The drama based on the historic Tuskegee Study, a 40-year program which studied the often-fatal progress of untreated syphilis in a group of African American sharecroppers, will be directed by True Colors artistic director Kenny Leon. The gripping drama will run March 1-21 at the Southwest Arts Center. Miss Evers Boys will officially open March 4. Jasmine Guy (Chicago, Beehive and "A Different World") will portray nurse Eunice Evers, who chronicles her experience as she attempts to assist four men participating in the study. The cast will also feature Eugene Lee (Broadway's Gem of the Ocean) and Atlanta stage veteran E. Roger Mitchell (Alliance Radio Golf).
From 1932-1972, the U.S. Public Health Service enlisted a group of African American farmers in Alabama to take part in a clinical study. Patients were never informed that they had syphilis, only told they had "bad blood." Even following the advent of penicillin to treat the disease, doctors withheld the drug from patients in order to observe the ravages of the disease over 40 years. It wasn't until the story was leaked to the press in the early 1970's that the moral implications of the study were made public and the government terminated the Tuskegee Study following public outcry.
Miss Evers Boys received its New York premiere with Tony winner Adriane Lenox in the title role and was later made into an Emmy-winning 1997 television movie.
For tickets phone (404) 588-0308 or visit TrueColorsTheatreCompany.
The Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Road in Atlanta, GA.