Black Pearl Sings!

Roz White and Teresa Castracane in MetroStage production of Black Pearl Sings! Chris Banks
Performance Dates

Two extraordinary women in Depression-era Texas. An ambitious Library of Congress musicologist and her discovery of the musical gifts of an African American woman with a soulful voice and steely spirit. A powerful evocative story of how they must work together to fulfill both of their goals. A journey of race and reconciliation, religion and tenacity, historical origins of folk music, and ultimate healing and understanding. Based on the discovery of legendary folk singer/guitarist  Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter in prison by folklorist John Lomax and their subsequent musical partnership. Featuring over 20 American folk and spiritual songs.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes



Creative Team

Costume Designer
Musical Director
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer