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    Star Pocket Theatre: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

    Program/Event:
    Around the Triangle
    Event status:
    Confirmed
    Event date:
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 8pm - 10:30pm
    Location:
    VAE Raleigh, 309 W Martin St, Raleigh NC 27601
    Description:

    Star Pocket Theatre: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers

    "The Member of the Wedding" is Carson McCullers' theatrical adaptation of her novel of the same name, widely beloved as a treasure to the American Southern literary canon. Winner of the 1950 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play, the story focuses on an adolescent Frankie Addams as she struggles to find her place and purpose in a world that seems to constantly exclude her. In her words, Frankie is an "unjoined person." Her mother died in childbirth and her widowed father is a distant, vacuous figure with no idea of the anxiety his daughter is experiencing. Ignored by her father and ostracized by the local girls, Frankie's only true compatriots are the family's housekeeper, Berenice Sadie Brown, and Frankie's pesky younger cousin, John Henry West. During the weekend when Frankie's brother, Jarvis, is set to be married, she fixates her affection on the couple and determines to run away with them. In her desperation to belong, Frankie hopes that the newlyweds can be what she calls "the we of me."

    The play presents complex issues regarding race, gender, and sexuality, their roles in the American South during the 20th century, and their relationships with the development of identity and intimacy. Its clever writing and sincere emotional depth shape a narrative that is gripping, dreamlike, and eerily familiar.

    Join us as we bring Carson McCullers' work to life in this intimate exploration of the pain of exclusion and the humor of adolescence.

    Featuring:

    • Joy Bryant
    • Mackie Raymond
    • Charlie Sirois
    • Martie Todd Sirois
    • Kristopher Hanks
    • Rebecca Nelsen
    • Melvin Gray Jr.
    • Warren Keyes
    • Rebekah Fairbrother
    • Lilly Tilby
    • John Padgett

    Directed by Brent Wilson

    The show runs April 19-22 and 26-29. All shows are at 8pm. Tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

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