Jailed in a Texas prison, Alberta "Pearl" Johnson has little hope for release and even less for reconnecting with her missing daughter. That is until Susannah Mullally, a song collector on a mission to record pieces of African American culture, overhears Pearl singing while on a visit to the prison. Through her music, Pearl has the unexpected opportunity to earn her freedom and search for her daughter. This work harnesses race relations and the rich oral history of the African American community to build a tale that is funny, touching, and compelling. Black Pearl Sings! by Frank HIggins will run April 20 through May 15 at The Black Rep at the Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis.