The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit
is a described by playwright Stacey Rose
as a “sprawling piece of theater.” The piece is Rose’s thesis play from her time at New York University. It examines the legacy of white supremacist patriarchy and violence against black bodies through the eyes of ghosts lost in a dilapidated railroad waiting room set in no particular time period, and trying to find their way out.
will be debuted in Brooklyn, New York, in the fall, but readings of the play are happening in Charlotte from July 8 – 14 in the West End at Arbor Glen Recreation Center, 1520 Clanton Road. Community members are invited to sit in on readings July 9-12 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Friday, July 13 reading will be from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., and the Saturday, July 14 event will be a community discussion of the play that will run from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
During these readings, Rose will tweak her play-in-progress using feedback from local community members, artistic peers and experts. On Saturday the discussion will focus on a dialogue about violence against black bodies.
“My hope is to have it in the West Charlotte community, and bring in people who often do not interact with that community,” Rose says. “I think people have to be in the same space. They can’t view each other through newspapers. They have to be in the same space experiencing something together.” With the help of this diverse group of Charlotte artists and community members, Rose will learn how the piece works on stage before she debuts it in New York.
Rose was very deliberate in applying for the Arts and Science Council grant to workshop her play in Charlotte. “I want something like this to happen in Charlotte because I rarely see it happen here,” she says.
Stacey Rose (Photo by Jonathan Cooper)
Now it is happening and the play will transform with the help of the community that comes out during the reading session. “I have not been in a room with this play for a long time,” Rose says. “So Charlotte will get to be in a room with me while I am in a room with this play.” She pauses. “No matter where I go,” she says, “my artistic heart always beats strongest in Q.C.”
Be sure to RSVP for your chance to experience and provide feedback about to The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit. Follow the link for more information about the play and workshop RSVP details >> StaceyTheRose.com/the-danger/
This content is a joint story written for Creative Loafing
and the Historic West End