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The Ville

Shakespeare in the Streets

Written by Mariah Richardson
Directed by Thomasina Clarke
Sep 9 — Sep 11, 2021
Annie Malone House

 The Ville neighborhood is one of the most historically significant Black communities in America. 

Home to Sumner High School, the first Black high school west of the Mississippi River, the Ville has nurtured cultural icons from Chuck Berry to Tina Turner to Arthur Ashe, Grace Bumbry, Dick Gregory, Robert Guillame, Robert McFerrin, Sr., the Fifth Dimension and more. Sumner alumna Mariah L. Richardson is writing the neighborhood adaptation inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Ville resident Thomasina Clarke will direct.

Presented in partnership with 4theVille, performances will be held September 9-11 at 8:00 p.m. outside the Annie Malone Home.


Story Collection Project

We need your stories for Shakespeare in the Streets: The Ville
Written by Mariah Richardson (Sumner High School Alum)
Directed by Thomasina Clarke (Resident, Co-Founder of “4theVille”)

How To Get Involved:

  1. Share your Ville stories with us by phone, online or by mail
    1. Leave us a voicemail: 314.433.5438
    2. Email us at
    3. Complete the virtual form.
  2. Send us a letter: 5715 Elizabeth Ave, St Louis, MO 63110 ℅ The Ville
  3. Share photos of family and community life in The Ville
    1. Upload here.
    2. Scan and email:
    3. Send to: 5715 Elizabeth Ave, St Louis, MO 63110 ℅ The Ville

Story Prompts

  1. What is your happiest memory of living, working, going to school, etc, in The Ville?
  2. What story would you tell to someone that would best represent what makes The Ville special?
  3. What would be your biggest hope and dream for The Ville?

Please share with other current and previous Ville residents, business owners and Sumner graduates. We hope to collect as many stories as possible.

Questions? Contact:

Annie Malone House

Annie Malone Children and Family Services, Annie Malone Drive, St. Louis, MO, USA