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'Warriors Don't Cry' to Share Inspiring Message

By University Relations Staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Warriors Don't Cry, performed by TheaterworksUSA, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023, in John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center on the University of Dubuque campus. The performance is part of the 10th annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.

WHAT: Warriors Don't Cry, performed by TheaterworksUSA
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque

- Public: $27
- UD Affiliates (UD Faculty and Staff, UD Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military/Veterans, Groups of 10 or More): $22
- UD Students: First ticket free; additional tickets $22. Free UD student admission made possible by the UD Wendt Center for Character Education.
- Children: $15
Ticket prices increase by $5 at midnight the day of the event.
Please note: Seating is general admission.

Reluctant to cope with one more tragedy in school, young activist Ya Girl is ready to call it quits on leading her million-plus Instagram followers in the fight for social justice. When Melba Pattillo Beals steps out of history and into Ya Girl's phone to share the story of her battle to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, Ya Girl learns to see herself in Melba - and in all the young warriors who came before her to raise their hands and make a difference.

Inspired by Melba Pattillo Beals' Little Rock Nine memoir, Warriors Don't Cry, this production is a catalyst for deeper discussion about social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, and community engagement.

Warriors Don't Cry is co-conceived by award-winning playwright Donnetta Lavinia Grays and director Tamilla Woodard, featuring original music by Toshi Reagon, spoken word, and video projection. It is a collaboration between The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and TheaterWorksUSA.

Tickets for Warriors Don't Cry can be purchased from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 90 minutes prior to events at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by calling 563.585.SHOW; or by visiting

New this season, H-PALS allows people to earn a point for every dollar spent. When patrons reach 200 points, they receive one free ticket (valued up to $50) for an eligible event of their choice.

Conlon Construction is the presenting sponsor of the 2022-2023 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.