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Grand Theatre: Tragedy in Tuskegee

Published January 31, 2012 4:31 pm

Utah theater • "Miss Evers' Boys" brings injustice, humanity to Grand Theatre stage.
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David Feldshuh's Pulitzer Prize finalist 1992 play "Miss Evers' Boys," about the grotesque injustice of the United States government's secret medical experiment on African Americans left untreated for syphilis, is one of the best examples of history coming to life onstage. More than that, it's simply an outstanding play.

Chronicling the relationship of nurse Eunice Evers with her dying patients, it brings grace, wit and all the requisite humanity needed to confront its tragic subject matter. Toni Byrd, EttaGrace Black Theatre Company co-founder, directs the Utah premiere. Latoya Rhodes plays Eunice Evers with Ricardo Cumba as Hodman Bryan, Sean Cater as Willie Johnson and Brien Jones as Dr. Eugene Brodus among the cast.

"Miss Evers' Boys" Utah premiere at the Grand Theatre

When • Feb. 2-18; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. with 1 p.m. matinees Feb. 4 and 11.

Where • The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake Community College campus, Salt Lake City

Info • $10-$24. Call 801-957-3322 or visit http://www.the-grand.org for more information. —

"Miss Evers' Boys" Utah premiere at the Grand Theatre

When • Feb. 2-18; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. with 1 p.m. matinees Feb. 4 and 11.

Where • The Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake Community College campus, Salt Lake City

Info • $10-$24. Call 801-957-3322 or visit http://www.the-grand.org for more information.