On the day of a much anticipated speech by Rosa Parks during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, four activists working in a Virginia civil rights office wonder whether the proclamation of equality amongst mankind includes women. With remarkable insight and unexpected humor, Cadillac Crew reclaims the stories of the forgotten leaders who blazed the trail for desegregation and women’s rights and asks: when will the world be ready to embrace women in all their capacity?
April 26–May 18, 2019
That’s one of Ms. Sampson’s gifts: She is uncowed by supposed rules of construction, unafraid of genre-switching to make a point. In her professional playwriting debut, a delightful work whose title I’ll abbreviate as “If Pretty Hurts,” she made a hairpin turn near the end that deepened everything that came before it.
- Jesse Green, The New York Times
“Cadillac Crew” succeeds in its aim to discover and amplify those lost and often buried voices of patriotic people who sacrificed all in their advocacy for equality. Sampson writes these woman realistically with very human qualities. Sampson’s strength in writing strong, brisk dialogue pricks the ear to listen and enjoy.
- E. Kyle Minor, New Haven Register
The fast-rising young playwright Tori Sampson is an American original. She controls time and space. She makes her points not just through words and gestures but through a special energy she creates through thoughtful, creative, risk-taking expressions of unrest and agitation. It’s an energy that many other playwrights can’t even perceive, let alone harness.
- Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant
• Great Plains Theater Conference
• Playwright's foundation
• Yale School of Drama