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Tri-Cities High School Department of Drama presents “The Amen Corner” 11/17-11/19 | Arts & Culture

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Tri-Cities High School Department of Drama presents “The Amen Corner” 11/17-11/19
Tri-Cities High School Department of Drama presents “The Amen Corner” 11/17-11/19

East Point -  (submitted by Valerie Bell Smith) Tri-Cities High School Department of Drama presents “The Amen Corner”, the first dramatic play by the now much-celebrated African-American novelist, essayist, and playwright James Baldwin.  It was written during the 1950s, first performed on the professional stage in 1965, and first published in 1968.

 

“The Amen Corner” will be presented at 7 p.m., November 17 - 19, 2011 in the Viola Turner Theater on the campus of Tri Cities High School.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Purchase your tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

The story features Margaret Alexander, the strong-willed female pastor of a storefront church in 1960's Harlem, is suddenly all-too-human in the eyes of her devout congregation when her long-lost musician husband returns. Margaret struggles to keep herself and her leadership of the church together as she confronts her feelings for this "wicked"man and her wayward son who has lost his faith. Her final reconciliation with her husband purges Margaret of bitterness and gives her the strength to continue her religious mission.

The Amen Corner addresses themes of the role of the church in the African-American family, the complex relationship between religion and earthly love, and the effect of a poverty born of racial prejudice on the African-American community.