Arts and Entertainment
March 28, 2014
By Pearl Cleage
Directed by Pat Payne
Directed by Mark Brenche
On February 6, 2006, people began lining up at dawn outside of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose body lay in state in the small sanctuary. People of all ages stood patiently for hours, waiting to say goodbye. Sometimes they murmured to each other quietly. Sometimes they shared memories of Mrs. King's extraordinary life and expressed sorrow at her passing. When a cold rain began to fall at sunset, those who had thought to bring umbrellas shared them with those whose resolve was the only thing not dampened by the drizzle. At close to midnight, the crowd had dwindled to a determined few. The five fictional characters in this play are at the end of that long line of mourners.
"Pearl Cleage's "A Song for Coretta"â€¦brims with wit, personality and life-affirming energy." Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Vintage Theatre opens the evening with "Letters." Mark Brenche directs Andre Hickman and Lisa Young, portraying Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King, as they read from selected letters the two exchanged while they dated, during their marriage, while MLK was growing the civil rights movement and during the time of his arrest.
The cast includes Lisa Young (Helen Richards), Davida Terrell (Zora Evans), Josephine Lemon-Lett (Mona Lisa Martin), Ilasiea Gray (Keisha Cameron) and ShaShauna Staton (Gwendolyn Johnson).
Vintage Theatre has partnered with Copacabana Grill Catering to create a menu especially for Vintage Theatre patrons who have a hankering to try some real Brazilian BBQ. A full meal, offered from 6 - 7 p.m., includes an appetizer or salad, the entrÃ©e and choice of dessert for $15. Appetizers such as Chicken Croquettes or Prosciutto with Melon and desserts like the traditional Brazilian Truffle confections or delectable cake by the slice, will be offered before and after the show with prices starting at $5. The full meal option is offered on the Vintage Theatre ticketing page. To view the full menu, go to http://copacabanagrillcatering.com/#/vintage-theatre-menu/.
Date: March 28 through May 4, 2014
Location: Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $26 ($21 advance), Senior, Student, Group discounts available. Tickets are available by calling 303-856-7830 or online at www.vintagetheatre.com. * Note closing date change.