“Six Triple Eight” Best Play by Mary McCallum – Kudos!!!
Play honors unsung WWII women Patriots who created a much needed system to organize and deliver back log of mail to our soldiers!
Except from…Alumni Round Up (cited below)
…During World War II African-American women from all over the United States joined the Army. “After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the whole country got involved,” remembered Gladys Shuster Carter, who joined up in Richmond, Virginia. Ragland, who was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, enlisted right out of high school at age 17. She decided to join after seeing a recruiting advertisement in the newspaper that offered African American women the chance to go overseas. Alyce Dixon joined the Army before the country joined the fight.
Already relegated to a separate unit because of their gender, the women were further segregated because of the color of their skin. But they were ready to work for their country, and their abilities were needed.
Arriving in Birmingham, England, the women discovered warehouses crammed from floor to ceiling with mail and packages. “The mail hadn’t moved in a year or two,” recalled Ragland. The women went to work, organizing a system of mail flow that would break the bottleneck.
Read Crossroads News’ Review of the Best Play!
More from Alumni Round Up…
U.S. Postal Museum
General Education… Backgrounder for American History and this context for being on the ground in World War ll from Khan Academy.Org
As you hear HBCU Honor Students are Prolifically Thinking Theatre!
Read more about Fisk University. Contact Patrick Fleming
W.E.B. Du Bois Honors Program
Photo courtesy of Berkshire On Stage
According to an article by journalist Diep Tran in American Theatre magazine, Suzan-Lori Parks writes fast, and she writes a lot. Case in point: In 2002, she decided that she would write one play a day for a year. The finished product, 365 Days/365 Plays, was staged at a jaw-dropping 700-plus venues in 2006. This past winter and spring, Parks turned back to that familiar process to address a more immediate concern: the election of Donald Trump as president.
“I didn’t know what else to do,” Parks admitted recently. So she wrote one play, every day, for Trump’s first 100 days in office (give or take). The finished product, 100 Plays for the First Hundred Days, has no planned productions slated as yet, but it will be published by TCG Books next year (exclusive selected excerpts are published at the end of this story).
We spoke recently in the lobby of Signature Theatre in New York City, after a talkback for her plays Fucking A and In the Blood, then in repertory in two different venues at the theatre complex. She was initially hesitant to talk politics, even if they were the pretext for her 100 Plays. But having a conversation with Parks can be like driving down a country road, full of unpredictable twists and turns, and ending at a destination neither anticipated.
Photo courtesy of Tisch NYU
SEP College Students please read more…
- What in your mind makes her such a prolific writer?
- Provide her fast facts on President Donald Trump
- What methods or creative techniques, habits of mind or patterns does she have or use?
- What does “woke” mean? To what extent do you think that you are “woke”?