CONVICTION, Black Theatre Troupe, February 6 - 22, 2015
By Ben Tyler
2015 marks the centennial year of the genius that was Billy Strayhorn. His conviction to creating some of the world’s greatest music and to living his truth shaped his life and those around him. In this inventive new play we meet “A Convict” as he performs songs for a select group of his fellow inmates as a reward for their individual accomplishments. In one evening he reminisces and performs songs that have enriched his life – the music of Billy Strayhorn. His compelling story, set to the backdrop of this powerful music, is lifted to monumental heights and then to a stunning conclusion.