Passion Of Mary Cardwell Dawson

Date(s) - 04/27/2024 - 05/05/2024
12:00 am

Byham Theater


Written by award winning playwright and librettist Sandra Seaton, this acclaimed show celebrates the accomplishments of musician and educator Mary Cardwell Dawson (1894-1962).

Mary Cardwell Dawson’s dream to provide access for African Americans to perform on stages for all audiences changed the future of opera. That began in 1941 when she founded the Pittsburgh-based National Negro Opera Company. “The Passion of Mary Caldwell Dawson” recounts her legacy through an actual incident. In 1943, the company is set to perform on a floating barge to evade racially segregated venues — until bad weather intervenes.

The National Negro Opera Company disbanded in 1962 with Dawson’s death.

This play with music includes selections from the 1875 opera “Carmen” as well as original music by award-winning composer Carlos Simon.

101 Sixth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States