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Meet the Page of Cups

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Anna Madah Hyers, with her sister and her family, was a singer and pioneer of black musical theatre. With Joseph Bradford and Pauline Hopkins, the Hyers Sisters produced the "first full-fledged musical plays... in which African Americans themselves comment on the plight of the slaves and the relief of Emancipation without the disguises of minstrel comedy." Their first play was Out of Bondage (also known as Out of the Wilderness),” which debuted on stage in 1867 in Sacramento at the Metropolitan Theatre.

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