Sunday, September 19, 2021

Steel River Re-Opens With Black History Shows

Reginald Brown in a performance of "The Ethics of Jim Crow."

Blogger's Note:
The following was submitted by Steel River Playhouse

As our community celebrates our local arts community, Steel River Playhouse brings three shows sure to engage and spark community discussions over the next two weeks. 

By popular demand “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” returned Saturday and has one more show on Sunday.

On Saturday, Sept. 25 Marvin Jefferson will present the first of two portrayals of important historic influencers – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sept. 25 and York, the slave and body servant of William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition on the Sunday, Sept. 26.

Artistic Director Leena Devlin notes “As we enter Montco Arts Week (coinciding with the reopening of Steel River), it is the perfect opportunity to share these inspiring and enlightening stories with the community and we are thrilled to welcome the engrossing story tellers and educators Reginald Brown and Marvin Jefferson to our stage. It is our hope that the stories these two gentlemen share will spark deeper thought and vibrant conversation around our shared experiences as Americans, and as people. We invite you to join us. Come witness these stories, and stay after to share your thoughts on your experience.”

“The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” is an intense and important theatrical event that highlights the painful era in U.S. history characterized by the forced segregation of African Americans. Join Reginald Brown and Director Teresa Morrow Brown for a discussion after the show. Performances will take place at 2 PM on today Sept. 19.

On Saturday, Sept. 25 at  8 p.m., Jefferson will explore the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56) to the Poor People’s campaign (1967-68).

On Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. Jefferson will look at an earlier time in our history. York, the slave and body servant of William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition, risked his life to secure the survival of the company and the success of the mission. What happened to York? All we know for sure is when the country needed him, he served.

Tickets for all shows are available at the Box Office or online at

For more information about volunteer opportunities or questions about our upcoming events please email We look forward to welcoming you to our Arts Montco Week celebration!

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