Watching live theater is like interviewing for a job: though multiple costume changes can be distracting, there’s nothing a fake British accent can’t fix. Witness the magic of the stage with today’s GrouponLive deal to see Between a Ballad and a Blues presented by The Carpetbag Theatre at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get one ticket for balcony seating on Saturday, February 25 (up to a $24.75 value, including all fees).
- For $12, you get one ticket for orchestra-rear seating on Friday, February 24 (up to a $32 value, including all fees).
- For $15, you get one ticket for orchestra-front seating on Friday, February 24 (up to a $37 value, including all fees).<p>
Playwright Linda Parris-Bailey lifts her play’s title from a quote by real-life protagonist Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, who described his adventurous life, in which he strummed in a string band for nearly all of the 20th century, as “somewhere between a ballad and a blues.” Louie Bluie’s virtuosity on 22 instruments and loquacity with seven languages sailed him overseas and piggybacked him with the help of admiring fans nationwide, where he toured a segregated land that revered the scope of his talent but not the color of his skin. Ensemble members from Knoxville’s Carpetbag Theatre capture scenes in a real-life epic that garnered Armstrong Lifetime Honors from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The shroud of history and the silhouette of an American music legend will grace the stage inside the sleek, modern August Wilson Center. Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, The Center’s two-story, steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the confidence of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat.
August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Though having only recently celebrated its second birthday, the August Wilson Center commands a striking architectural confidence. Its two-story steel-and-glass sail juts into the night sky with the bravado of a toddler who just lassoed his first neighborhood cat. Within the steal and glass, a 486-seat theater hosts plays, dance performances, and lectures while multiple exhibition galleries display art and cultural treasures for the community. The center draws on the legacy and culture of African Americans from Western Pennsylvania, infusing each curation with a celebration of rich history.