Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch

Friday, June 14

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Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch


  • Thursday June 13, 2024 8:00pm
  • Friday June 14, 2024 8:00pm
  • Saturday June 15, 2024 2:30pm
  • Saturday June 15, 2024 8:00pm
  • Sunday June 16, 2024 2:30pm

Galveston Lighthouse Productions Inc. is thrilled to announce its landmark inaugural production of "Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis," a satirical masterpiece that promises to captivate audiences and spark meaningful conversations about civil rights. Presented by arrangement with Concord theatricals on behalf of Samuel French.

Written by the acclaimed playwright Ossie Davis, "Purlie Victorious" follows the journey of Purlie Victorious Judson, a Black self-made traveling preacher, as he returns to his segregated Georgia hometown with a bold mission: to buy and rehabilitate its derelict church, Big Bethel. However, Purlie's mission is met with resistance from the town's racist tyrant, Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee, setting the stage for a hilarious and thought-provoking exploration of race, discrimination, and resilience.

Ossie Davis, a prominent figure in the civil rights movement, drew inspiration from his own experiences with discrimination and bigotry to craft this poignant satire. His words, whether on stage, screen, or in speeches, have long been synonymous with civil rights activism, making "Purlie Victorious" a powerful testament to his lifelong commitment to social justice.

"Bringing 'Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch' to the stage is not just about entertainment; it's about fostering dialogue and understanding," says Sam Gorashko, President and Artistic Director of Galveston Lighthouse Productions Inc. and the director of the production. "By partnering with various community organizations and collaborators, including Old Central Cultural Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Freedom School, Arts in Activism, Dr. Carol Bunch Davis and The African American Cultural Heritage District to name just a few, we aim to make this production a true celebration of our shared history and resilience and the value of a united community."

Set against the backdrop of Old Central Cultural Center, the first high school for African Americans in Texas, "Purlie Victorious" is a fitting tribute to the legacy of civil rights pioneers. With five performances scheduled from June 13th to 16th, including two matinees and evening shows, audiences can expect an immersive theatrical experience that blends laughter, heart, and social commentary.

"We invite the entire Galveston community and surrounding communities to join us this Juneteenth for an unforgettable celebration of laughter and learning," adds Love Fillius Production Assistant and Stage manager for the production. "Together, let's honor our past, celebrate our progress, and pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future."

For tickets and more information about "Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp through the Cotton Patch by Ossie Davis," please visit www.galvestonlighthouseproductions.org.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Saturday, June 15
  • Sunday, June 16