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What Wings They Were

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May
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World premiere

WHAT WINGS THEY WERE: THE CASE OF EMELINE 
(John L. Cornelius II/Janine Joseph)

Based on a true Houston story from the 1840s, What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline tells the story of Emeline, a young African-American woman who successfully sued the man who was unlawfully holding her and her two children as slaves and won the case—thus securing their freedom. Peter Gray, the young lawyer who represented Emeline, went on to found what is now known as the Baker Botts law firm.

This amazing tale of courage and justice, recently discovered in the court archives by State District Judge Mark Davidson, has been transformed into an original 40-minute English-language chamber opera by Houston-based composer John L. Cornelius II and librettist Janine Joseph. The story will be brought to life by a talented cast of local artists under the direction of Eileen Morris.

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
Please join us for this exciting world premiere!

Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. JUST ADDED!
The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street (in the Performance Center - enter at Fannin St & Berry St)
Reserve free tickets here! 

Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m.
The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street (in the Performance Center - enter at Fannin St & Berry St)
Free tickets available on a standby basis only, 15 minutes before performance time.

Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m.
The DeLuxe Theater, 3303 Lyons Avenue
Free tickets available on a standby basis only, 15 minutes before performance time.


SPECIAL FUNDRAISER PERFORMANCES
The Houston Bar Association hosts two special performances at the 1910 Courthouse, the original site of Emeline’s trial, in support of Houston Volunteer Lawyers.

Tuesday, May 3 & Wednesday, May 4
Event begins at 6pm; performance at 7pm
1910 Courthouse, 301 Fannin Street
Buy Tickets

What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline also tours to Houston-area middle and high schools from April 29-May 6.

Lead Supporter   


A special gift to What Wings They Were was made by Glen Rosenbaum in honor of Judge Mark Davidson.


Community Partners:

                    Houston Bar Association Logo Houston Volunteer Lawyer Logo Communities in Schools logo  The Ensemble Theater Logo

 

                The DeLuxe Theater

                                     

 

CAST

Emeline/Lucy
Peter Gray
The Figure/Jesse Bolls/Dr. Seip

CREATIVE TEAM

Librettist
Director
Music Director

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist