By Peter Manos

Directed by Deb Royals Mizerk, Music Direction by Ronzel Bell


Dates:  February 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8pm

February Feb 16, 22, 23 at 3pm


Running time:  1hour and 15 minutes



Pure Life Theatre Company

3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113 Raleigh, NC 27606


The greatest Love story in America history is appropriately enough the Loving story.  In the 1950s, Richard Loving, a white Virginia construction worker, loved Mildred Jeter an African American.  Virginia state law prohibited interracial marriage, and, when state authorities found out Richard and Mildred had married, the couple was arrested an put on trial and received a 25 year jail sentence, suspended if they left the state.  They tried to make a life in Washington D.C., but found it dangerous for their three children, so they moved back to Virginia, where they were arrested and allowed never to meet under the same roof on pain of jail.  They appealed their case to the Virginia Supreme court where the state again ruled against the Lovings.  Finally, in a landmark United States Supreme Court decision, Loving V Virginia, laws prohibiting interracial marriage were ruled unconstitutional. 






Book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell.  Based on the play Purlie Victorious by Ossie Davis.  Music by Gary Geld.  Lyrics by Peter Udell.


Directed by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ronzel Bell, Choreography by Aya Wallace and Chanda Branch, Costume Design by Brenda Hayes and Set Design by Deb Royals


Dates:  June 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm and June 14, 21 and 28 at 3pm

In the likelihood that this show sells out – we will add matinee performances on the Saturdays within the run.  



Pure Life Theatre Company

3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113 Raleigh, NC 27606


Look out world, Purlie is coming back home! Based on the 1961 comedy, Purlie Victorious by the great actor Ossie Davis, the 1970 musical Purlie is set in Georgia during the era of Jim Crow laws and deep-rooted prejudice, none of that is going to set back Preacher Purlie and his new-found protege, young Lutiebelle.  Purlie wants his people's rights and his own church in which to preach freely, and he sets out to get it all. Through the course of his antics, love blooms and faith swoons. Meanwhile, the Southern white plantation owner, holds his sharecroppers in virtual slavery.  But the plantation owner’s son Charlie would rather live in an ideal world of peace and brotherhood. Innocent, but ineffective at first, Charlie jumps on Purlie's hallelujah bandwagon and soon--with a little help from Divine Providence--they parade laughing, clapping, and singing into the light.  In the early days of the civil rights movement Purlie comes home as a preacher who shakes things up and brings freedom to his people.


“The book is so strong, the performance so magnificent, that this musical should have you calling out “Hallelujah!” ~ The New York Times


“A robust, tuneful and thoroughly enjoyable musical comedy, with dandy songs.”

                                                                                    ~ New York Daily


Pure Life Theatre

in the Historic Royal Bakery Building 

3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113

Raleigh NC 27607


Email: purelifetheatre@gmail.com
Tel: 919-272-1551

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