‘Ain’t I a Woman’ plays Monday

‘Ain’t I a  Woman’  plays MondayThe Core Ensemble will present the chamber-music theater work “Ain’t I a Woman!” on Monday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cerro Coso Community College Library.

“Chamber music theater is unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble, featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance,” said a spokesperson.

Shayla Simmons portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion.

The story celebrates the life and times of four powerful African American women — renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, exuberant folk artist Clementine Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer.

The musical score is drawn from the heartfelt spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age and contemporary concert music by African Ameri-cans. “Ain’t I a Woman!” is a joyful exploration of the trials and triumphs of four passionate and accomplished women.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured in every region of the United States, as well as internationally to Australia, England, Russia, Ukraine, and the British Virgin Islands.

The Cerro Coso Social Science Department will sponsor the event, and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

Pictured: Shayla Simmons, star of “Ain’t I a Woman,” with some of the icons she will portray. -- Courtesy photo montage

Story First Published: 2017-02-24