The racist tenor of some current language and events suggests there are people out there testing, promoting and plumbing the depth and breadth of the waters of racism. Postcards by William Costanza is a grim, timely and historic reminder of the devastating debasement in racist human intercourse.
Alvin Moseby is a photographer. He lived in the south during the 1930s, in Shiloh, Tennessee to be exact. When times are tough we often do things for money we wish we hadn’t. He was paid by Deputy Sheriff Reggie Kilmore to take photographs of racist deeds which were in turn made into postcards.
Casaundra Freeman; Dax Anderson
Later Alvin leaves his wife, flees Shiloh and moves to New York city. There he finds his artistic calling taking pictures of legendary jazz musicians in sessions. He finds Hattie McLendon who becomes the love of his life. But, the infamous box of postcards follows his every step and haunts his every move. The photographs relentlessly attack his soul.
Barbara Busby, company officer and cofounder of the Rep, is director of Postcards. Barbara’s artistic work as an actor and director have been recognized and acclaimed throughout her long professional career. Just last season she was highly praised for her direction of the Rep production, Taking Care of Mimi.
Barbara has assembled a cast of three newcomers and two experienced Rep performers. Kelly Komlen returns this season as Loretta Moseby in Postcards. Last season she was a featured player in the delightful comedy, Engagement Rules. Casaundra Freeman returns this season as Hattie McLendon in Postcards. She was last seen at the Rep in the highly touted production, A Song For Coretta. Newcomers to the Rep stage in Postcards include: Dax Anderson as Alvin Moseby; Jacquie Floyd as Rachel; and Michael Force as Reggie.
L to R: Jacquie Floyd; Michael Force; Dax Anderson; Kelly Komlen
Postcards opens January 10th and runs every Thursday though Sunday until March 17, 2013. Saturday evening February 9, 2012 will feature the Repertory Board of Trustees Annual Red Night Fundraiser. Ticket prices for that event are $35. All other tickets, fundraisers, Bargain Booklets, and Subscriptions will remain the most affordable for not-for-profit professional theatre in the Region. General admission is $17 per ticket in advance and $20 the day of performances. The Rep’s “Anytime, Multi-use” Gold Double Subscription for two is the unmatched price of $100 and a Silver Single Subscription stays at $50. 10-ticket Bargain Booklets, Regular and Matinee are $110 and $100 respectively and still make great mini-fundraisers.
For tickets, fundraiser bookings and information call or visit the Rep Box office, 313•868•1347. Tickets may be purchased by phone without a surcharge using Visa or MasterCard.