The Clemson Little Theatre

Begun   in   1931,   The   Clemson   Little   Theatre   is   one   of   the   oldest   community   theatres   in   South Carolina.   Originally   started   by   friends   of   Clemson   University,   many   of   its   early   productions (even   into   the   1960s)   were   performed   in   buildings   on   and   around   campus.   Since   1992   CLT has   made   its   home   in   its   own   theatre,   the   Pendleton   Playhouse   in   lovely   and   historic Pendleton, SC. Next on stage: Papa’s Blues by Javon Johnson directed by Javon Johnson Nathan   is   a   man   of   pride   and   ambition   struggling   with   racism,   unemployment,   and   haunting memories   of   his   father,   Big   Joe.   Big   Joe   was   murdered   while   Nathan   was   still   a   boy.   Big   Joe was   an   adamant   civil   rights   activist   and   a   source   of   pride   as   well   as   disappointment   for   his son,   but   he   instilled   in   his   son   the   importance   of   the   civil   rights   movement   principles   and   the necessity   of   belonging   to   something   both   spiritually   and   racially   uplifting.   However,   Nathan's failures   at   mastering   fatherhood   provoke   him   to   drink   and   partake   in   illegal   activities.   His lifestyle   and   his   broken   marriage   distance   him   from   the   joy   of   his   life,   his   own   son,   Rashon. The   play   is   told   in   flashbacks   by   Rashon,   who   speaks   of   the   trials   of   his   family   as   they unraveled 13 years ago, telling us the story of his father's blues. Written   and   directed   by   local   actor   and   playwright   Javon   Johnson,   this   play   received   the prestigious    Kennedy    Center    Lorraine    Hansberry    Playwriting   Award    in    1998.   The    award "recognizes   the   outstanding   plays   written   by   students   of   African   or   Diasporan   descent   that best   express   the   African   American   experience".      Lorraine   Hansberry   is   the   author   of   “A Raisin in the Sun”. The   cast   includes   Latoya   Young   who   recently   directed   the   delightful   and   very   successful “Beauty    and    the    Beast”    for    the    Clemson    Area    Youth    Theatre,    and    her    brother    Terrell McCaskill,   a   recent   graduate   of   the   Governor’s   School   for   the   Arts.      The   cast   also   includes Tavares Miller, LaNell Rice-Rollins, and Tryston D’Von Davidson. Performances: April 22, 23, 24, 2016 Friday and Saturday 8PM;  Saturday and Sunday 3PM Excellent Show! Don’t miss it! Final performance Sunday at 3PM Annual Members Meeting will be held in Cox Hall on May 15, 2016 At 3 PM All   current   season   members   are   invited   to   attend.   Come   learn   what’s   been going   on   behind   the   scenes   and   what   you   can   do   to   help   our   theatre   —   yours and mine — grow and prosper.   CLT on Facebook
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