Black Creek Risin'

Black Creek Risin' is set in the ripe and sweltering summer bayou heat of 1920. It centers on Mama Jakes, a majestic black woman who decides to start bootlegging whiskey with her business partner and musician friend Willie Earl - after the Law of Prohibition - rains down resulting in the closing of her prominent juke joint Black Creek. This, in turn, sets in motion a chain of life-changing events that...
Black Creek Risin' is set in the ripe and sweltering summer bayou heat of 1920. It centers on Mama Jakes, a majestic black woman who decides to start bootlegging whiskey with her business partner and musician friend Willie Earl - after the Law of Prohibition - rains down resulting in the closing of her prominent juke joint Black Creek. This, in turn, sets in motion a chain of life-changing events that greatly impact Mama Jakes and her entire family. Black Creek Risin' is about love...bootleggin'...and the dark secrets hidden in the backwoods of Louisiana. Black Creek Risin' the first installment LaDarrion Williams' Black Creek Trilogy.
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Black Creek Risin'

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  • A. Emmanuel Leadon:
    5 Jun. 2019
    An eloquent, gritty, sensual period piece that asks what it takes to move on and whether moving on is worth the trouble. Williams's mastery of language in both dialogue and stage directions makes for an unforgettable experience. Also contains a sprinkle of magic.
  • Ryan Stevens:
    27 May. 2019
    A fantastic, atmospheric, expressionistic story on family, music, American culture, and the bonds that hold people together and hold them down at the same time. This play is thrilling in how it focuses this story in tragic characters and tangible emotion that sears off the page.
  • Cassie Stokes-Wylie:
    13 Sep. 2018
    A finalist for the 2018 David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artist Theatre Grant in partnership with Salt Lake Acting Company, BLACK CREEK RISIN' takes place in 1920s New Orleans with larger than life characters and exciting theatrical challenges. LaDarrion Williams is a skillful writer and has created a vivid world in which to play.

Development History

  • Residency
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    Great Plains Theatre Conference
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    2019
  • Reading
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    Self-Produced
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    2018

Awards

Finalist
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The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant
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The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant
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2018