“It’s really a women’s story, about how powerless women are in general,” Lyles says. “This woman in Georgia in 1944 had no hope...because she killed a white man. She’d been in jail in the past for running a whorehouse, and she had a drinking problem, but she didn’t deserve to die. She should never have been charged for capital murder in the first place.” And the fact that Baker was pardoned in Georgia more than sixty years after her death drips with irony, Lyles adds.
Libby Arnold directs, and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood stars as Baker in Who Will Sing for Lena?; shows run at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through August 3 at the Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 East Colfax Avenue in Aurora. For information or tickets, $20 to $22 (or $11 on “cheap date night,” July 24), visit andtototoo.org or call 303-739-1970.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: July 17. Continues through Aug. 3, 2014