September 21 — September 24
No Dream Deferred, in partnership with Southern Rep Theatre in residence at Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, presents
STRING and MOJO: A BLACK LOVE STORY
Two plays by Alice Childress
Directed by Lauren E. Turner
Featuring Samantha Beaulieu, Derrick Deal, Lakesha Glover, Richon May, Rodney Graham, Donald Lewis, Rachel Ridgeway and Kyler Jett.
Loyola University, Lower Depths Theatre
September 21, 22, & 23 at 8 PM
September 24 at 3 PM
MOJO: A BLACK LOVE STORY centers on the relationship of Teddy and Irene, a once-married couple who share a unique bond. When Irene shows up unexpectedly after a long absence with surprising news, they both must address the “unfinished” business and make a decision about what really matters in this life.
STRING, an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s “A Piece of String,” focuses on memory and class as peculiar and often unreliable sources to establish innocence or guilt. STRING centers on a neighborhood block association’s picnic, where one of the residents is accused of stealing a man’s money. STRING was first produced Off-Broadway by the Negro Ensemble Company.
Alice Childress, was a noted playwright, novelist, actor, and screenwriter. In 1941, she joined Harlem’s American Negro Theatre, where she worked as an actress, stage director, personnel director, and costume designer for 11 years. A respected performer, Childress appeared in a variety of New York productions, including NATURAL MAN (1941), RAIN(1948), and THE EMPEROR’S CLOTHES (1953). ANNA LUCASTA (1944) transferred to Broadway and earned Childress a Tony Award nomination.
In 1949, she wrote her first play, FLORENCE. This early play reflects many themes that would characterize Childress’s later writings, including black female empowerment, interracial politics, working-class life, and attacks on black stereotypes. With the Off-Broadway union performances of JUST A LITTLE SIMPLE (1950) and GOLD THROUGH THE TREES (1952), Childress became the first professionally produced black female playwright. At the end of the 1955-1956 Off-Broadway season, TROUBLE IN MIND won an Obie Award for Best Original Play, making Childress the first black woman to be awarded the honor. By the end of her career, she had written over a dozen plays.
Occasionally, her writings on black culture and interracial relations caused controversy. Some networks refused to televise a 1969 production of WINE IN THE WILDERNESS and the Public Theatre’s 1973 production of WEDDING BAND: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White.
Before her death in 1994, Childress received various awards and grants, including a Rockefeller grant, a graduate medal from the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study, the Radcliffe Alumnae Graduate Society Medal for Distinguished Achievement, and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
No Dream Deferred is a New Orleans based theatre production company that prioritizes cultural relevancy for our community audience as well as theatrical works written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized.
We recognize the systemic nature of cultural marginalization in the arts and therefore, we fight to create and to create as often as we please so that our stories are told and our dreams are never deferred.
No Dream Deferred strives to be an artistic home to theatre-makers of color in New Orleans, a place where our stories are authentically realized and wonderfully experienced.
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