Freedom Summer

Music by Charlie H. Ray & Sam Columbus; Lyrics and Book by Charlie H. Ray

When you speak with heart, people listen.

In the summer of 1964, civil rights workers from New York City join forces with grassroots activists in Meridian, Mississippi. Freedom Summer follows their crusade for equality as they navigate racism, corruption, and violence in the Jim Crow south. As the quest for progress begins to take its toll on the group, they’re forced to reckon with what it means to be an activist and the price one pays to rewrite history.

Charlie H. Ray

Charlie H. Ray (Writer (Book, Music, Lyrics))

Charlie H. Ray is so honored to be making his NYMF debut with this show, after developing it through Baldwin Wallace University. As a music director and performer, he has worked across the country with theatres like Casa Mañana, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, among others. / @charliehray

Sam Columbus

Sam Columbus (Add'l. Music, Arrangements, Orchestration, Music Direction)

Sam Columbus is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut with this show! Favorite credits include Tick, Tick... Boom! at Playhouse Square, and Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret and Dear Edwina with the Clinton Area Showboat. He gives thanks to BWMT, especially Beth Burrier.

Dana A. Iannuzzi

Dana A. Iannuzzi (Director)

DANA IANNUZZI (Director) is a New York-based Actor/Director who excited to be back at the part of Freedom Summer. Directing Credits Include: Aida (Associate Dir.), Beehive: The 60s Musical (Timberlake Playhouse), Legacy (NYMF) - 2018 Best of Fest for Readings, In the Heights (Associate Dir.), Grease (Associate Dir.), and Jekyll & Hyde (Associate Dir.) and The Vagina Monologues (The Players Theatre).