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The Artistic Home will open its 2017-18 season with a WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE, by playwright and author Alice Childress.
Directed by Cecilie Keenan, the production features Raina Lynn (Julia) and ensemble members Scott Westerman (Herman), Reid Coker (Bell Man) and Laura Coleman (Annabelle) along with visiting artists Susan P. Anderson (Fanny), Maya Hooks (Teeta), Lisa McConnell (Lula), Donna McGough (Herman’s mother), Madison Murphy (Princess), Myesha-Tiara (Mattie), and Kevin Patterson. (Nelson). The design team includes Kevin Rolfs (scenic design), Zach Wagner (costume design), E.J. Jackson (lighting design), Joseph Cerqua (sound design/original music). Madeleine Lyons will be
The design team includes Kevin Rolfs (scenic design), Zach Wagner (costume design), E.J. Jackson (lighting design), Joseph Cerqua (sound design/original music). Madeleine Lyons will be the stage manager.
Childress’s drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina’s laws prohibiting interracial marriage, makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.
WEDDING BAND runs October 25th – December 17th. For more information visit theartistichome.org.