“Miss Evers’ Boys,” a dramatic play highlighting the Tuskegee medical study performed on African American men from 1932-1972, will premiere on the New Bern Civic Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and run for two weekends in celebration of Black History Month.
Set in Tuskegee, Alabama, “Miss Evers’ Boys” follows the story of four African American men who unknowingly become part of a medical study that is denying them treatment for syphilis, also known as “bad blood.” Nurse Evers helps lead the men through the treatment program, which is being driven by the Federal government and managed by an African American doctor living in Alabama and a white doctor from Washington, D.C. As the study continues, patients all over the country are cured with the discovery of penicillin, while the men in the Tuskegee Study turn to Nurse Evers for help in understanding why their health continues to decline.
The play stars a cast of several faces that are familiar to New Bern Civic Theatre audiences. The titular role of Miss Evers will be played by Chameshia Coplon, who most recently performed in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Sweeney Todd.” The cast also includes D’Nadre Bell (“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”), Keith Davis (“Gem of the Ocean”), Duan Higgins (“Alice in Wonderland”), Alan Hopson (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”), Craig Ramey (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) and Herb Robertson (“Much Ado About Nothing”).
“Miss Evers’ Boys” is produced by Meredith McKee and directed by Neil Oliver, star of 2018’s “Sweeney Todd” and director of “My Fair Lady.” It is sponsored by CRNAs of CarolinaEast Medical Center.
This play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-16 and 22-23, as well as 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 17 and 24. Tickets prices range from $17-18 in advance, $19-20 at the door and $10-12 for students and active duty military. New Bern Civic Theatre is required by the State of North Carolina to charge an additional sales tax of 6.75% on all ticket sales.