Benedict College
Theatre Ensemble

People of Clarendon County

A Play by Ossie Davis

The Theater Ensemble under the direction of Charles David Brooks III is putting on the production of "The People of Clarendon County" by Ossie Davis, with permission of Alice Bernstein whose unearthing of the play led to its publication in her book. Ms. Bernstein is a journalist, Aesthetic Realism Associate, and Director of the Alliance of Ethics & Art. This semester, Professor Brooks has given a student the opportunity to make his directing debut. Carrington Hardin is a graduating Senior from the Mass Communications Print program. He is Co-editor for Tiger News and his tenure with the Theatre Ensemble since Freshmen year has earned the right techniques and mindset to direct. The production is set to open:

Dates and Times:
March 25, 2015 at 7:00PM
March 26, 2015 at 7:00PM
March 27, 2015 at 7:00PM

Location: Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theater


Directing Debut of Carrington Hardin
Under the supervision of
Prof. Charles David Brooks III
Director of the Theatre Ensemble

Theatre Ensemble includes Derek Darby, Ty'Berria Clatt, De'Marquavious Daniels, and Calvin Phillips. Keneshia Gillard is Violaist. Townspeople include Doris Murray, Mi'cal Ryan, Leslie Kinard, Thiyra Baker, and Jazziniki Thompson.

Dr. David H. Swinton


Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Tuesday - Wednesday, February 2 - 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, reveals a brief moment in the life of an African-American family, called the Youngers, living, in the slums, on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. As the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive a check for $10,000 from the deceased Mr. Younger's life insurance policy. Ideas surface as to what each family member would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. Mama's son, Walter Lee wants to feel like a man, and to use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that black folks love to drink alcohol and would supply money and solve the family's financial problems forever. Walter's wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama, however, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son, Travis. Finally, Beneatha, Walter's sister and Mama's daughter, wants to use the money for her medical school tuition. She also wishes that her family members were not so interested in joining the white world. Beneatha instead tries to find her identity by looking back to the past and to Africa.

Contact Information:
Charles David Brooks, III, Director

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Columbia, SC -- June 12, 2012 -- Benedict College Fine Arts Department Theatre Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Charles David Brooks, III, Professor of Theater, has acquired the license to stage The Color Purple, The Musical about Love. The play, based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, was adapted for the screen in 1985 under the direction of Steven Spielberg through Warner Bros. /Amblin Entertainment.


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