NEC's Monday Night Reading Series March 17 through April 14 2014
The Romulus Linney Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center”
Fathers and Sons, by Michael Bradford, a family drama set in the present, highlights a son’s battle to overcome a cycle fatherly neglect and absenteeism plaguing generations of his family. While he and his wife struggle to cope with their young child’s disappearance, the negative impact of parental dysfunction is beautifully delivered by a drug using father and a wayward, trumpet playing grandfather. Reading: Directed by Layon Gray
Carver (Don’t Underestimate a Nut), by Micki Grant, a one-act musical explores in story and song the life of African American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor, George Washington Carver. Aimed at a youthful audience, Carver uncovers the struggles of poverty, racism, and disenfranchisement from slavery to freedom to success to prominence of an American legend. Carver premiered at Omaha’s Theatre for Young People in1994, Directed by Nora Cole
Legends, by Leslie Lee, a drama that takes place in an old boarding house in the East Village, New York City. It is the summer evening of July 21st, 1969. The eclectic cast of characters; John Adams, a has-been Minister, Betty Mims an ex Nurse, Othel Henry, army veteran who is a little touched in the head, Ruben Shorter, a musician recovering from a brain aneurysm, Martha Robbins, a go-go dancer, and Cliff Woodley, a Bikers are all under siege by the Hell’s Angels. Directed By Charles Weldon.
Last of the Line, by Samm-Art Williams a two-act drama comingling elements of humor. A middle-aged African American man at odds with his perpetual unemployment, familial history, and his older brother and sister returns to the ancestral plantation in rural North Carolina only to be informed that he must continue his family line by producing a son with a woman the siblings have chosen. The older siblings’ pride clashes with the brother’s guilt. The play had its world premiere at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. Directed by Barbara Montgomery.