance we’ve cast at “The Other,” whoever they happen to be. Please note: this performance will begin after the intermission that follows I Shall Not Be Moved. No additional ticket is required.

Written by Kathy Y. Wilson
Adapted by Kathy Y. Wilson, Torie Wiggins & Jeff Griffin
Directed by Jeff Griffin
Featuring Torie Wiggins


Content warning: This production contains mature language and content, including themes of racism and racial slurs, physical assault, sexual identity, homophobia, and misogyny.

3/11/22 – Health & Safety

  • In preview Sat. April 9 at 7pm
  • In preview Tue, April 12 at 7pm
  • Wed-Thu, April 13-14 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 15 at 8pm
  • Sat, April16 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 17 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, April 19-21 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 22 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 23 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, April 24 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, April 26-28 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, April 29 at 8pm
  • Sat, April 30 at 2pm & 8pm
  • Sun, May 1 at 2pm
  • Tue-Thu, May 3-5 at 7:30pm
  • Fri, May 6 at 8pm
  • Sat, May 7 at 2pm & 8pm

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