Living Room Theatre is the brainchild of NC Black Rep founder, Larry Leon Hamlin. After recognizing that in his hometown of Winston-Salem, theatre about and created by African Americans did not exist, Mr. Hamlin set out to fill that void by creating The North Carolina Black Repertory Company. He achieved his goal by entering community into the conversation with a program called Living Room Theatre, which brought live theatre into the homes of African Americans and sparked debate on the importance of representation when it comes to power and power structures. The community rallied behind him and today NC Black Rep not only remains a vehicle for those stories to be told, but also has a seven-figure economic impact on the city of Winston-Salem.
The legacy of Living Room Theatre continues as an NC Black Rep outreach program. From October 2018 through May 2019 NC Black Rep will produced one staged reading per month of new plays by nationally recognized up-and-coming writers at locations throughout the city of Winston-Salem that are site-specific to the play’s subject matter. The readings will be free to the public and target underserved members of the community such as the elderly, the LGBT community, low-income residents, and others who may not otherwise have access or the means to enjoy live theatre, and whose stories are often marginalized by society.
Performance schedule will be announced in August 2018. Selected plays are as follows:
BERTA, BERTA by Angelica Chéri
After committing an unforgivable crime and doomed to surrender his freedom, Leroy is granted one final
wish: a chance to make amends with his long-lost lover Berta. Their reunion swells from a quarrelsome
conjuring of the past to an impassioned plot to escape the fate that awaits them.
BLACK SUPER HERO MAGIC MAMA by India Craig-Galvan
Sabrina Jackson cannot cope with the death of her son by a White cop. Rather than herald the Black
Lives Matter movement, Sabrina retreats inward, living out a comic book superhero fantasy. Will Sabrina
stay in this dream world or return to reality and mourn her loss?
FREEDOM SUMMER by Cynthia G. Robinson
August 4, 1964. It is Nora’s wedding day when her estranged sister, Carrie, pops up at her Boston
apartment. Two years ago, Nora left the family in Jackson, Mississippi to start a new life “passing” as a
white woman. Now, Carrie desperately needs her sister to return home and care for their newly
widowed mother while she prepares to travel to the Deep South to register Blacks to vote. As these
sisters deal with their mounting family conflicts, new problems arise. The bodies of three civil rights
workers have just been found in Mississippi, leading the sisters to question the price of civil rights and
KISSING CHE by Augusto Amador
Miami, Florida, 1984. Four years after the Mariel Boatlift, a man named Reina is dying in a nursing home
claiming to have been Cuba’s last famous drag queen and to have had a passionate love affair with the
Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. Tamika, an African-American nurse, strikes up a friendship with him.
United by untold pasts, shared confessions change their lives forever against the background of Cuba in
the late 60’s and 70’s, when Castro regime begins its systematic and brutal persecution of homosexuals.
RUN NO MORE by Harold Ellis Clark
Lance, a black American solider, and Tuyen, a Vietnamese woman, get trapped behind enemy lines,
taking refuge in a thatch and corrugated roof farmhouse midway between Saigon and Tay Ninh,
Vietnam. Lance seeks the whereabouts of his fellow volunteer recon members from whom he was
separated during a mission, and Tuyen strives to return to her sick, nearly three year-old son whom she
abandoned upon being surprised by Viet Cong troops while searching for herbs to aid the boy.
While here, Lance and Tuyen struggle to form a bond which could possibly help both of them remain alive.
SILENT TRUTH by Magaly Colimon-Christopher
“I woke up one day and felt like I was in a bad 1950’s movie—stuck in a housewife role that I had never
imagined for myself.” It’s Adina Jamison’s 30th birthday and she is on the verge of making life-altering
choices. How does a former valedictorian/college dropout/mother-of-four-young-children claim her right
to choose her destiny? It takes uncovering three generations of secrets, marijuana-infused brownies, and
the support of loved ones for her to claim her right to live.
SWIMMING UPTOWN by Cheryl L. Davis
Samantha Alexander works hard to maintain her orderly, affluent life. But after her sister Nikki is
arrested, Samantha finds her world in turmoil when she must take custody of her rambunctious niece.
As she copes with this fresh chaos of her life, Samantha is forced to reconnect with her family — and
TEEN DAD by Adrienne Dawes
When Tanya gets engaged to John, a mild-mannered social worker, her daughter Abby orchestrates an
invitation for her biological father Thom to join them on a weekend vacation to a beachfront property in
a conservative gated community. The family is forced indoors to heal the wounds of the past, let go and