Carolyn Bryant Project

Created by Nataki Garrett & Andrea LeBlanc
Directed by Nataki Garrett
Featuring Jacob Gibson and Andrea LeBlanc

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.

World Premiere, May 17-20, 2018 at REDCAT

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.

The Team

Scenic Designer, Liz Smith
Costume Designer, x. hill
Lighting Designer, Chris Kuhl
Sound Designer, Daniel Gower
Video Designer, Edgar Arceneaux
Associate Video Designer, Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh
Production Stage Manager, Topher Rohrer
Production Manager, Kathleen O’Kelly
Associate Producer, Sophie Blumberg
Technical Consultant, Paul DiPietro
Design Consultant, Chris Barreca