News: People said her great-great-aunts posed as white and robbed banks. So she wrote a musical about them. – The Washington Post

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If you think there are some stories that simply can’t be set to music, well, try this one on for size: a pair of upstanding black sisters in 1890s Texas pass for white — and become bank robbers.

Now, imagine this is not simply one of those middle-of-the-night epiphanies that flickers on out of nowhere, but is rooted in fact. Or rather, in the legend passed down from one generation to the next in a black American family that revels in the mystery of how much of it — if any — is true.

Which is why it may be just right for the stage.

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