May 2 - 3: Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at Cal Performances

Treemonisha imageDates: Saturday, May 2 at 8pm, Sunday, May 3 at 3pm

Location: Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley 

Tickets: calperformances.org / 510-632-9988

Topic: Theater performance of ragtime composer Scott Joplin's story of black female empowerment telling the tale of an abandoned ex-slave girl who grows up to lead her community. 

About the Performance: 

Volcano Theatre Company with the Moveable Beast Collective
Weyni Mengesha, stage director
In his masterwork Treemonisha, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin created a story of black female empowerment that explored the aspirations of African Americans, telling the tale of an abandoned ex-slave girl who grows up to lead her community. The landmark work, written more than 100 years ago, never reached the stage during Joplin's lifetime, but the Toronto-based Volcano Theatre Company is resurrecting the opera and bringing Joplin's fictional African-American town in the post-Reconstruction South to vivid life in this reimagined and partially-staged production. The company has enlisted Leah-Simone Bowen to create a new libretto honoring the politics of Joplin's original, set to new orchestrations of the composer's vibrant and eclectic score, in which he fuses classical and folk sounds with gospel and ragtime.