Thrilled to be making my National Black Theatre debut in a reading of Tracey Conyer Lee's new play Freedom for Superman. SIDE NOTE: About nine years ago I saw a production of Tracey Scott Wilson's play The Good Negro at The Public Theater starring Anthony Mackie along with other incredible actors. One of the actors took my breath away and after the play I came up to him afterwards and told him so. That actor was J. Bernard Calloway and after a few minutes of us both saying "I know you from somewhere," with furrowed brows, I realized that we were familiar to one another because I'd fan-girled him way back when. He was a dream to work with, as was Tracey and Keven. This was such a lovely experience. Enriching on every level.
FREEDOM FOR SUPERMAN
Written by Tracey Conyer Lee
Directed by Kevin R. Free
J. BERNARD CALLOWAY (Wilson),
TRACEY CONYER LEE (Ruby),
SHAUN BENNET FAUNTLEROY (Claire)
Wilson sees nothing wrong with his life, his marriage to Ruby, or his job as a police officer in the midst of the BlackLivesMatter movement, and smiles through pain Ruby wishes he would share.When family friend, Claire, loses her husband to the quick trigger of a white cop, Wilson is forced to explore his manhood, guns, secrets not well kept, and what it means to live your truth in an America built on lies.
Keep Soul Alive Mondays is a reading series that showcases the works of twenty-three (23) Black Playwrights. The readings take place on the second and last Monday of every month and starts at 7:30 pm at the National Black Theatre.