Theatre Arts at N.C. A&T to Present Original Stage Play “Mississippi Born and Bred”

Mississippi Born and Bred PosterGreensboro, N.C. (Oct. 16, 2017) – The award-winning Theatre Arts program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will open its 2017-18 season, Oct.19-22 and Oct. 26-29 with the world premiere of “Mississippi Born and Bred,” written and directed by Darius Omar Williams, Ph.D., associate professor, theatre arts program director and executive director of the university’s Paul Robeson Theatre.

Set in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1966, “Mississippi Born and Bred” is a coming of age story. Against the historical backdrop of segregation, Jim Crow laws, civil rights activism and the trauma of lynching in the Deep South, the drama tells the story of a 14-year-old black girl named Mook as she struggles on her journey toward empowered black womanhood.

At the center of Mook’s journey is seer Miss. Emma who navigates Mook to a spiritual place as she learns to embrace her complicated differences: her southern speech, her dark skin and her kinky hair.

Guest starring as Miss Emma is actress Johnnie Mae whose television and film credits include “Law & Order SVU,” “Criminal Intent”, “30 Rock,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Enchanted,” “Up in Harlem,” and more. She has won two Audelco Awards for best actress for her performance as Ma Rainey in August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and best supporting actress in “Why Old Ladies Cry at Weddings.”

“Mississippi Born and Bred” is part of ARTSGreensboro’s 17 Days Arts and Cultural Festival, which runs through Oct. 29, 2017. Additionally, the play marks the first opportunity for Aggie Arts Audience Subscribers to enjoy the nationally acclaimed work of the Richard B. Harrison Players. The complete season line-up and subscriber information are available online.

The performance schedule and ticket pricing is listed below:

Performance Schedule

Oct. 19 - 22 and Oct. 26 – 29, 2017
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.


Paul Robeson Theatre on the campus of N.C. A&T 


Adults - $17
Senior Citizens and Non-A&T Students - $11
Children 12 and under - $6
A&T Students - Free w/ Aggie One Card
*Oct. 19 and 26 – pay what you can nights


For tickets call 336-334-7749 or visit