The Reverend Paul(i) Murray
by Overtime Theater
Jun. 03 - Jun. 25, 2022
Pauli Murray's queerness is brought to the forefront of her identity as Kalina, a student, questions her professor's assessment of a recent essay that she wrote for his class. However, when Kalina's essay-version of Pauli is confronted with Pauli, herself, Kalina is forced to ponder the many ways that by upholding Murray's legacy she is denying Murray of her humanity.
Pauli Murray (1910-1985) was a very real, black, feminist, reverend, lawyer, and gender-nonconforming poet in the 1950s who wrote arguments that helped win cases such as Brown vs. the Board of Education. Pauli is arguably one of the most important people in the civil rights movement, so why don’t we know her name?
The show stars Devon Mathews, Jeniffer Miranda, and Justin Elms. Amy Abrigo directs.
Q&A with director Amy Abrigo
Q: What can audiences expect when they come to see this show?
A: “Passion. These performers are very passionate about this show and its subject matter, and it bleeds through their performance onto the stage.”
Q: How excited are you to be performing at The Overtime?
A: “We are beyond excited to share this incredible and timely piece with all of you. If you don’t know who Pauli Murray is, if you don’t know what LGBTQIA+ stands for, if you enjoy good theatre, or if you are looking for the opportunity to learn something new and grow your understanding of queerness and what happens when we put labels on people without asking their permission, then this show is for you.”
“Once I started reading this play, I couldn't put it down. Every word had me on the edge of my seat,” said the Overtime's former artistic director Jade Esteban Estrada. “This play points to progressive saviorism and how sometimes well-intentioned individuals have a tendency to place labels on others without their consent. Though this powerful play will likely resonate with all audiences, it's a must-see for progressives, academics, and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+."
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We are in the Little Overtime Theater, so seating will be limited! Reserve your spot today for this historical docudrama before it becomes a thing of the past.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Ada A. is an early-career playwright who graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A in anthropology. Currently Chicago-based, she is working on cultivating and honing a voice unique to her.
June 03 - June 25, 2022
5409 Bandera Road, Unit 205
San Antonio, TX, 78238
June 3 – 25, 2022
Fridays and Saturdays @ 7 pm
The Overtime Theater, 5409 Bandera Rd #205, Leon Valley, TX 78238
The show will run for eight performances: Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. June 3 - 25, 2022 in The Little Overtime Theater. The Overtime Theater is located at 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205 on the city’s Northwest Side. General admission tickets are $12. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at theovertimetheater.org.