Down in Mississippi

Down in Mississippi takes place during the Freedom Summer campaign to register African-Americans to vote in the dangerous, segregated world of Mississippi in 1964. It explores the transformational experiences of three young civil rights activists who leave their safe northern homes to go down to Mississippi to try to change the world and discover that before they can change the world they will have to change themselves. A celebration of a movement that gave birth to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965.

Published by Dramatists Play Service

Cast & Crew

first presented at the East Side Freedom Library in East Saint Paul in 2017

Written by Carlyle Brown
Directed by Noël Raymond


Mikell Sapp as Jimmy
Tony Sarnicki
as John
Adelin Phelps
as Ellen
Mari Harris
as singer / Fanny Lou Hamer


Amy Finch – Keyboard/ Arranger
Jeff Milligan-Toffler – Guitarist


Lighting design by Mike Wangen
Sound design by C. Andrew Mayer
Costume design by Clare Brauch
Prop design & instillation art by Kellie Larson
Stage Management by April Harding