“the road weeps, the well runs dry” Opens October 26 At Los Angeles Theatre Center

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“the road weeps, the well runs dry” OPENS OCTOBER 26 AT LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER

 

WHAT: “the road weeps, the well runs dry.” A World Premiere play.

 

WHO: Written by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney. Casting by Chemin Bernard, C.S.A. Produced by The Latino Theater Company.

 

WHERE: Los Angeles Theatre Center, in the 320-seat Theatre 3, 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013.

 

WHEN: Previews October 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. Opens Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:00 p.m., runs through November 17. Regular show times: Thurs. & Fri. at 8:00, Sat. at 3:00 and 8:00, Sun. at 3:00.

 

ADMISSION: Regular performances- $40. Students, seniors and veterans, $20. Thursdays $10- $15. Previews Thurs. $10- $20. Fri. $20.

 

RESERVATIONS: (866) 811-4111.

 

NLINE TICKETING: www.thelatc.org

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This production is part of what is being termed a Rolling World Premiere—that is, it is being produced not only at Los Angeles Theatre Center, but at three other theatres across the country as well, through the leadership of Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative. The consortium of theatres producing this play consists of the Latino Theater Company, Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, and the University of South Florida. Information on all of the productions can be found on the national blog http://theroadweeps.org

 

“the road weeps, the well runs dry” is a story set in the mid-19th Century town of Wewoka, Indian Territory (later Oklahoma), the first all-Black town in the U.S., established by Black Seminole freedmen who had migrated the Trail of Tears from Florida.

 

Number Two, a Black man, and Trowbridge, a Seminole, shared a deep connection  as youths in Florida. As adults, they’ve grown apart, marrying women and beginning families. Trowbridge becomes sheriff of Wewoka, and bests Number Two in a dispute over a parcel of land, making them enemies. As fate would have it, Number Two’s daughter and Trowbridge’s son fall in love, a love which cannot be denied, leading to murder and bloody vendetta.

 

Complicating matters further, Wewoka seems cursed, enduring a drought that extends into decades. Constant vigilance is necessary, lest Wewoka be raided by the Creeks, who practice slavery. Emerging Christianity is in conflict with the ways of the old indigenous gods. The U.S. government wants to turn over Wewoka to the Seminoles, the freedmen’s former enslavers. Wracked by conflict and thirst, it will take a miracle to save Wewoka. Will that miracle arrive in time?

 

Marcus Gardley is playwright. A professor of Playwriting at Brown University, he is the recipient of an MFA degree from Yale Drama School and has been conferred numerous honors and awards. His previous works include “Every Tongue Confess,” “On The Levee,” “And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” “dance of the holy ghost,” “like sun fallin’ in the mouth,” and “(L)imitations of Life.”

 

Shirley Jo Finney directs. One of the city’s most honored directors, she is the recipient of the Ovation Award, the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, the Backstage Garland Award, the L.A. Weekly Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award. Her many stage credits include “Stick Fly,” “Yellowman,” “In the Red and Brown Water,”  “Winnie,” “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” “Gee’s Bend,” much more. She also directed several episodes of the TV series “Moesha.” She is also an actor. Ms. Finney received an MFA from UCLA. African American and Choctaw, Ms. Finney’s mother was born in Wewoka.

 

The cast for “the road weeps, the well runs dry” includes Darrell Dennis, Elizabeth Frances, Demetrius Grosse, Matthew Hancock, Brent Jennings, Monnae Michaell, Simone Missick, Darryl Alan Reed, Montae Russell, Nakia Secrest and Shaun Taylor-Corbett.

 

A related photo exhibit about the Seminole People  will be on display in the LATC Gallery prior to and following  all performances. It is presented by local community partners the California African American Museum (CAAM) and Native Voices at the Autry and will be curated by CAAM curator Tiffini Bowers.

 

There will be a series of events connected with the run of the show. The schedule follows:

Thursday, October 24. Preview performance and opening of the Seminole Photo Exhibit.
Friday, October 25. Post-show meet and greet with Marcus Gardley.
Saturday, October 26- Opening Night and VIP reception.
Sunday, October 27- 1:00 p.m. pre-show conversation with Marcus Gardley and Shirley Jo Finney, moderated by Elise Woodson of California African American Museum, in the LATC Gallery.
Saturday, November 2- Post-matinee conversation with Shirley Jo Finney.
Saturday, November 3- Post-matinee panel: “Exploring African American and Native American Spirituality.” Panelists include Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray (USC), Phil “Pompey” Fixico (Seminole descendant), Professor Hanay Geigomah (UCLA).
Friday, November 8- Post-show reception with the cast.
Saturday, November 9- Post-matinee discussion with Valerie Broussard Dismukes, author of “The Red-Black Connection.” Books available for purchase and signing.
Sunday, November 10- Post-matinee panel, “Exploring African American and Native American Musical Traditions.” Panelists TBA.
Friday, November 15- Post-show meet and greet with Marcus Gardley.
Saturday, November 16- Post-matinee conversation with Shirley Jo Finney.
Sunday, November 17- Post-matinee panel, “The Authentic Thanksgiving.” Panelists to include Dr. Mishuana Goeman (UCLA).

 

Led by the Lark Play Development Center, Launching New Plays into the Repertoire is a national initiative to transform the American theater repertoire to reflect shifting demographics and emerging issues of local, national and global concern. This is accomplished by “creating a movement” around a single playwright’s vision by a consortium of theaters that commit to developing and producing what many consider “risky” plays and to engage in local and national conversations about each play’s relevance and emotional impact.
Playwright Marcus Gardley and his play “the road weeps, the well runs dry” are the centerpiece of Cycle II. This initiative is made possible with leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional funding from The Nathan Cummings Foundation.

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One Response to “the road weeps, the well runs dry” Opens October 26 At Los Angeles Theatre Center

  1. Phil Fixico · Los Angeles Southwest Community College
    Greetings, I am Phil Fixico, a Seminole Maroon Descendant. My ancestors were among the people that this play is talking about, both Maroon Blacks and Seminole Indians. My and their story is currently featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s , book and exhibit, entitled: “indiVisible”:African-Native American Lives in the Americas. Dr. Kevin Mulroy, the Dean of Library Sciences at Chaffey College, is the World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons. He was the Smithsonian Institution’s researcher who documented my geneaology , for the book and the exhibit, he is also, the author of the definitive book on this topic. It is entitled: “The Seminole Freedmen”, Published by , University of Oklahoma Press, copywright 2007. I have not seen the play, as of yet, however, I’m overjoyed that, at last the story , that was” hidden and forbidden” is coming out. I have been asked to appear on a panel at the Los Angeles Theater Center, following a matinee performance in Los Angeles on November 3rd, 2013. I am honored and thrilled to join a panel that includes, Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, USC and Professor Hanay Geiogamah , UCLA. The topic for discussion is , “Exploring African-Native American and Native American Spiritualty”. ” Through Warm Tears of Gratitude”, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, California Semiroon Mico (Nation of One) and Heniha forthe Wildcat/John Horse Band of the Seminoles of Texas and Old Mexico.
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