Miss Evers' Boys
directed by Melanie Moyer Williams
This powerful drama is a fictional account based on a true government study carried out from 1932 to 1972. In an effort to get medical help for Alabama tenant farmers, their nurse, Miss Evers, convinces them to join a government study to treat venereal disease. When the money runs out, Nurse Evers is faced with a difficult decision: to tell the men that they are no longer being treated and that they are now part of a research study to see what untreated syphilis will do to them, or follow the lead of the doctor she respects and the tenets of the nursing profession. Her patients form a Gillee Band called Miss Evers’ Boys - complete with washboard, banjo, kazoo, and tap dancer. These men have “an aspiration” to perform at the Cotton Club in New York City.
3/19/2009 at 8:00pm