American Theater Group Presents New Jersey Premiere of ‘Till’

American Theater Group is thrilled to present the moving new musical “Till.” This stirring and powerful show tells the story of 15-year-old Emmett Till, whose murder in Mississippi helped to ignite the civil rights movement. In a time where we still require memorials to Till to be bullet-proof to stop vandalism, this story is as important as ever. Written by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro, Till will make its New Jersey premiere at the end of Black History Month, with preview performances on February 27th and 28th, and will open on February 29th. With many of the scenes set inside a church, this production will be staged at the historic St. Andrew’s Church in South Orange, NJ.

Till made its world premiere in July 2019 at the New York Musical Festival. The New York Times praised it as “by far the best of four shows I saw at this year’s festival,” with Theater Mania calling it “a beautiful tribute to Emmett and his mother, Mamie Till.”

American Theater Group’s production of Till will be directed by Cezar Williams with choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Full cast information will be available at the end of January. The production will run February 27th through March 8th at The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew & Holy Communion, 160 S. Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ. Tickets are $39 and are available at americantheatergroup.org.

Following the March 5th performance, audience members are invited to stay for a talk back with Reverend Wheeler Parker, Jr — Emmett Till’s cousin who was with him in Mississippi in 1955 and is the last living witness to the events that led to Emmett’s murder.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

Feb. 27 & 28 at 7 pm (Previews)
Feb. 29, March 5, 6 & 7 at 7 pm
March 1 & 8 at 1 pm (March 1 performance followed by a talk-back with show director and writers)