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FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: BIRMINGHAM 1963

Clockwise from left: Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, and Addie Mae Collins.

Clockwise from left: Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Denise McNair, and Addie Mae Collins.

What bothers me most is that their names have been virtually erased. They are inevitably referred to as “the four black girls
— Angela Davis from Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

Full-Length Theater for Young Audiences Musical, no Intermission
4G, plus an ensemble of at least 16, including 8G

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Every child imagines what they want to be when they grow up. The four little girls who attended the 16th Street Baptist Church were no exception.

This play centers on Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins, four little girls who are multi-talented and bursting with promise and who share their hopes and dreams against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.  While Denise dreams of becoming a doctor, Carole looks forward to the dress she will one day wear at the cotillion, Cynthia imagines her life as a mathematics professor at the local university and Addie Mae envisions a life as a professional baseball player. The realities of the segregated political climate that will put a stop to these dreams swirl around them and eventually culminate in the fateful events of September 15, 1963.

This searing drama dares to examine what it's like to be  a child in the most extreme circumstances.

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OF NOTE

Commission from SteppingStone Theatre in 2009

WORLD PREMIERE

February 2011
SteppingStone Theatre
, St. Paul MN
directed by Signe Harriday