Hola #ShiningStarrs! Hope that you are all doing well and feeling good.
I wanted to reach out to give you the amazing news. Back in 2016 I was blessed to be the lead in an amazing and poignant play called You Wouldn't Expect, written by the amazing Marilynn Barner Anselmi. The show ran for several performances at the historic August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, PA. I was the lead in that show and was so impacted by the story and opportunity. In 2017 I was blessed to direct a staged reading of the show at the Smithsonian Anacostia for the Black Theatre Festival in DC. And last fall, I once again starred in the show for another staged reading with the American Bard Theater Company.
I have wanted this show to play in NYC since I was first cast, and it's finally happening!! This September I will once again play Temperance Hedgepeth in my home state in a full production as presented by the American Bard Theater Company. The show will be held at The Main Stage Theatre at the Workshop Theatre in Manhattan (Off-off Broadway). For my actors, auditions will be held in July!
Here's where you come in. The full budget for the show is $30,000, as it's a modest production with a 15 show run and two days of previews. At present we are $9,000 away from the full budget and are running a Kickstarter for those funds. This is an all or nothing campaign, so if we don't make it all, we make nothing! With that, any tax deductible donation that you can give will help us to get this production up and believe me, it's a MUST SEE SHOW!!!! We have had standing ovations every time we've done the show and the characters and story are incredible.
Read below for a synopsis of the play and CLICK HERE to go to our Kickstarter and donate. No amount is too small and it all adds up to us getting on that stage!
Thank you #ShiningStarrs and as always, I appreciate your love, support and encouragement.
You Wouldn’t Expect is a two act play that focuses on the stories of six females, whose lives were impacted by the practices of the North Carolina Eugenics Office, which lead the country in government-mandated sterilizations.
The sterilization of “unfit” people was legally practiced in the United States from the early 1900s until the late 1970s. Who knew? We didn’t. This play, based on a little known, ugly chapter of US history, has sparked our desire to highlight, through theater, the damaging outcomes of racism, genetic elitism, and abuse of power.
Set in North Carolina in the early 1960s, the play's action happens largely at the Eugenics office where we see the cat-and-mouse workings of the two women who work there, the applied pressure of the eugenics practice on four African-American woman, and two scenes “in the field” at the squalid shack of a pedophile father angling to get his daughter “fixed” so that he won’t have to deal with outcome of his actions, the offspring.