An American Tract  by Barbara White Morgan

 

Synopsis

The story of Anne Jackson, a black single mother who moves with her two sons from a violent inner-city environment to an inherited home in Park Circle, an all white upscale planned community. Anne's salary as a nurse's assistant is, of course, inadequate to meet the steep financial requirements of a planned community where six figure incomes abound. So, some of the Park Circle residents are less than thrilled with their new neighbors who struggle to keep pace. Anne�s family encounters and sometimes generates cultural shock on all sides. Her elder son, Rodney, hates what he sees as a stifling hypocritical vibe in Park Circle, and her boyfriend, Earl, thinks Anne is crazy to work around the clock to meet the required expenses of planned community living. An American Tract takes a deep look at Anne's battle to keep her family�s American dream from becoming their worst nightmare. This is the tale of a determined woman and her family - those who dare to push beyond the restraints of their social and economic situations to grab the golden ring of opportunity handed to them by chance. It is also about how our life experience shapes our perspective, how we see things, and thus, how we live our lives.

 

Cast Requirements:

  • ANNE JACKSON: African-American; mid-30s

  • RODNEY JACKSON: Anne's older son; 17

  • JIMMY JACKSON: Anne's younger son; 10

  • EARL JEFFERSON: Anne's boyfriend; early-40s

  • JOHN RIVERS: Caucasian; mid-40s

  • BETTY RIVERS: John's wife; mid-40s

  • KIM RIVERS: John's daughter; 16

  • DAVID RIVERS: John's son; 10

  • ANDY ROBINSON: Caucasian; mid-50s

  • LOUIS BLEDSOE: African-American; early 60s

The Setting

Mid-1980s. Early Fall to early Summer. The action takes place at the Jackson home. The Jacksons, who are Black, have just moved into a previously all-white upscale suburban tract development.

 

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Reviews

“An American tract might be recognized as a viable addition to the literature on modern race relations." - Dramalogue

“Barbara Morgan has written an unusual play about the black experience in America."
- Garden Valley News

“There are some wonderful moments to hang on to. Morgan's writing plays particularly well with the young actors."
- Backstage West

“An American tract might be recognized as a viable addition to the literature on modern race relations." - Dramalogue
 
“Barbara Morgan has written an unusual play about the black experience in America." - Garden Valley News
 
“There are some wonderful moments to hang on to. Morgan's writing plays particularly well with the young actors." - Backstage West

 

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Produced and directed by Richard Elkins (2010)

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