I was just reminded that my play, LIONS OF INDUSTRY, MOTHERS OF INVENTION, is now playing at the Smithsonian Associates' Discovery Theater. I first wrote it back in 2008 under the direction of Discovery Theatre's Artistic Director Roberta Gasbarre. What excited me about this play was that I had the opportunity to introduce Black Inventors to young children. Historically, the contributions made by people of color to fields of agriculture, science, medicine, beauty, and elsewhere are overlooked. This was a chance to correct that history and honor these extraordinary people. During one of our rehearsals, NPR's Allison Keyes stopped by to speak with me and the other artists about he play and our experience. Click here to listen to that interview and here's more information about the current production:
Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention
Tues.-Fri., Feb. 4-7 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Ripley Center, Smithsonian
Recommended for Ages 8+
Discovery Theater’s original interactive play honors the creativity and genius of African American entrepreneurs and inventors including beauty-product magnate Madame C.J. Walker; agricultural chemist and “peanut man” George Washington Carver; education giant Booker T. Washington; and George Crum, the cranky chef who accidentally created the potato chip. The production inspires the dreamer and achiever in all of us.
Child: $6 ($10 on weekend)
Child under 2: $3
Adult: $8 ($12 on weekend)
Smithsonian Associate Members: $5
Click here to purchase tickets. If you have a group of 10 children or more, please visit our Group Sales page.
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