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"Five on the Black Hand Side"

Play: "Five on the Black Hand Side"

Dates and Times of the Performances:

March 20 - 22 & 26 - 29, 2003 at 7:30pm
Matinees: March 23 & 30, 2003 at 3:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center, Little Theatre on Benedict College campus.

Five on the Black Hand Side
(L-R) Carol Bowers, Gaylin Henderson, Carlton Boyd,
Tiera Matthews, and Cassandra McGee

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[Columbia, SC] The Benedict College Fine Arts Department presented Five on the Black Hand Side directed by Charles David Brooks III, Assistant Professor of Theater, on the campus of Benedict College in the Ponder Theater on March 20-22 and 26-29 at 7:30 pm. Matinee dates were on Sunday, March 23rd and 30th at 3:00 pm.

Five on the Black Hand Side is considered to be a classic among theatrical dramas. The story is based on the trials and tribulations within a black family during the late 1960s. Charlie Russell is the original playwright who developed the play to give his audience a sense of hope and pride. His theme challenges his audience to leave the theatre with a renewed sense of dignity. The subject matter of Five on the Black Hand Side ranges from the black family to the black political consciousness.

Please arrive early, admission is free and the seats are limited.

Brief Bio On The Play

Five on the Black Hand Side, a Classic, is based on the trials and liberation within a Black family during the late 1960s. The play gives a sense of hope in being who you are...to walk with dignity and to hold your head up and not be ashamed of who you are. The subject matter of Five on the Black Hand Side ranges from the Black family to the Black Political consciousness that unfortunately is lacking in recent times.

Brief Playwright Bio

Charlie Russell was a counselor in the S.E.E.K. college program at City College in New York. His brother is the Basketball star Bill Russell. Russell received his M.F.A. in Playwrighting from University of California in San Diego. Russell's first Off-Broadway play, Five on the Black Hand Side (originally titled Gladys) produced by American Place Theater. The stage play was made into a film, in 1973, and released by United Artists.

Brief Director Bio

Charles David Brooks III is Assistant Professor of Theater, in the Fine Arts Department, at Benedict College. Brooks directed The Dreamy Kid, by Eugene O'Neill and Our Lives Our Voices Our Music for the Performing Arts Company. Brooks is the playwright for Our Lives Our Voices Our Music. Brooks received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Californa in Los Angeles. Brooks has written and directed plays for New York City and Los Angeles theaters. Other works in Columbia, South Carolina as an actor include The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson, at Trustus and Bubbling Brown Sugar, by Loften Mitchell and Rosetta LeNoire, at Workshop Theater.

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