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A LESSON BEFORE DYING

By Romulus Linney, based on a Novel written by Ernest J. Gaines,
and set design by Wendell Brown

Charles David Brooks III, Director

March 30 - 31, 2017 at 7:00pm, and April 1, 2017 Matinee at 3:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre

Synopsis

Columbia, SC -- March 15, 2017 -- A Lesson before Dying, a play by Romulus Linney, based on a Novel written by Ernest J. Gaines, and directed by Charles David Brooks, III, and set design by Wendell Brown, performs on stage, at the Benedict College Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Theater by the Theatre Ensemble, featuring Brandi Green, Cary C. Corley, Joshua Deon Colter, Rajendra Neupane, Roderick Haynes, Jr., LaQuanisha Robinson, Stephan Richardson, and stage manager Shakiera Williams.  A Lesson before Dying runs March 30 and March 31, at 7:00 PM, and April 1, 2017, Matinee, at 3:00 PM.

Ernest J. Gaines sets the scene in the fictional community of Bayonne, Louisiana, in the late 1940s, or for that matter it could be in Ferguson, Missouri or anywhere else in America, at any time. A Lesson Before Dying tells the story of Jefferson, or Trayvon, Garner, Michael, or Tamir, a twenty-one-year-old uneducated black field worker wrongfully accused and convicted of the robbery and murder of a white man, and sentenced to death by electrocution. At his trial, Jefferson's court-appointed defense attorney argues that Jefferson lacks the intelligence to plan a robbery, and that, even if he had been involved in the killing, sentencing him to death would be like putting a hog in the electric chair. In spite of this so-called defense, the all-white jury finds Jefferson guilty. To compound the horror of his situation, Jefferson internalizes the attorney's racist depiction of him as a dumb animal as he convinces himself to go being dragged like a hog to the electric chair.

Determined that Jefferson will die with dignity, his godmother ("nannan"), Miss Emma, turns to Grant Wiggins, a black teacher at the local plantation school, and asks him to teach Jefferson to be a man. Although convinced that there is nothing he can do, Grant reluctantly agrees to visit Jefferson in jail. Over the next several months, while Jefferson awaits execution, he and Grant forge a bond that enables both men to regain their dignity, reconnect with their community, and learn "the importance of standing."

Admission range from $5.00 to $10.00.

For additional information, contact Professor Charles D. Brooks, III, Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Director at (803) 705-4358 or Charles.Brooks@benedict.edu.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:00pm

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ONE MONKEY DON'T STOP NO SHOW

By Don Evans

Charles David Brooks III, Director

November 17 - 18, 2016 at 7:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre

Synopsis

Columbia, SC -- November 8, 2016 -- The Benedict College will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” a new stage play directed by Mr. Charles David Brooks, III, Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre Ensemble at Benedict College. The play will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th with a performance continuing on November 18th at the Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre on the College main campus. The event is free and open to the general public.

The Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Student Production, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, reveals the struggles of people, places, and things that appears to be doing well when in fact things are in shambles and in need of serious Restoration. The African American playwright Don Evans was a leading figure of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and 70s, though his plays have never made much of an impact in this country. The Harrisons are a well-to-do family living in a desirable quarter of Philadelphia. "We have a place in society and I don't just mean black society," Mrs. Harrison declares. Yet the recent death of Mr. Harrisons' brother has left them with the stewardship of Beverly, a smart young girl from the rural south with a frank disregard of big-city stereotypes.

The collision of town and country has been a staple of satirical comedy since Molière, and Evans's play makes erudite reference to Restoration drama with its racy, rather confusing plot and cheeky licentiousness much of the action revolves around the hasty concealment of a copy of The Joy of Sex the Harrison's preppy teenage son has smuggled into the house, as Reviewed by Alfred Hickling.

For additional information, contact Professor Charles D. Brooks, III, Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Director at (803) 705-4358 or Charles.Brooks@benedict.edu.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Thursday, November 10, 2016 • Time: Lecture 10:30 am • Location: Swinton Center Ballroom
 
Lecture Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Charles Jackson, Sr.
Senior Pastor, Brookland Baptist Church

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Friday, November 11, 2016 • Conference: 10:00 am • Location: Swinton Center Ballroom
 
Conference Facilitators
Rev. Dr. Lillie BurgessRev. Dr. Harry SingletonBishop Dr. Bennie James
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