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Play tells true story of Memphians in marginalized communities

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The true story of 20 Memphis residents is heading to the stage.

In May 2015, Blues City Cultural Center published the book Don’t Count Me Out, a compelling narrative of the struggles and triumphs of 20 elderly people living in public and income-based housing in Memphis. 

The book, now a play, gives the backstory about these people who are marginalized or “counted out” of the mainstream society here in the Bluff City, particularly those individuals that are disabled, economically disadvantaged, or have limited education and access to vital resources. 

When writing this book,  the 20 elderly contributors discovered and used their voices to articulate the hidden narratives that were significant to their lives while at the same time validating their importance in society and the Memphis community.

The production of Don’t Count Me Out will be held May 27-29 at the Southwest TN Community College Theatre on Union Ave. Following the play, there will be a panel discussion with the writers and contributors to help emphasize the importance of including the “counted out ” population. There will be a larger conversation about improving the quality of life here in Memphis.

Showtimes are May 27- 28 at 7:30 p.m. and May 29 at 3 p.m.  The show is free to the public. Organizers warn the program contains strong language and the sound of gunshots.

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