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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Work by a Tougaloo College Graduate

I received the second edition of Charrita' Danley's novel on 3/8/12

A World Premiere
Through the Crack
Adapted for the stage by K. T. Price, V.J. Banks, and Charrita D. Danley
Based on the Novel by Charrita D. Danley
Original Music by K.T. Price and C Major
March 15-17 shows begin at 8 p.m.
March 18 matinee begins at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $15 General Admission -$12 Students/Seniors

Through the Crack is the heart-warming story of three African American women who are bound to one another by the common blood that flows through their veins. Vickie’s single, saved and sanctified sister, Vanessa Morgan, has her middleclass lifestyle in the city disrupted when she is forced to acknowledge what she has long suspected--that her sister is entangled in a web of drug addiction and headed swiftly for destruction. This provocative play traces the women’s journey from addiction to recovery, detailing their thoughts, feelings, and actions towards their circumstances, and exposing their individual desires to avoid being smothered by family responsibilities and relationships. The characters’ faith in God sustains them through the laughter and the tears as they learn the true meaning of unconditional love on all levels. This production will star special guest Aunjanue Ellis. She is known for her roles in The Help, The Mentalist, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Men of Honor, Undercover Brother, Ray, New York Undercover, The Practice, Third Watch, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and Numb3rs.

My comment on the novel:

In true Horatian fashion, Charrita Danley's Through the Crack simultaneously entertains and instructs. The book is a fine example of African American fictionalized life history, a womanist narrative which invites reders to look beyond the story's surface into the nature of family and beliefs.  Our looking is rewareded by sobering perspectives on everyday life and habits of the heart.  Through the Crack invites us to ponder the timeless values and the faith which have enabled African Americans to discover, in the words of Richard Wright,"some redeeming meaning for their having struggled and suffered here beneath the starts."

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