Robey Theatre Company begins its Twentieth Anniversary year with a special event and a remarkable cast.
The "Front Porch Society" of the title is a quintet of mature African-American women who meet regularly on the porch of Carrie Honey at her home in Marks, Mississippi. It's Election Day, 2008, and the air is alive with excitement as the country is on the brink of electing its first Black President. But on that same day, the town of Marks will be rocked by the revelation of an appalling scandal. Also on that day, the mystery surrounding a long-ago crime will be solved, bringing with it the potential healing of old wounds and grief.
An extraordinary cast has been assembled to present this story, including (in alphabetical order): Bill Lee Brown ("Baggage Claim"), Emmy® Award winner Loretta Devine ("Grey's Anatomy," "The Client List," "Dreamgirls"), Starletta DuPois ("The Notebook"). Marla Gibbs ("The Jeffersons," "227"), Eric Gordon ("Space Jam"), Rosie Lee Hooks ("The Bodyguard"), Ted Lange ("The Love Boat") and Aloma Wright ("Scrubs," "Days of Our Lives").
Director Adleane Hunter has directed distinguished productions of "For Colored Girls . . . ," "The Meeting," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," and much more. At Los Angeles Theatre Center, she produced "Blues for an Alabama Sky" starring Loretta Devine.
Playwright Melda Beaty received her M.A. from Illinois State University. She is the author of a novel, "Lime," and the author/editor of "My Soul to His Spirit: Soulful Expressions from Black Daughters to Their Fathers." Born in Mississippi, she resides in Chicago.
WHAT: "Front Porch Society." Rehearsed reading of a new play.
WHO: Written by Melda Beaty. Directed by Adleane Hunter. Produced by Robey Theatre Company. With a star-studded cast (see below).
WHERE: Los Angeles Theatre Center, Theatre 1, 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.
WHEN: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. No late seating.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $10.
[Robey Theatre Company was founded twenty years ago by Danny Glover and Producing Artistic Director Ben Guillory. Its mission is to develop, explore and produce plays written about the global Black Experience. In doing so, it has become Los Angeles' most highly regarded African-American theatre company. It is named after actor and activist Paul Robeson.]