Selma Burke

By Maria Crooks and Caroline Russell-King
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Presented in Partnership with Theatre Calgary

April 2 – April 27, 2024


Martha Cohen Theatre

The true story of the woman behind the American dime

Few know of Selma Burke, the Black American sculptor who played a major role in the Harlem Renaissance movement of the 1920s and 30s. Among her works is a bas-relief plaque of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which is now widely accepted to be the basis for the design on the American dime, and something for which she never received credit within her lifetime. A stirring play about the importance of art, courage, romance, and justice, Burke’s rarely-told story is brought to life in this world premiere by Calgary playwrights Maria Crooks and Caroline Russell-King.

Running time: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)

Audience Advisory: Recommended for ages 14+ (adult language, mature content, partial nudity and sexual themes)

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If you have any questions, please contact Theatre Calgary’s Audience Services team at 403-294-7447.

Please note: Friday and Saturday Evening performances of Selma Burke start at 8:00PM.