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"Crumbs From the Table of Joy" by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage
Clark College Decker Theater
Vancouver, WA
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"Crumbs From the Table of Joy" by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage
Press Release: Serendipity Players presents "Crumbs From the Table of Joy," by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage

Vancouver, WA Serendipity Players, in partnership with Clark College, is proud to present "Crumbs From the Table of Joy," by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright  Lynn Nottage.

In 1950, Jackie Robinson was playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, having broken the "color barrier" in 1947. In 1948, President Truman issued an executive order desegregating the military. Malcolm X becomes a minister of the Nation of Islam in 1952. In 1951, an African American minister, Father Divine, calls for reparations to be paid to the descendants of slaves. In Washington DC, the term "McCarthyism" is born. And in 1950, Godfrey moves his two daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, to Brooklyn, having heard the call of Father Divine's church.

"Crumbs From the Table of Joy" takes the perspective of
Ernestine, who is seventeen years old. This is a complicated year in her life. Her father, Godfrey, has moved the family from the south to Brooklyn, where she and her sister, Ermina are having trouble fitting in. Her aunt has recently re-entered their lives, causing trouble whenever she appears. Then there's the matter of her new German step-mother."She's White!"

"I think Lynn Nottage is one of the best playwrights working
today," said Tony Broom, Artistic Director for Serendipity Players. "She has a real knack for exploring serious subjects with humor and humanity. It's really an honor to get to produce her work."

"Crumbs From the Table of Joy" is made possible by a generous donation from The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

Opening night is August 8 at 8:00 PM. The production run includes performances at 8 PM on August 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 with Sunday matinee performances at 2:00 PM on August 10, 17, 24. Sunday matinees are "Pay What You Will" performances. All performances take place at The Decker Theater at Clark College.

Tickets for evening performances are $15, and will be available soon at Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance. Sunday matinees are all Pay What You Will.

"Crumbs From the Table of Joy" is a drama set in 1950 in two acts. "Crumbs From the Table of Joy" features Clark College students Elena Mack and Kiara Gaulding, as well as local actors Phillip Bowles, Kate Lacey, and Dee Harris. Directed by Tony Broom.

Serendipity Players is a non-equity, semi-professional theater company.



Clark College Decker Theater (View)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
United States

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