February 24, 2014
Pay What You Will at the Door
Katee Tully and Helen Levine
The Studio@620 WMNF Radio Theatre Project and USF have joined forces to bring a special presentation of "The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry" by Marcus Gardley, directed by Fanni Green on Monday February 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Admission is on a "Pay What You Will" basis, no one will be refused admission for inability to pay. As with all RTP Live! productions, the show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.
Continuing the celebration of Black History Month, RTP Live! presents a second performance in February with this reading, in advance of the fully staged production of the play to be held at the University of South Florida in Tampa in April.
Surviving centuries of slavery, revolts and ‘the Trail of Tears’, a community of self-proclaimed Freedmen incorporate the first all-black town in Wewoka, Oklahoma. In a story based in Seminole mythology, we witness the emotional struggle of Christian African-Americans and native Seminoles, intermarrying but struggling to prevent their cultures from blending together. The story also follows the lifelong passion, love and hate, between two men on either side of that shifting divide.
This journey is part of Launching New Plays into the Repertoire, an initiative led by the Lark Play Development Center in New York supporting the advancement of vital stories to the stage nationally and globally with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. This radio theatre performance is part of the community events USF has been presenting for the last two years, to lay the groundwork for the Southeast stage premiere.
The full stage play will be presented at Theatre 2 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, April 3 ~ April 13, with a four-stage Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 12.
More information about the full stage production is available at http://theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu/content/templates/?z=0&a=2513