WBTT Voices Program to Pay Tribute to Black Golfer

Arts & Culture

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is pleased to present its first WBTT Voices program of the season with “Playing Through: The Story of Ann Gregory,” on November 10. The free program will explore the struggles and triumphs of Ann Gregory, a woman of color who was a pioneer in the elite and competitive world of golf. The program will include a panel discussion and the showing of preview clips from the movie. Local author Curtis Jordan wrote the screenplay about Gregory, who was the first Black golfer to play in a U.S. Golf Association tournament. What Jackie Robinson was to baseball, Ann Gregory was to women’s amateur golf. Jordan has noted that his mother played against Gregory back in the 1950s and he has often wondered why people didn’t know more about her. Much of the filming took place at Sarasota’s Laurel Oak Country Club, with other local venues including Historic Spanish Point, Phillippi Estates, and houses in the Rosemary District. Several members of the WBTT artistic team were involved in the production — some on-screen and others behind the scenes, including actors in the troupe and students and alumni from WBTT’s Stage of Discovery musical theatre intensive program. This event takes place Wednesday, November 10, in WBTT’s Donelly Theatre (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota) from 4-5 p.m. Tickets are free but reservations are required.

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