The Douglas Morrisson Theatre continues its 2012 “Family Portraits” season with the rarely revived drama, "The Member of the Wedding," by Carson McCullers. Directed by Eric Fraisher Hayes, the play features an ensemble of Bay Area performers including Albany's Ruby Buckwalter as John Henry.
"The Member of the Wedding" is a masterful exploration of issues of identity and of black/white race relations in the Deep South. Set in Georgia in 1945, this poignant coming-of-age drama tells the story of twelve-year old tomboy, Frankie, a restless, bored and lonely soul, jealous of her brother’s impending marriage. Playing three-handed bridge with her seven-year old cousin, John Henry, and her surrogate mother, Berenice, the black family cook, Frankie longs to escape the summer heat with her big brother and his fiancée. She dreams of becoming the “we of me.”
"The Member of the Wedding" previews on June 7, opens June 8, and runs through July 1, 2012, at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third Street, in Hayward.