The serendipitous collaborative efforts of local promoter-producers Williams Jenkins and Jaz Dorsey and Metro Parks’ Carolyn German have resulted in the presentation of this staged reading of a play written by Mark Clayton Southers, founder of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, artistic director at the August Wilson Center, and a member of the African-American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX). According to Dorsey, the play is “a series of ‘what if’ scenarios set in America in a future where … global warming drives white folk underground and black folk ‘inherit the earth,’ as it were.”
African-American science fiction meets political vaudeville in this second entry in the Metro Theatre Department’s New Play Reading Series, under the direction of TSU’s Mark Payne, with assistance from Helen Shute-Pettaway. There are 19 actors scheduled to participate, including Don Daniels, Jeffrey Lee Robinson, David Chattam, Ken Bernstein, Shawn Whitsell, Elliott Robinson, Chandra Walton, Jessica Townsend and Christan Riley. The playwright will reportedly be in attendance.