While the history and impact of the Delta Blues tradition is undisputed, few are aware of the contemporary artistry that continues to thrive in the region. Delta Rising follows the life stories of people who come from the Mississippi Delta -- or whose families come from the Delta -- and provides an artistically beautiful and historical testament to the diversity, vibrancy and complex history of the region.
Shermel Carthan, Gene Dattel, Edena Hines, Toni Seawright, Virginia Wing
Written and Directed by: Talvin Wilks and Ping Chong, in collaboration with the cast
Production Design: Maya Ciarrocchi
Stage Manager: Jennifer Conley Darling
Lighting Design: Brant Thomas Murray
BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, NY (May 2008)
Delta Rising was commissioned by 651 ARTS as part of the Mississippi Delta Heritage Project
Made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Departent of Cultural Affairs, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, the National Sponsor of the Undesirable Elements series.
Photo Credit: Victor Jouvert