DC Honors the Pullman Greats: ‘Pullman Porter Blues’ Opens at Arena Stage

A fascinating moment in American history is brought to life at the Southwest Waterfront’s Arena Stage with the production of Pullman Porter Blues. Set in 1939, Pullman Porter Blues takes us behind the plush décor and luxurious amenities offered aboard first-class railroad cars, into the untold story of the Pullman porter.

Written by playwright Cheryl L. West, this Midwest blues musical explores the lives of three Pullman train porters and their journey battling each other, racial tensions, and an uncertain future, in hopes of reaching a better life.  Outstanding performances include E. Faye Butler, as traveling blues singer Sister Juba, and Warner Miller, who plays the young and ambitious Cephas Sykes.

Pullman Porter Blues runs November 23, 2012 through January 6, 2013 in the Arena Stage’s Kreeger Theater.

***Did you know?!: In honor of Pullman Porter BluesMayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson have declared November 29-December 29 “Pullman Porter Awareness Month” to honor the history and legacy of train porters.

All photos credit Chris Bennion

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