WHO: Don Evans, Playwright, was born in Philadelphia and graduated from what would become Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 1962. He earned a master's degree in 1968 and a master of fine arts degree in 1972. He was department chair of African American studies at the College of New Jersey in Trenton and also taught at Princeton and Rutgers over the years. He was a founder of Trenton's Players Company.
WHAT: One Monkey Don't Stop No Show takes place in suburban Philadelphia, where the Reverend Avery Harrison, a Baptist preacher, clings tenaciously to his position in the local black elite. His upwardly mobile philosophy is avisly shared by his wife, Myra (whose hilarious malapropisms continually betray her ghetto origins), and his son Felix, a strictly brought up private school product who has suddenly discovered the joys of sex, thanks to a surreptitiously studied manual and the cooperation of a local charmer known as "Li'l Bit's". Another jarring note is struck when the Reverend's countrified niece Beverly, the only daughter of his lately demised brother, arrives from the rural South with the news that she has been left in the custody of Caled Johnson, a jive talking, fast living, macho type, who was the partner of Beverly's father in a disreputable local nightclub. Hilarious complications ensue as the Reverend and his wife find their passions rekindled; Felix and "Li'l Bit's" nervously face the prospect that she may be in a "family way"; and Beverly -- who is a lot sharper than her country background might suggest -- plots her conquest of the increasingly helpless Caleb.
WHEN: November 17 & 18 at 7pm & November 19 at 3pm 2016
WHERE: Ponder Fine Arts /Humanities Center
Charles David Brooks, III, Director