When I went to grad school at the University of Leeds in England—way back in 1960—some of the theatre folks there still told tales of a "crazy Nigerian" student who used to hang by his heels at cast parties. Well, that crazy Nigerian was Wole Soyinka and he went on to become one of Africa's greatest playwrights and novelists. In 1986 he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Part study in the importance of family and past sacrifices, part ghost story, the Black Rep’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ by August Wilson is lively, funny and challenging.
In 1859, Baltimore was home to 25,000 free blacks but with abolitionism and talk of secession growing their world is changing. 'Facing the Shadows', a Black Rep premiere of a play by Sheila Payton performing at the Missouri History Museum, tells the story of a group of women trying to live a free life confronted with a run-away slave and a potentially life-changing decision.