Vivian's Music 1969


Inspired by these real events: in 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest bursting with racial tension, a 14-year-old black girl named Vivian was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her, just her name, her age, and how she died. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music, and a reason to live; the jazz legend who’s back in the neighborhood might be her real father. Can they find each other, before the city explodes? Edinburgh Fringe Festival review: "A moment of theatrical brilliance." Gareth Vile, The List.

Presented by The Essential Theatre

Show Type
Running Time
100 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$10 - $39

Discount Tickets Available Friday, July 5 7:30 PM Pay What You Can; Sunday July 7th at 2:00 PM Senior Citizen/Military $10 Play Date with ID only, persons who are active military and persons 65 or older pay $10, must present ID; Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM 12:45 Klub only with ID, persons aged 12 through 45 buy one ticket for approximately 50% discount, get one ticket free for a friend, pre-show events begin at 12:45 PM; Sales at box office only for all listed discounts, must show ID where required; All sales final, no exchanges or refunds.

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Box Office Phone: 800-838-3006

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 07/05/2019 - 07/28/2019
Sunday 02:00pm06:00pm-
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Saturday 02:00pm07:30pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 07/05/2019 - 7:30pm Pay What You Can/LGBTQIA Nite
  • 07/07/2019 - 2:00pm Senior/Mil. $10 Play Date
  • 07/13/2019 - 2:00pm 12:45 Klub
Performer Role
Russell Jordan Luigi Wells
Kailah S King Vivian Strong
Production Personnel
Monica Bauer
Glory Kadigan
Costume Designer
Janet Mervin
Sound Designer
Andy Evan Cohen
Lighting Designer
Benjamin Ehrenreich


Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

Getting There

  • Anacostia (Green Line)
  • Easily accessible via 90-series buses


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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