For the eleventh entry in its Off the Page series of monthly staged readings, Sierra Madre Playhouse will present From the Mississippi Delta.

From Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland, winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award, comes the personal story of her rise from poverty as an unwed mother, high-school dropout and prostitute to become a civil rights leader, scholar, professor, mother, poet and acclaimed writer.

Sherrie Lofton directs a cast that includes Leslie Bee, Tyra Hughes and Toyin Moses in this staged reading.

Dr. Holland (1944-2006) was a professor of theatre at USC, retiring in 2003. Her other plays include Autobiography of a Parader Without a Permit, Fanny Lou, Mrs. Ida B. Wells, Prairie Women, The Reconstruction of Dossie Ree Hemphil, Requiem for a Snake and Second Doctor Lady. From the Mississippi Delta was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.

Debra J. Harner and Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano curate the Off the Page series.

Off the Page Series’ From the Mississippi Delta will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Reservations are not required.

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Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre, Blvd., Sierra Madre. This is just east of Pasadena. There is ample free parking behind the theatre.