Working on Christie Perfetti Williams' beautiful play was an incredible experience. As an actor, I had the privilege of working with eight of the loveliest, most professional, imaginative, and collaborative actors one could imagine. There was so much love on that set and in the dressing room, and the chemistry between all of us onstage was palpable and wonderful. As a human, I had the privilege of delving into a part of America's history that due to present-day comforts I often forget. The Freedom Riders. The thousands of young men and women who sacrificed everything they had, blood, courage, hard won college educations, liberty, and familial/social approval to fight for racial equality. Those who, hand-in-hand, looked into the barrel of a cannon and said "We will not rest until all men and woman are free and equal." Those who trembled, wept, and prepared for death as they marched forward despite their fears. I was honored to translate my forerunners' echoes this fine Spring.
On a side note, I was reminded today that our fearless and lovely director, DeLisa White, has cast me in two of my favorite theatrical experiences ever. This one, and Tough Love at the Estrogenus Festival. This woman has been such a blessing to me. Shouting out!
by Christie Perfetti Williams
directed by DeLisa White
James Michael Armstrong*, Heather Cunningham*, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, John Graham, Laura Killeen*, Daryl Lathon*, Elise Rovinsky*, Ben Schnickel, Ric Sechrest*
*Member, Actors' Equity Association
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 6 P.M.
The Workshop Theater, Main Stage
312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor,
(between 8 & 9 Ave)
FREE and open to the public.