This must-see production showcases a rare moment in local African-American history and is a love letter to the complicated lives, love, and loss of the forgotten Black circus performer. The show received rave reviews in its debut workshop presentation earlier this year.
The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus tells the story of how Butler's great-great-grandparents Ollie Tyson and Ruby Dyson fell in love and settled in La Plata, Maryland. Interwoven into the intense drama is original and 1920s music guaranteed to put you on the edge of your seats. As the performers navigate the struggles that Black performers had to endure in order to survive doing the art they loved, they persevere with noble dignity and remarkable courage.