11 to March 18, 2007
Between Men and Cattle
The title of the play is taken from the W.E.B. DuBois treatise, Souls of Black Folk (1903)...that in the view of the old South the Negro is tertium quid, a third something.... somewhere “between men and cattle.”
Between Men and Cattle centers on the relationship between a precocious black child who won second place in a speech competition in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a white reporter whose interview ends with the boy in tears. When he becomes the President of a conservative white university 30 years later, the reporter arranges a second meeting with him, to find out, in part, what went wrong the first time.
Mr. Kalinoski’s play reveals that “third something thoughts
Bernard Owen & Jenaya Jomes Reynolds
are still deeply embedded in the American experience and not just in the old South. Ernest Freeman, the new UniversityPresident, in a powerful and dramatic revelation not only recognizes the racism that stalks white good intentions but discovers he has suppressed its haunting influence beneath the surface of his own success.
Between Men and Cattle was developed at the National Playwrights Conference. The play premiered at Interact Theatre and was nominated for a Barrymore Award in Philadelphia.
Barbara Busby is the director for Between Men and Cattle. Last year she directed the critically acclaimed Rep production of Going to St. Ives. She has assembled a cast of two Rep stage veterans and two actors new to the Rep stage.
One of the Rep veterans, Council Cargle, needs no introduction. He has graced the Rep stage over a span of some thirty years and could legitimately take claim as one of the Rep’s all time favorites. He was last featured at the Rep in the comedic romp, What Next?, and his co-performer in that production was Barbara Busby.
Bernard Owens takes on the featured role of the precocious black child who eventually becomes a College President. Bernard left an indelible mark on Rep audiences with his remarkable performance in Yellowman.
Jenaya Jones Reynolds overcame stiff competition at the auditions to become Director Barbara Busby’s choice for the female role in Between Men and Cattle. While she is new to the Rep she recently performed to critical acclaim in the Plowshares’ production, The Bluest Eye.
Hank Bennett won the role of the young reporter baffled by apparently misplaced good intentions. While this is his first time at the Rep he has been active in Michigan theatre for many years. His credits not only include acting but he has also been a director, a make-up artist, and a stage, sound and lighting technician.
Between Men and Cattle will open January 11 and run every Thursday through Sunday until March 18, 2007. Tickets for all performances are on sale at the Repertory Box Office, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit 48238 and may be purchased by phone, 313-868-1347, with Visa or Master Card. Tickets may be purchased at all TicketMaster Outlets for regular performances only. Advance sale tickets for performances are $17. Door sale tickets are $20. To obtain detailed information about the Repertory and about the season or to sign up as an email patron visit our website www.detroitreptheatre.com. Maps and directions to the Repertory may be obtained on the website by clicking on Get to The Rep.