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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WHO: BC Theatre Ensemble presents A Lesson Before Dying by Romulus Linney and directed by Charles David Brooks, III, and Ernest J. Gaines' eighth novel, published in 1993.

WHAT: Jefferson, an innocent young man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins, struggling to quit his poor parish school and leave the South, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. Ernest J. Gaines' celebrated novel makes an engrossing, moving and finally devastating play for the stage.

WHEN: March 30 thru April 1, 2017

WHERE: Ponder Fine Arts /Humanities Center

Contact Information:
Charles David Brooks, III, Director

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