I am excited to announce, and help promote, an upcoming production of The Color Purple at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, MN. I read the book by Alice Walker when I was in my 20’s and it is a story that changed my thinking about many things, including God, and has stuck with me all these years. I have not watched the movie, starring Oprah Winfrey, however. The story is filled with heartache, separation, fear, abuse, soul-searching, relationships, hope, and reconciliation. It is a powerful story. It was set to music and stage in a musical version in 2005. Now, you can watch it unfold at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Here is the blurb:
Join us for this celebration of life, resilience and love. All her life, “Po’ chile” Celie has known only hardship and cruelty. She is married off at the age of 14 to a callous local farmer and her sole joy in the world is the letters she receives from her missionary sister Nettie. But when sassy nightclub singer Shug Avery comes to town, Celie’s awakening – emotional and otherwise – promises to lead her to healing and joy. With a jubilant score of roof-raising gospel, jazz and throaty blues,The Color Purple is the tale of an everywoman triumphing over adversity, and a testament to the power of hope.
Why go? To join a celebration of the spirit — with the best talent in town just a few feet away.
Who Should you bring? Someone who appreciates a powerful story and uplifting music.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Previews: January 16 – 22, 2015
Regular Run: January 23 – February 15, 2015
Based upon the novel written by ALICE WALKER and the Warner Bros./
Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture; Book by MARSHA NORMAN
Music and Lyrics by BRENDA RUSSELL, ALLEE WILLIS and STEPHEN BRAY
Directed and Choreographed by LEWIS WHITLOCK III
Musical Direction by REV. CARL WALKER
First local Twin Cities Production featuring a live orchestra of 20 and some of the finest talent in the Twin Cities!
PARK SQUARE THEATRE. 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul. Box office: 651.291.7005.www.parksquaretheatre.org
I’ll be in the audience next weekend. I hope you’ll find your way there, too! Come back for the review!