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Rough Reading Series - Playwrights Foundation

Tori Samspon

Cadillac Crew

February 2018

About the play
A lost narrative from the Civil Rights movement, Cadillac Crews were women who drove  across the South, mobilizing other women to unite against segregation—risking their very lives along the way. In 1963 Virginia, four women join the fight for equality, only to find themselves also fighting for a voice within the movement itself. When Rachel’s plan for Rosa Parks to speak at a local rally is shot down, she finds that even her close friends question her opinions, arguing that female activists must accept subordinate roles to keep the movement unified. But new crises in their community galvanize all four women to find common ground and take action, and they decide to form a “Cadillac Crew” of their own. Inspired by this invisible aspect of Civil Rights history, Playwright Tori Sampson reflects on the importance of black women in the fight for equality and asks us to consider the implications of their erasure from these movements.

About Tori Sampson

Tori is a Boston playwright living in Minneapolis. Her plays include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka, THIS LAND WAS MADE (Vineyard Theater 2018 developmental Lab), CADILLAC CREW, Where Butterflies go in the Winter and Some Bodies Travel. Her plays have been developed at Great Plains National Theater Conference, Berkeley Repertory Theater’s The Ground Floor residency program, Victory Garden’s IGNITION festival and UBUNTU theater. Tori is a 2017-18 Playwright’s Center Jerome Fellow. Two of her plays appeared on the 2017 Kilroys List and she holds an Honorable Mention from the 2016 Relentless Award.  She is the Kennedy Center’s 2016 Paula Vogel Playwright and second-place Lorraine Hansberry recipient. She is a 2017 finalist for the Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Prize. Tori is currently working on commissions from Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, and Atlantic Theater Company. She holds a B.S. in sociology from Ball State University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama.

Earlier Event: February 10
Awkward Dinner Party
Later Event: February 17
Kurosawa Series: Ran