Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc: Carolyn Bryant Project

Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc: The Carolyn Bryant Project

Co-presented with and produced by CalArts Center for New Performance

Emmett “Bobo” Till, a 14-year old Chicago youth, walked into a store in Money, Mississippi to purchase 5-cents worth of bubble gum from Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year old, white mother of two. Within a few days of this interaction, Till’s beaten and bloated body was found tied to a cotton-gin fan in a shallow part of the Tallahatchie River.

Bryant’s husband Roy and his brother JW Milan would be acquitted of Till’s murder by an all-white male jury, only to confess to the murder a year later in a Look Magazine article.

What happened in those fateful minutes shared between Bryant and Till in the store? Creators Nataki Garrett and Andrea LeBlanc layer historical transcripts, video imagery, and re-imagined encounters to expose what lies beneath the exchange between Carolyn Bryant and Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

The Carolyn Bryant Project was developed by Blank The Dog Productions and CalArts Center for New Performance and is made possible in part though funding by the MAP Fund and Trans-Atlantic Consortium.

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THU 5/17
8:30 pm
FRI 5/18
8:30 pm
SAT 5/19
8:30 pm
SUN 5/20
3:00 pm

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