Saturday, November 4, 2023

New Play Reading in Holmdel: "An American Tree"


Monday, November 13, at 7PM



Join us Monday, November 13th, at 7PM for the reading of a compelling new play!

Written by Di Shawn J. Gandy
Directed by Diane L. Parker

Monday, November 13, 7PM 
$5 suggested donation
Stay for a discussion with the playwright and cast following the reading.


In An American Tree, set in the scorching summer of 1889, deep in Alabama’s unforgiving Jim Crow South, the Bonner family’s legacy, a woven tapestry of two generations grappling with their painful history, teeters on the brink of revelation. Sophronia, a mulatto and resilient matriarch, and Squire, her husband, both carry the weight of their enslavement’s heavy chains, haunted by memories that linger like shadows in the sweltering Alabama heat.

Their son, Willie George, born into the promise of freedom, faces the insidious grip of the Jim Crow system, threatening their hard-fought progress. Amid a nation scarred by history, “An American Tree” delves into deep emotions and hidden secrets, where choices can save or shatter. As tension mounts, the heart-wrenching decision between preserving the fragile family and embracing the untold story unfolds, where past and present collide.

Within the walls of their home, the Bonner family's journey is a poignant exploration of history’s enduring impact and the relentless fight for an elusive future. In a world where freedom is hope and illusion, their story resonates with the universal struggle for justice,
identity, and the enduring strength of family bonds.

Featuring a stellar cast: Carmen Balentine, Andrea LeTrell, Chris Grant, Ibn Abdul Khaaliq, Felicia Russell, Peter Reimann

This program is made possible in part by funds from Monmouth Arts, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners.



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