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Playwright

Arnaud d'Usseau and James Gow

Performance Dates

October 16, 1948

Creative Team

Director............................................J. F. Smith

Business Manager...........................Dick Willit

Stage Managers..............................Bob Hamlin and Bill Hunt

Properties........................................Ralph Hughes and Bill Harrison

Publicity...........................................Mary Frail and Bob Barr

Synopsis

The play tells the story of Brett Charles, a decorated African-American lieutenant in the U.S. Army, who returns to his small hometown in the Deep South at the end of World War II. Brett has been treated like an equal in Europe, with men under his command, and slipping back into the shuffling role of "boy" is not something he's about to do. The liberal-minded Alice Langdon, daughter of a conservative U.S. senator, has been Brett's champion throughout his life, and she has plans for him to go to college in the North. Brett prefers to stay, however, and work to better his community. Alice's younger sister, Genevra (Nevvy for short), who grew up with Brett, is happy that he's remaining, though she doesn't initially understand that it's because she loves him. Brett returns the feeling, but the bond is unarticulated until events force Nevvy and Brett to share their emotions. When Alice realizes the situation, her patronizing façade crumbles, and she joins in her father's already hatched plot to destroy Brett, whose efforts to combat segregation anger the senator. Also important are Alice's beau Howard, a Northern writer, and Brett's mother, Bella, the Langdons' housekeeper.

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/ny-review-deep-roots-53483/

Disciplines

Acting | Dance | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History

Keywords

Otterbein Theatre, Performing Arts, College Theater

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