Actress Cassandra Lowe Williams discusses the importance of Ethel Waters’ influence on the stage version of “The Member of the Wedding” in this bonus footage.
This past July, I found myself standing outside 1519 Stark Avenue in Columbus, Georgia. It was a Thursday afternoon and everything was going haywire in Greensboro and New York — an actor had dropped out of our first show four days from 1st rehearsal, and I had spent my Georgia morning on the phone problem solving and planning. But this 1920’s bungalow was the reason for my journey to Columbus, and for the next hour, I wanted nothing to disturb me. So I silenced the phone, walked up to the door and knocked.
What do you do when your set design calls for a wall of children’s drawings? You commission elementary school students, of course!
We asked these Greensboro Day School 4th graders to draw like kindergarteners for a day in order to recreate the drawings we needed to decorate the set for The Member of the Wedding. Everyone did a great job, and we had a blast watching these artists in action:
by Bryan Conger, Triad Stage Artistic Associate & Dramaturg for The Member of the Wedding
Home is where the heart is. It’s a phrase that — though heard often — rings particularly true for Southern writers. Home is the place they return to time and time again in their stories to illuminate truths of the lonely outcast and exorcise demons of the past. A classic Southern writer, Carson McCullers both loved her homeland and battled with it throughout her body of work. Continue reading →