Yellow Rose: The Legend of Emily West
Book by Sarah Lawrence                
Lyrics by Paul V. Gandolfi, Terry A. Langfitt & Sarah Lawrence

Music by Paul V. Gandolfi & Terry A. Langfitt  

In 1836, Emily West—a young, biracial runaway slave—yearns to find  freedom. Landing in a missionary school in Connecticut, she finds herself caught between two worlds, not accepted by the black or white community. When Captain James Morgan comes to town recruiting settlers for Tejas (Texas), she jumps at the chance. Upon arriving, she is immediately thrown into the war between Mexico and the Tejas settlers. Emily must also choose between Levi Gates, the noble dock foreman, and charismatic President Santa Anna of Mexico; both men want her at all costs. The bold decisions she makes changed the course of history and helped earn Texas its independence. 

Sarah Lawrence

Playwright/Screenwriter

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