Progress Theater

MEMBUH: Confessions of the Only Generation


World Premier


Apr 5 - 6, 9 - 20, 2003


(a staged essay about memory/memories—both imagined and real—of an African American past, present and future)

Written/Directed by Cristal Chanelle Truscott
Original Music by Maiesha McQueen

When Lady, the oldest in a family of 20-somethings, becomes terminally ill, she gives her quirky relatives the task of recording their tumultuos family story in a time capsule for future generations. Combining musical theatre, dance, storytelling & spoken word, ‘MEMBUH (as in “Remember”) is a high-energy piece following this young family through the highs and lows of self-discovery as they search for the true meaning of freedom.

As the family’s colorful, unpredictable journeys weave past legacies,—like a family legend that re-writes the founding of the Juneteenth*holiday—they also struggle with which legacies from their present day lives to pass on or leave untold. ‘MEMBUH brings issues of love, prejudice, family, history and memory to the stage, celebrating the often overlooked insights of today’s young adult generation.

*Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. To learn more, visit:

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