BUILDING THE WALL by Robert Schenkkan
November 10, 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2017
Directed by Jessica Debolt
BUILDING THE WALL lays out in a harrowing drama the consequences of the current anti-immigration rhetoric. Two years from now, that policy has resulted in the mass round-up of millions of illegal aliens, with their incarceration overflowing into private prisons and camps reminiscent of another century. The former warden for one facility is awaiting sentencing for what happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with a historian who has come seeking the truth, he gradually reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable, and the faceless illegals under his charge became the face of tragedy.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
STEAL AWAY By Ramona King January 26, 27, 28 7:30 p.m. Directed by Xerron M. Mingo
A Folktale, set in Chicago during the Depression, this farce is the story of 5 upstanding church ladies who raise funds to send young Black women to college by holding bake sales and the like. Their latest beneficiary, Tracyada, has more ambitious ideas. She wants them all to rob a bank! Of course, the ladies are reluctant to do anything that drastic; but events have them joining in Tracyada’s scheme.Will they get away with it? Or will the ladies end up caught? Their antics and adventures will have you laughing with joy and smiling through the entire show.
BOY By Anna Ziegler
March 22, 23, 24, 25 7:30 p.m. (March 24, also at 2pm) Directed by Brianna Hill
Inspired by a true story, Anna Ziegler’s BOY explores the tricky terrain of finding love amidst the confusion of sexual identity, and the inextricable bond between a doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.
FIND ME By Olwen Wymark
FIND ME is the true story of a young girl, Verity Taylor, and her family as they struggle with her mental illness in England in the 1970’s. Wymark worked personally with the real life family as she constructed this play in the late 70’s. The play follows the Taylor family’s attempts and failures to find Verity help within and outside of the British health system. Verity’s story is told by five different actresses, and this unique form allows for the examination into the feelings and all the facets of Verity. The play reveals how mental illness can affect any and every one through the personal struggle of one family. Delve into the Taylor family, look at the human side of this perplexing problem that has persisted for decades, and find Verity.