“Dessa Rose” is based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by Sherley Anne Williams with book and lyrics by the Tony award winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Based on both fact and fiction, the musical weaves together the stories of two real women who struggled for different kinds of freedom in an era defined by men. Ruth Sutton is a white woman abandoned by her husband and living on an isolated farm. Dessa Rose is an escaped slave on the run with a newborn infant to protect, who seeks refuge on Ruth’s farm. Hidden in this Alabama backwater, the two women’s uneasy alliance ultimately transcends any racial barriers as they find the strength to confront the world on their own terms.