LIQUID is currently in development on an original musical based on the life of Marian Anderson - a young, black singer whose desire to become a world class artist unwittingly destined her to spark the Civil Rights Movement.
Born in Philadelphia in 1902, Marian Anderson’s extraordinary voice graced a segregated world just forty years after the end of slavery. A classical contralto, she was celebrated as musical royalty on her tours across Europe, but turned away from performance halls, hotels, and restaurants in the United States due to the color of her skin.
The demand for her voice superseded the segregation of her day, and after being banned from Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., because she was black, Eleanor Roosevelt took up her case. She invited Marian to sing at the White House, and then arranged for a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Easter Sunday, 1939.
75,000 people attended this landmark, unsegregated performance, with a national radio audience of millions. It shattered color barriers and set the stage for the Civil Rights movement. Yet her extraordinary talent and significant historical influence is largely unknown to this generation.
Marian endured overwhelming prejudice throughout her life. Her dignity in the face of dehumanizing discrimination is an inspiration. We believe her story has the power to entertain and transform, while also sparking a culturally relevant dialogue around the issue of racism. To support this, we’re creating an educational program & humanity campaign purposed to heighten the audiences’ awareness and understanding of diversity and tolerance.
BIRD SET FREE
A compelling true story of a woman’s battle with her mind before and after a suicide attempt.
In February 2017, Liquid presented a staged reading of Bird Set Free @ the Two Roads Theatre in LA. This original play is currently being rewritten and workshopped for a 2018 World Premiere. It will host an Educational and Humanity Campaign purposed to spark potentially life-changing conversations around the issue of suicide prevention.
Written by: Dana Lynn
Produced by: Jody Berger & Liquid Theatre Collective