"This program is inspiring, both to students and to the rest of us. It's a great way to help them see how important and relevant (and vibrant) arts in their community are to the rest of their lives and to their own experiences."
Irene Faass -
Professor at MCTC
March 16 - April 7, 2024
Written by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Richard D. Thompson
Two men – Henry Gallagher, white, and James Meredith, Black – are thrust into each other’s lives in the aftermath of the Ole Miss Riot. Meredith was the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962. Gallagher, a young second lieutenant in the army who was born and raised in South Minneapolis, is placed in charge of Meredith’s on-campus security detail. As they navigate the political and social rollercoaster of desegregation, a tenuous relationship is forged – one that, for Gallagher, leads to eventual revelation. Explore this milestone moment in Civil Rights history through Gallagher and Meredith’s own words and perspectives on their shared experiences.
NOTE: IN-CLASS DISCUSSIONS FOR A UNIQUE ASSIGNMENT WILL TAKE PLACE MARCH 7 - MARCH 19, 2024.
The Color Purple (The Musical)
March 20 - May 5, 2024
Written by Alice Walker
Directed by Daniel J. Bryant
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman, this stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish, and hope, to discover her own unique voice and place in the world. Set in the rural South between 1909 - 1947, the female characters in The Color Purple live in a male dominated society, where a woman’s role resembles that of a slave or a sex object. Most of the black male characters dominate women and do so in a violent and oppressive manner. They are not only physically violent but sexually and emotionally abusive, making the women with whom they live feel fearful, worthless, and inferior with no sense of freedom. But as things progress, the women in The Color Purple start to challenge these traditional male-female roles as a strength of unity.
NOTE: IN-CLASS DISCUSSIONS FOR THE COLOR PURPLE WILL TAKE PLACE APRIL 15 - APRIL 27, 2024.