‘Buffalo Women’ Premieres on Juneteenth

Playwright Beaufield Berry’s works often take on the drama, history and joy of the Black Diaspora. Her latest work, “Buffalo Women,” explores these themes and more. See it June 19-26 at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.

A new work by Midwest playwright Beaufield Berry will be performed in a collaboration between Pyramid Theatre Company and the Des Moines Community Playhouse. To honor the Juneteenth holiday from which the play begins, “Buffalo Women: A Black Cowgirl Musical Dramedy” will open on Sunday.

When Bethula is freed from slavery in 1865, she embarks on a quest to locate her daughter, who had been sold by Bethula’s former owner. Bethula is determined to reunite with her, and while searching for her, she meets four other Black women, each based on real historical figures. The women share their journeys, along with advice and love, with one another.

The opening night performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. The show will run through June 26.

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