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PEOLA'S PASSING JOURNEYS ON...

The theme for the 2011 Short Play LAB was "Justified". Cynthia Robinson created Peola's Passing that year, inspired in part by "Imitation of Life" and her own family stories. The script that resulted remains one of the strongest the LAB has produced, and it also remains extremely relevant to the reality of Racism in this country.

Set in 1964, two sisters from Jackson, MS—one “passing” and the other about to risk her life for change—confront the realities of the color bar on the eve of the Civil Rights Act. A radio plays throughout, a montage of 60s classics and intermittant radio alerts about the discovery of the bodies of missing civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner.

After its debut in the Women's Work Short Play Festival, the script was selected for inclusion in the Samuel French Festival in 2012, and was revived last year for NPTC's THE WORK GOES ON, a retrospective of plays from eight years of the LAB. At the end of March 2016, we took the production to Bogotá, Colombia as part of the Alternative Theatre Festival, where it was very well received.

On February 21, 2017, students at Westchester Community College will be our latest audience.

The piece is directed by Melody Brooks. Emmanuelle Bernard and Hjordys Matos reprise their roles as Carrie and "Nora". The original set and costume design is by Meganne George. Carolina Arboleda returns as Stage Manager.

For more information, please contact us at newper37@gmail.com