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1968. It was a turbulent time in American and especially in Memphis, TN. Memphis is known as the mid south and sits on the east bank of the Mississippi. In Tears of the Soul we will meet a family living through the unrest of the time. The nation was at the height of the highly protested Vietnam war which was returning black soldiers to their hometowns maimed, in boxes or in many cases not at all. Black empowerment was on the rise with militant groups struggling to use their power to create their own destinies. Even after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a caste system still existed, especially in the south. Racism and violence were rampant in the growing urban ghettos and Martin Luther King, the prominent leader of the Civil Rights movement and non-violent protest met his demise on a Memphis balcony. Tears of the Soul is a portrayal of a family divided. The social climate in 1968 made life difficult outside and inside of the home. Family members with divergent viewpoints make it impossible to communicate. That was until one fateful day when tragedy collided with ideologies and each family member was forced to reevaluate their perspectives. Only by coming together was this family able to identify the true threat and free their souls from misconceptions, hatred and fear. Auditions Saturday, January 20 at Chesapeake Arts Center. Call 443-545-9118 to schedule a time.

Cast List
Vivian Barnes: (late 30s–early 40s). Lead: Steadfast wife of Fred, loyal to a fault.
Ida Mae Bradley: (60 something) - the widowed mother of Vivian who is living with them. Ida Mae is wise because she has seen life at its best and worse.
Fred Barnes – (40 something)-hardworking blue-collar husband of Vivian who feels that being a man is supposed to make him impenetrable.
Dexter Barnes – (high school senior)- coming of age in a troubled world, Dexter is confused about the best way to handle the challenges of being a young black man.
Gina Barnes – (studious high school freshman) - finds it difficult to come to grips with the hatred in the world,struggles to find her identity.
James Barnes – (21 years old) – recently back from Vietnam where he sustained an injury from a mortar attack and has shrapnel in his left leg.
Oscar Davis (40 something) – Blue-collar worker, close friend of
Fred and husband of Maxine who is Vivian’s best friend.
Maxine Davis (late 30s) – Vivian’s oldest and best friend and
wife of Oscar.
Supporting Characters (all have lines)
Sonny: Leader of the Intruders, black militant group of young
Brandon: Member of the Intruders
Lil’ Scout: Young member of the Intruders
Eileen Bridgewater: Caucasian Civil Rights Activist
Pastor Thompson: Pastor of local church

Click on link for audition information

Performances are:
April 28th 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
April 29, 4:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Arts Center, Studio 194
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, MD 21225
Tickets $25.00

Performances made possible by theater in residence partnership with the Chesapeake Arts Center.

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