Pick a Venue, Make a Statement

Site-specific performances aren't common, but they happen. This is the first site-specific performance I've heard of where the site and the content have such a powerful connection. The show itself, The Death of Bessie Smith, is about a segregation-era hospital and the death of the famous blues singer of the title, but the hospital where it’s happening is on the verge of closure. The content of the play takes on social issues that in some ways resemble the issues raised by...

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