MoAD and LHT present | RUN HOME by Jennifer Wilson
Museum of the African Diaspora and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre present a reading
by Jennifer Nelson
directed by Steven Anthony Jones
RUN HOME consists of three short plays linked to the theme of baseball in the lives of three teenage girls in three different eras: 1863, the mid-1940’s and early 1960’s. There is something almost metaphysical about team sports. Baseball’s particular role in American culture serves as an apt metaphor for so much of what has transpired in this country dating from its “first pitch.” With relative objectivity, race, gender and class issues are represented, as are respect for competition and “may-the-best-player-win” philosophy. Although professional ball has become mired in capitalism, the game is still beloved. Baseball represents the enduring hope that regardless of the outcome of one game, there is the possibility that the next “at-bat,” the next game, the next season, will lift the team, and thereby, its fans to a level where all vicariously transcend the ordinariness of our daily lives. Is it any wonder then that sports heroes are elevated to the status of demi-gods?
The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at MoAD is a collaboration that connects theater and the visual arts, bringing both audiences together, making each art form more accessible and relevant to both constituencies and providing context across art forms. Each reading is followed by an audience discussion with the cast.
Free for MoAD Members and LHT Subscribers
General Admission $10 | Students & Seniors $5