Plowshares Theatre Company, Michigan's only professional African American theatre, offers the world premiere of Motown playwright Jeffry Chastang's Full Circle, June 1-25.
The family drama concerns a brood torn asunder after a suicide. According to production notes, it explores the agony of a woman who begrudgingly became a wife and mother before she fulfilled her own dreams; a husband who desperately struggles to maintain the marriage and keep the remnants of a family together; and a son who tries to find his place in the world and in his own family. Official opening is June 3.
Plowshares producing artistic director Gary Anderson directs the new work, which is Chastang's first full-length play. The drama won the 1998 Best of Festival Award at Plowshares' New Voices Play Festival. The script also won the Roger L. Stevens Playwriting Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Chastang is a Detroit-area actor as well, having appeared in Plowshares's Michigan premiere of August Wilson's Jitney, plus Pill Hill, The Last Season and Joe Turner's Come and Gone. His other acting credits include King of Kosher Groceries, Still Waters, Kate's Sister and Fences.
He has written two one-acts, Infrared and Red Boy Blues.
The cast of Full Circle includes Council Cargle, Herman McCain, Jennifer Jones, Charlotte Nelson and Michael D. Ellison. Designers are Doug Miller (set), Wendy Barber (costumes) and Ronald Burns (lighting). Tickets are $10-$18. Performances are at the Anderson Center Theatre at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI, an interim space for the Detroit-based company. The partnership between Plowshares Theatre Company and Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village will include the two organizations collaborating on educational programming and audience-development strategies.
For tickets, call (313) 872-0279.
-- By Kenneth Jones