TWO DAYS BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, “THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK” INAUGURATES FLINT YOUTH THEATRE’S EMANCIPATION PROJECTWITH A PERSONAL PORTRAYAL OF LINCOLN

A chamber performance of The Heavens Are Hung in Black on November 4 is the first of four plays in Flint Youth Theatre’s Emancipation Project commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emanicpation Proclamation.

The Heavens Are Hung in Black is written by James Still. The play examines Lincoln from an intensely personal point of view. From the death of his son, Willie, to the prosecution of the war, the months leading up to his great decision were filled with heartbreak and setbacks.

Playwright James Still, was commissioned by Ford’s Theatre to write this play in celebration of the theatre’s renovation and reopening. FYT’s chamber performance of The Heavens Are Hung in Black commemorates Lincoln’s presidential legacy two days before the U.S. national election.

The evening begins with a chamber performance of the play at 6 P.M., followed by a panel discussion and wine and cheese reception.

Tickets for The Heavens Are Hung in Black are $25 and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810.237.1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. This play is recommended for ages 12 and up.

The Heavens Are Hung in Black is part of FYT’s Emancipation Project, a season long exploration of emancipation, from the historical U.S. event in 1862 to its immediate aftermath, and through to the present day. The project consists of the following four plays:

The Heavens Are Hung in Black                   
by James Still
An FYT Special Event Chamber Performance
Sunday, November 4, 6 P.M.
Tickets: $25

Gee’s Bend
by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
An FYT Signature Series Production
February 15-March 3
Tickets:  $12-$18

Gem of the Ocean
by August Wilson
An FYT Off the Press Staged Reading
Sunday, February 24, 6 P.M.
Tickets:  $7

The Whipping Man
by Matthew Lopez
An FYT Off the Press Staged Reading
Sunday, March 24, 6 P.M.
Tickets:  $7

A four-play package is available for $45.

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