A Song for Coretta: Pearl Cleage's Drama Honors Civil Rights Icon
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The last date listed for A Song for Coretta was Friday July 17, 2009 / 8:30pm.
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This was a fabulous production of Pearl Cleage's well written play. The play celebrated the depth and diversity of black women and their interactions weaving the historical struggles with modern day dilemmas. The dynamics of both the verbal and nonverbal interplay between the women kept one's eyes riveted on stage so much so that the discomfort of the cramped theatre was quickly overcome. Get there early as it is general seating. The theatre is the smaller of the stages and also if you get stuck in the back there is a door that leads to the street. At first I was unsure whether it was street noise being piped in to add ambiance to the concept that the women were waiting outside. Then I realized it was not.
The acting was superb enough to warrant a larger venue. Each character developed in a way that the audience was introduced to various facets of their experience and their perspectives on the need for and adoration of a black heroine such as Coretta Scott King. The play caused a mixture of laughter and tears along with a few "Ahas" and "Hmms". Pride, pain, perseverance, and perspective were a plenty!
The three of us who saw the play have very distinct personalities, experiences and styles yet we all equally loved the performance and felt it was outstanding. I loved it so much that I am going to take other friends to see it so I hope that Goldstar will still have its offer. This is one not to miss especially with the value of the Goldstar discount!
A Midwest Premiere
By Pearl Cleage
Directed by Sarah Moeller
Inspired by the long line of mourners who came by Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to Mrs. Coretta Scott King, A Song for Coretta introduces five fictional African-American women, aged 17 to 57, waiting in the rain to say their final good-byes. Cleage shows the impact that Mrs. King had on the lives of these women, and the connections that they build with one another through her memory and legacy. Eclipse is proud to present the Midwest Premiere of Ms. Cleage’s latest work!
About the Ticket Supplier: Eclipse Theatre CompanyEclipse Theatre Company chooses one playwright per season and focuses on the works of that playwright only. Through this total immersion in a specific playwright's world, the ensemble gains a thorough understanding of that playwright and the circumstances of his/her writing in order to bring a more concentrated and literate representation of that playwright to the audience.
Playwrights who have written more than three plays are eligible for consideration, as well as playwrights who have shown a definite range of growth throughout their careers. On deciding which plays to perform, a great factor is the challenge that the piece presents to the ensemble and its audience.
Since the inception of the one playwright-one season mission in 1997, playwrights that have been featured with Eclipse include French Playwright Jean Cocteau; Legendary American Playwrights Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Neil Simon, New York Playwrights Romulus Linney and John Guare, and Chicago native Keith Reddin.