Does humanity deserve another chance? A fable from the great Lorraine Hansberry about a hermit and some children at the end of the world—or the beginning.


What Use Are Flowers?: A Fable
By Lorraine Hansberry

Music by Mikhail Fiksel
Sound by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel
Directed by Daniel Kyri
Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter

Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago


Hermit - Billy Branch
Charlie - Daniel Kyri
Lily - Khloe Janel
William - Tevion Lanier
Narration read by Kiayla Ryann


Recording engineer - Joe Palermo
Additional recording - Scott Tallarida at Trigger


Production manager - Madeleine Borg
Stage manager - JC Widman
Community manager - LaRob Payton


Editing and mixing by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel
Sound design by Mikhail Fiksel
Final mixing and mastering by Joe Palermo

Permission from Joi Gresham and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Graphic design by Carly Pearlman

Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs

Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel

“Greensleeves” - traditional English folk melody

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 4. Finale (Ode to Joy)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 - 3. Adagio molto e cantabile; Andante moderato
Performed by Skidmore College Orchestra, via Musopen


Joi Gresham, Julie McGarvie, and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust; Brian Bannon and the staff of Chicago Public Library; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Robert Hornbostel; Nancy García Loza; Nate Marshall; SAG-AFTRA.


The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant
The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor
Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors
All our donors and supporters