Join us for a series of unique, one-time-only performances for the Theatre in your Mind in the 4th Floor Gallery of the Decatur Library.
For our third event in the series Valetta Anderson will read a section of "Edward Coles, from boy to man."
After his brother manipulates him to work for a slave holding U.S. President, what becomes of Edward Coles’ plan to free his inherited slaves?
To create an intimate theatre experience, seating in the Gallery is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged.
Valetta Anderson: In some cultures Art is not separated from everyday life. Everyone makes an Art of the primary tasks they do. They are mothers, fathers, potters, weavers, griots-historians, drummers, flautists, singers, and storytellers who theatrically enliven the griot’s stories with elements from all of the rest. I am in the latter group, questing to make our HerHisStories as exciting to my great-granddaughter’s and my generations as I was excited by my history book’s pen and ink illustration of Alexander The Great running from his teacher, Aristotle, along the beach. That excitement was swiftly followed by Richard Burton starring as the adult warrior-king. I was 9 or 10 and the impact of those one-two, classroom-movie punches is as fresh today as it was 66 years ago. In 1991 my first professional production, “She’ll Find Her Way Home” was set in the Reconstruction South. Since then I have completed my top priority, raising 2 children. Priority #2 is the slow, steady, determined writing of historical plays and current event plays that have become historical. Funny how quickly that can happen, isn’t it? And for anyone who thinks a 76 years old playwright is too near death to support, Trump and I were born in the same year and he’s not going off-earth anytime soon, either.
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