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Hunger in Paradise

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2012

Mary McCallum may be a super-active performer and director, but nothing is more important to her than her work as a playwright. This workshop production offers another step in development for a McCallum script that was first seriously read and nurtured at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Program. As in her previous play Fly, Girl!, the playwright draws upon historical events, here setting her tale against the backdrop of the 1921 Tulsa riots — a shocking episode in which the wealthiest African-American community in the U.S., the Greenwood District, was burned to the ground, resulting in dozens killed and thousands left homeless. McCallum’s story tells of a black man who becomes involved with a white woman within that racially charged atmosphere. Performing alongside McCallum are Christina Kretchik, Rashad Rayford, Jason McGowan and Tamiko Robinson. Directed by Shawn Whitsell.

Martin Brady

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