Selma Burke by Maria Crooks & Caroline Russell-King
Based on the true story of the African American sculptress, Selma Burke chronicles many of the extraordinary events of the 20th century through her extraordinary sculptures, including lynching's, the Harlem Renaissance, the Holocaust, and the assassination of MLK. Recognizing that it’s aways easier to rip things down than build things up, she champions others' accomplishments through her art in a society that doesn’t always recognize her talents, with a husband who (loves her but) often destroys her work, with the government which steals her art, and the FBI.
Selma Burke includes the innovative use of actors who metaphorize into Selma’s sculptures that challenge, support and bicker with her and each other.
Keywords: Selma Burke, African American, sculptress, assassination of Dr. King, MLK, Harlem Renaissance
Run time: 90 minutes
Content note: Content is intended for adults.
Cast size: 4 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 2
Casting note: Play requires two Black actors (one male, one female)