Have you seen the reviews for our current Featured Show, Paul Minx‘s new play The Long Road South, starring Michael Brandon and Imogen Stubbs? Plenty of comparisons are being made with Tennessee Williams… Scroll down for links and pull quotes from some of our favourite reviews.
After a successful first outing as part of the So and So Arts Club’s Hopeful Rep season at the Hope Theatre last August, this Offie-nominated drama has transferred to the King’s Head Theatre for a strictly limited season until 30 January 2016.
Set in Indiana 1965 during the long, hot summer of the civil rights movement, the world and that of the Price family is about to change. Their two domestic workers, Grace and Andre, intend to collect their wages and head South to join the voting rights marches. And the Price family – Jake, Carol Ann and their teenage Lolita – are each determined to make them stay.
Laced with wit and bitter irony, The Long Road South tells the story of how a man is forced to confront his demons and go to the lengths of his being to find out who he is and get what’s rightly his.
In addition to Brandon and Stubbs, the cast includes Krissi Bohn, Cornelius McCarthy and Lydea Perkins. The show is directed by Sarah Jane Berger and produced by King William Productions.
Writer Paul Minx explains the autobiographical nature of The Long Road South:
“The play tells the story of an African-American man who helped raised me. He was gentle, religious and angry – all at the same time. He wanted to be part of the American civil rights movement but never found the personal courage to march or get involved. He didn’t think he was good enough. He was brought down by the ‘day-to-day racism’ – the constant reminders African-Americans received that they weren’t as good as whites. This is the hardest prejudice to fight and it ate away at his soul. I wrote the play as a testament to him.”