Seattle Children's Theatre listens to what its audience is asking for, and the most requested work by older children for the cureent season was Pink and Say, Patricia Polacco's picture book.
Artistic director Linda Hartzell commissioned award-winning African-Amercan playwright OyamO (Charles F. Gordon) to adapt the work, and Hartzell's production opens tonight.
Pink and Say is based on the true story about two 14-year olds victimized by the war. Pink, an African-American youth, on the run from Confederate soldiers, rescues say, an Ohio farm boy, wounded and dying. Despite the risks, Pink takes Say to his home on a deserted plantation so his mother can Nurse Say back to health. This leads to an encounter with Confederate soldiers, an atempted escape to the North, and tragedy.
Featured cast members are Edward O'Blenis as Pink, Darren Davis as Say and Ellen Benton as Zinga. The play performs to thousands of young audience members during daily school performances, and Hartzell notes "Our school tickets have ben sold out since summer, and we have a waiting list of 10,000 schoolchildren who want to see this."
Pink and Say plays at Charlotte Martin Theatre in Seattle Center Feb. 13- April 5. Public performances are Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 5:30 PM. For tickets ($12-$18) call (206) 441-3322. -- By David-Edward Hughes