The River Is Me

Music by Troy Anthony
Full-length musical
3 women, 3 men

The River Is Me is a new original music theater ghost story inspired by all the lynched bodies of black boys that have been destroyed and discarded that we as a nation now must drink in time and time again from the very landscape beneath our feet. Bo–a 14 year old comic book loving smart aleck from Chicago–takes a trip in August, 1955 to spend the last week of his summer vacation on an adventure. When he tries to show off for his friends by whistling at a white woman, he is kidnapped, tortured and killed by her husband. Yet rather than disappear, Bo returns to walk the earth as a phantasm with water-based super powers like the hero he dreamed of when he was a living boy in order to keep safe the mother and the planet he leaves behind.