In an effort to get medical help for Alabama tenant farmers, their nurse, Miss Evers, convinces them to join a government study to treat venereal disease.
Play title: Miss Evers’ Boys
Author (s): David Feldshuh
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Publication Date: January 1998
Genre: Drama (http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=793)
Primary Discipline: Medicine
Scientist (s): N/A
Source Texts: Bad Blood by James H. Jones (The Free Press, 1981)
Character Breakdown: 6M, 1W
EUNICE EVERS, 28, a public-health nurse
- EUGENE BRODUS, 40, Administrative Head, Memorial Hospital, Tuskegee, Alabama
- JOHN DOUGLAS, 34, field physician, United States Public Health Service
WILLIE JOHNSON, 19, a tenant farmer
CALEB HUMPHRIES, 25, a tenant farmer
HODMAN BRYAN, 37, a tenant farmer
BEN WASHINGTON, 57, a tenant farmer
Setting: Tuskegee, Alabama
Time Period: 1932, 1946, 1972
Synopsis of Play: In an effort to get medical help for Alabama tenant farmers, their nurse, Miss Evers, convinces them to join a government study to treat venereal disease. When the money runs out, Nurse Evers is faced with a difficult decision: to tell the men that they are no longer being treated and that they are now part of a research study to see what untreated syphilis will do to them, or follow the lead of the doctor she respects and the tenets of the nursing profession. Nurse Evers follows the advice of her advisors, and with the understanding that the study can help thousands more, she does not tell the men they are no longer receiving medication. She does this with the assurance that as soon as medication becomes available, her men will be the first to receive it. But after fourteen years of caring for her patients as if they were family, when medication is finally available, it is denied to her study group. Nurse Evers, devastated at the news and starting to watch her men die, can no longer keep silent. Shunned for her silence of fourteen years, Nurse Evers holds her head up and explains the reasons and emotions that kept her in the study and kept her caring for her men. Some of them forgive her, others do not, as Nurse Evers tries to put back a world broken by prejudice, disease, time and trust. (http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/13820/miss-evers-boys)
First Performance Date: November 17th, 1989
First Producer: Center Stage in Baltimore, Maryland
Miss Evers’ Boys was produced by Center Stage (Stan Wojewodski, Jr., Artistic Director; Peter W. Culman, Managing Director), in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 17, 1989. It was directed by irene Lewis; the set design was by Douglas Stein; the costume design was by Catherine Zuber; the lighting design was by Pat Collins; the sound design was by Janet Kalas; the music design by Dwight Andrews; the choreography was by dianne McIntyre and the stage managers were Julie Thompson and Jill Rendall
Miss Evers’ Boys was produced by Mark Taper Forum (Gordon Davidson, Artistic Director; Stephen Alpert, Managing Director), in Los Angeles, California on July 8, 1990. It was directed by Irene Lewis; the set design was by Douglas Stein; the costume design was by Catherine Zuber; the lighting design was by Pat Collins; the original music was by Olu Dara; the sound design by Jon Gottlieb; the choreography was by Dianne McIntyre; the production stage manager was James T. McDermott and the stage manager was Jill Ragaway.
Miss Evers’ Boys was produced by The Alliance Theater Company (Kenneth Leon, Artistic Director; Edith H. Love, Managing Director), in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 18, 1990. It was directed by Kenny Leon; the set design was by Michael Olich; the costume design was by Susan E. Mickey; the lighting design was by Robert Peterson; the original music was composed by Dwight Andrews; the dance consultant was Barbara Sullivan and the production stage manager was Pat A. Flora.
Miss Evers’ Boys was produced by The Illusion Theater (Michael Robbins, Executive Producing Director; Bonnie Marks, Managing Director), in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 3, 1991. It was directed by D. Scott Glassera and Michael Robbins; the set design was by Dean Holzman; the costume design was by Katherine Maurer; the lighting design was by Barry Browning; the composer and sound designer was Michael Keck; the choreography was by Marvette Knight and the production stage managers were Robin Macgregor and Chris A. Coe.
Entered by: Ashley McHenry and Alex James
Ashley McHenry is a sophomore at Christopher Newport University majoring in Psychology and Theater with a concentration in acting.
Alex James is a senior at Christopher Newport University majoring in Theater with a concentration in Musical Theater/Dance.