Head Above Water | The Life of Esther Rolle.

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The Drive-In is Back! Head Above Water: The Life of Esther Rolle by Darius V. Daughtry, directed by Bianca LaVerne Jones.
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BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Back by popular demand, join the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) on March 25-27, 2022, for the expanded original play, “Head Above Water: The Life of Esther Rolle” based on the life of award-winning actress and Broward County native, Esther Rolle. Held in celebration of Women’s History Month and part of our 20th Anniversary activities of Black Excellence, this special drive-in outdoor performance will be held at AARLCC, located at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

The Esther Rolle Collection is housed at AARLCC with artifacts documenting her best-known performance as matriarch Florida Evans on the 1970s sitcom Good Times. Commissioned by AARLCC, “Head Above Water” is led by the talented creative team of Directors, Bianca LaVerne Jones, recent Associate Director of Broadway’s “Chicken and Biscuits” and Assistant Director, Darius V. Daughtry, writer/director of “The Happening: A Theatrical Mixtape, Volume III”. “Head Above Water” builds upon the 2020 original play to further explore Rolle’s life with additional scenes and casting.

Each night includes a specific theme with special curated experiences:

#LadiesNight with Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Veronica Edwards Phillips – Friday | March 25, 2022 | 7:00 PM | REGISTER

#RolleWithAARLCC – Saturday | March 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM | REGISTER

#BahamaMamaSunday – Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 4:00 PM | REGISTER

This drive-in event is free, but a $25 donation per person is requested. Donations support the Friends of African American Research Library and Cultural Center, and can be made in advance via Eventbrite. Share that you are coming to “Head Above Water: The Life of Esther Rolle” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hashtag #AARLCCFOREVER.

This event is first-come, first-park, so arrive early to get the best parking spot view of the stage! Local food trucks will be on-premise providing refreshments for sale.

“Head Above Water” and 20th Anniversary festivities was made possible through the support of JM Family Enterprises, the City of Lauderdale Lakes on behalf of Commissioner Veronica Edwards Phillips, and Broward County Cultural Division. Additional support for 20th Anniversary programs throughout 2022 includes sponsorship from Bank of America, the Friends of AARLCC, Cigna, and the Broward Public Library Foundation. To become a sponsor or volunteer, contact AARLCC Regional Manager Makiba J. Foster at mjfoster@broward.org

To learn more about becoming a Friend of AARLCC please visit https://friendsofaarlcc.org.

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