$20 Previews, $40 Performances

Broadbend, Arkansas
Act 1 (Just One Q) book and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, with music by Ted Shen Act 2 (Ruby) book and lyrics by Harrison David Rivers, with music and additional lyrics by Ted Shen

September 28th - October 30th, 2021

2:00pm & 7:00pm

How can I protect them from the whole damn world? This beautiful jazz-infused two-person musical reveals a short insightful history of a family whose stories parallel our current social issues. Benny is a Black orderly at a white nursing home in 1961 raising his twin daughters alone. He befriends his boss Julynne as they bond over missing scrabble tiles and plucking chin hairs. Inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, Benny joins the Freedom Riders in the Deep South.Twenty-seven years later, his daughter Ruby is living through similar racial injustice while struggling to understand an incident of police brutality against her 15-year-old son. This exquisite and stunning musical spans three decades and three generations. In Broadbend, Arkansas, Benny and Ruby ask us to contemplate the cycles of violence in this country, and how we will find hope and create change against the backdrop of systemic racism.

Content Advisories: Language, Adult Content, Violence

Sign Language Interpretation: Sign Language Interpretation is available on Tuesday Tuesday October 19, 2021. Please e-mail Tickets@TheVillages.com if you would like to attend this performance for the interpretation.

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