Cross That River
- Apr 28 / Friday 8:00 PM Buy Tickets
“This sure ain’t a tale you gonna read about in them dime-store Westerns.”—Allan Harris
The unsettled West of the 1860s provides a new life and new dreams for Blue, a freedom-seeking enslaved person who escapes to Texas to become one of America’s first cowboys. This moving musical and theatrical event spotlights a significant moment in American History, when Black Cowboys lived, helped settle the West and shape the country. Integrating fiction with historical fact, each song represents a different page in this complicated chapter of American history. Award-winning musician Allan Harris (hailed as “my favorite singer” by Tony Bennett), along with fellow musicians tell the untold story of the Black West, empowering and inspiring with a story of perseverance, hope, and freedom.
The Illuminate series features two stories that look at the African American experience in different moments of time, examining race and Black History in America.
Sponsored by Delta Dental of Michigan.
“Everyone has their own ways of expression. I believe we all have a lot to say, but finding ways to say it is more than half the battle.” —Criss Jami, writer
Cross That River ticket holders are invited to attend an extended conversation with the members of the cast and creative team the day after the performance. Join us Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 10am for a two-hour exploration of the play and the interactions with the artists who created it.
Co-moderated by Dr. Nakia Parker, MSU Department of History, College of Social Science.
Registration is required and information will be sent two weeks before the event.
Recommended for ages 5 and up, best suited for ages 8 and up.
Sensory-Friendly Performance on April 29
There will be a Sensory-Friendly Performance of Cross That River on April 29, 2023, at 3pm.