January 18, 2023

Washington University’s Black Anthology Presents: Change Gon’ Come

When: February 10th and 11th at 7 PM (with a pre-show discussion at 6:15pm0
Where: Edison Theater with tickets available for purchase starting on January 18th at Edison Theatre or at
Cost: $10 (WUSTL ID) $12 (General Admission)
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The live show will premiere in Edison Theater on February 10th and 11th at 7:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday productions will be preceded by a pre-show discussion on the themes of the show with the playwright and special panel guests. Black Anthology aims to tell stories about the Black experience. Our hope is that viewers are immersed, become a part of that experience, and are motivated to learn more. This year’s play will bring to light the struggles African Americans face in their everyday lives and in neighborhoods. We get to see firsthand generations live through a seemingly similar cycle.

After being limited to 50% capacity and having a pre-recorded show last year due to COVID,
Black Anthology is excited to be back for a fully in-person show! Courtney Robertson—director
of this year’s show—states, “I am so excited to see Black Anthology return to the stage for my
final year. The live reactions, the audience’s energy, and just the real magic of theater are things I have missed dearly. I cannot wait for you all to see this year’s show!”

Senior actor in the show, Raevyn Ferguson, who has a long-standing relationship with Black
Anthology dating back to her junior year of high school, comments: “Senior year is bittersweet
for me. Honestly, I have been passionate about Black Anthology since I first saw 1:05 my junior
year of high school. The ability to tell Black stories in a way that can create conversation and
social change is so special, that I knew I needed to find a way to be a part of it or create
something similar. As my time in Black Anthology comes to a close and I soon become an alum, I now know that the family, stories, and impact of Black Anthology are not features that can be duplicated. I appreciate BA for providing a space as an actor to find my voice, and offering space as a Black woman to feel seen and heard by the stories represented.”

It is amazing to see how much Black Anthology has become a part of students’ lives on campus and in the St. Louis community. Marc Ridgell–producer of this year’s show–states, “This is my fourth and final year in Black Anthology. I began my tenure at Washington University with an in-person show, and I am leaving Washington University with an in-person show, with two virtual shows in between. It is such a full-circle moment. I am so grateful for the community I have made with BA, and I am so excited to see the show in live action. I will miss BA once I graduate and will forever hold the memories, skills, and experiences I have in my heart.” Black Anthology is thrilled to welcome our friends and family back into the theater to celebrate freedom of expression, Black voices, and the Black experience.

Marcia Hayes-Harris founded Black Anthology in 1989 to create a way to celebrate the experience and history of African Americans. She hoped that it would provide a space for Black students on campus to express themselves creatively. Now in its 32nd year, the program is still completely student-run from show art and script writing to set production and costume design. It is amazing that so many years later, Marcia Hayes-Harris’ vision still flourishes, has a great impact on campus life, and creates a safe space for Black students at Washington University.