BLACK HISTORY MONTH
THEATER FRIDAYS

THE BIG FUNK COMPANY
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19:00
| 28 Feb

In celebration of Black History Month, The Big Funk Company presents a dramatic reading of excerpts from August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Fences and Suzan-Lori Parks’s Topdog/Underdog. Come and join us as we celebrate and showcase two of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century.

PROGRAM
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is the story of Harold Loomis who returns to Pittsburgh in search of his wife. He is haunted by the memory of bounty hunter Joe Turner, the man who had illegally enslaved him. Loomis is unable to fully embrace or release the past. His search brings him to Seth and Bertha’s boarding house with his young daughter, Zonia, where “conjure man” Bynum shows him that he really is searching for himself.

In Fences, Troy Maxson has gone through life in a country where to be proud and black was to face pressure that could crush a man, body and soul. But the 1950’s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960’s. It’s a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less.

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, Topdog/Underdog tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names, given to them as a joke, foretell a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by their past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

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