Tears of the Soul, written and directed by Angela Wilson aims to inspire conversations as it brings to light several issues facing African Americans today. Set in America in 1968, the play follows the lives of the sanitation worker, Fred Barnes, his wife, Vivian, and their family as they attempt to balance ideologies and social change. A brilliant and local cast will showcase the emotional turmoil of a family juxtaposed against a country under duress. This is an America torn apart by the fallout of the Vietnam War where soldiers, many of them black Americans, returned home wounded or broken and no longer able to submit to the prejudices of the past. It is an America struggling to accept the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a symbol of hope and fairness; however, violence and racism were still prevalent. And it is an America that foreshadows many of the current issues being discussed today.
“This play reflects our mission to use the arts to excite, educate, engage, inspire and grow this community’s people. Tears of the Soul is inspirational as well as educational. We are excited to have The AngelWing Project’s 3rd production here and we know the community is excited to receive it as well,” says Belinda Fraley Huesman, Executive Director, Chesapeake Arts Center.
Director Angela Wilson is the founder of AngelWing Project (AWP). Tears of the Soul is her 3rd production at the Chesapeake Arts Center. Having spent time talking to civil rights activist and guest speaker, Mr. Cleophus Smith, Wilson has created a piece that accurately reflects the time period it represents. The characters portray the turmoil occurring in the streets as well as the domestic struggles happening at home. From the sanitation worker strikes to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this play takes the audience back to the year 1968 to expose them to a truly divided country and remind them how the people of that era struggled to make lasting change.
The AngelWing Project believes the play “exposes the audience to the history of African American struggles while also providing them with substance needed to continue the conversation and to keep reaching forward for total equality for all underrepresented people.”
The play will be performed at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park, MD on the 28th and 29th of April 2018 with 3 shows: the 28th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and April 29 at 4:00 p.m. Following the play will be a discussion by sanitation worker and civil rights activist, Mr. Cleophus Smith, who will talk about his experiences in Memphis in the 60s as well as answer questions from the audience. Tickets cost $25 and the run time is approximately 105 minutes.
For more information on the event, visit the website at www.theangelwingproject.org/tickets.html
AWP is a grass roots theatre production company aimed at inspiring the local community with original productions and published plays. They tell stories of real people and real events outside the worn-down narratives found in history books by presenting a documentary style theatre aimed at creating productions illustrating the dynamic aspects of a vast American culture. These plays take the audience on a journey that lasts long after the curtains close. Their hope is to positively impact their audience by exciting them, leaving them in awe, and helping motivate them to take action after the applause comes to an end.
Company Name: Blue Artists
Contact Person: Media Relations
Email: Send Email
City: GLEN BURNIE
Country: United States