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The Resurrection of Alice
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Sunday Nov 22, 2020 10:01 AM - Sunday Jan 10, 2021 10:01 AM | $5.00


The Resurrection of Alice
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Now available as a Pay-What-You-Can event because of the large numbers of unemployment caused by Covid19. Patrons may enter the amount they can afford for on demand viewing beginning November 22nd.

About The Resurrection of Alice:
Based on a novel of the same title by Playwright/Actress Perri Gaffney, "The Resurrection of Alice," is a funny, heartwarming, exceptionally enlightening, and poignant  story of one young girls journey for her family's sake into an arranged marriage with a man that was old enough to be her grandfather.  

The play is inspired by the countless forgotten lives of young, black girls who found themselves in arranged marriages for their family's sake to men that were usually community pillars, financially comfortable and old enough to be their grandfathers.  This type of arrangement, prevalent throughout many countries and cultures, was once a fairly common practice amongst some African Americans through the mid-1900s.

In rural South Carolina, 1948, fifteen-year-old Alice looks forward to graduating from high school (a family first) and attending college on the scholarship she has earned.  But her plans are devastated when she learns that she must honor her parents secret marriage arrangements for her to Luthern Tucker the lonely, old family benefactor who had been eyeing her since she was seven-years-old.  Alices next twenty years of overcoming trials are a tribute to the power of nurturing and healing that can cause a broken spirit to be reborn.

Because the tradition of arranged nuptials continues, The Resurrection of Alice has a contemporary, universal social appeal to anyone seeking to understand how and why this tradition remains as well as some possible emotional, psychological and physical tolls that may plague both the betrothed and their families, if the union is not a happy one.
The Resurrection has an educational appeal as well, not only for the themes historical basis, but because the story is also heavily peppered with other informative references, from events that forged the course of the future to trivia.  What was the tallest building before the Empire State Building?  Who invented the traffic light?  Who invented the blood bank? Who was the first American woman to receive an international aviators license? What was the 1968 South Carolina State University massacre? How did U.S. President Garfield die? These questions, and many more, are answered in the play.

More philosophical questions and situations with no easy or exact answers are also posed to promote thought and dialogue.

The Resurrection of Alice is perfect for ages 17 and up.  Its an adventure that informs, enlightens, excites and inspires through characters that will stay with you long after the story ends.

About the Artist:

Perri Gaffney is happy for this taped encore performance of The Resurrection of Alice for The Essential Theatre. Other stage credits include OFF-BROADWAY: Harlem Duet, The Waiting Room, and Bee-Luther-Hatchee. REGIONAL THEATRE: Skeleton Crew (Curious Theatre, Westport Theatre), FAMILIAR (Guthrie, Seattle Rep.), Having Our Say (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Jubilee Theatre), The Sting of White Roses (NC Black Rep),To Kill A Mockingbird (Syracuse Stage, Virginia Stage), Guess Whose Coming to Dinner (St. Louis Rep., Lyceum Theatre), Steel Magnolias (American Stage), The Road Weeps The Well Runs Dry (Perseverance Theatre, USF), A Raisin in the Sun (GEVA), Macbeth, Death and the Kings Horseman, The Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Resurrection of Alice (Best Actress BTAA & AAAAC Awards (eta Creative Arts), Best Playwright & Best Play BTAA Nominations, and Helen Hayes Award Nomination Outstanding Lead Actress (The Essential Theatre), Intimate Apparel (ATL, Cleveland Playhouse, OSF), Polk County (McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage: Helen Hayes Award Nomination Best Supporting Actress in a Musical).  FILM/TV: MASTER (Netflix), BRAINWORKS (PBS), As The World Turns (recurring Nurse Bentley), Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU, So Close, Deep Trouble, Fake Preacher, East 182 Street, Thunderborn. BOOKS:The Resurrection of Alice (Perri Tales Publications); Managing Artists in Pop Music and The Business of Broadway (with Mitch Weiss for Allworth Press).

*** Perri has four (4) solo shows: The Resurrection of Alice, JOSEPHINE, Harriet Speaks, and JUST ME. They are perfect for fundraisers, senior centers, churches, schools (elementary through college), and other educational organizations. Each show has a Study Guide to make talkbacks and tests both fun and informative. Visit www.PerriTales.com to watch excerpts. Email her at PerriGaffney@aol.com for more information and/or to book a performance.

To God Goes All the Glory!!

The Essential Theatre:

The Essential Theatre is a non-profit professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience from a first-person perspective that celebrates and explores the rich, diverse American cultural landscape.  Paramount in the company's mission is the implementation of programs for youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self-esteem.


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Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: No


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