Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery

Sponsored by
Coppin Repertory Theatre

10.00 - 20.00

The Theatre Lab, Grace Jacobs Building (lower level),
2500 West North Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21216

Coppin Repertory Theatre Presents Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery. Written by Shay Youngblood. Directed by Rashida Forman-Bey

Coppin Repertory Theatre Presents Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery

Written by Shay Youngblood

Directed by Rashida Forman-Bey

Adapted from the Shay Youngblood's book, THE BIG MAMA STORIES, SHAKIN' THE MESS OUTTA MISERY is the inspirational, semi-autobiographical story of a young black girl's coming of age in the 1960s South. "Daughter," the main character and 25-year-old narrator, lost her mother when she was very young and a community of women raised her, some blood related, some not. As she remembers how her 'Big Mamas' prepared her for womanhood, the women enter to tell their stories and "Daughter" becomes a child again, reliving her vivid memories of growing up--recalling the rituals, the faith healings, and the stories she was told and the lessons she learned about survival, healing, sisterhood, family, and faith. Youngblood's play confirms the African proverb—"It takes a village to raise a child."

Performance Schedule

  • Thursday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m.


The Theatre Lab
Grace Jacobs Building (on the lower level)
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21216


To order tickets online, go to https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2new/team.asp?sponsorid=16416

  • General Admission $20.00
  • Senior Citizens $15.00
  • Non-Coppin Students $15.00
  • Coppin Students $10 with CSU ID

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For information, contact Dr. Garey A. Hyatt at ghyatt@coppin.edu or (410) 951-3369.

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