Yale Repertory Theatre | Director: Timothy Douglas
This play, set in the 1990’s, addresses the cultural relationship and ultimate reconciliation between poor urban African Americans and educated & wealthy African Americans. This second group of African Americans has adapted themselves to fit into the ‘white’ world, and this merger formed the basis for the opening of the play, which is a rousing rendition of ‘Hail Hail, the Gang’s All Here.’
This closing piece features another performance of the same song, but instead of being performed by a collegiate choral group, this is performed by a group of neighbors, singing as they paint a house, a gesture of community strength and civil disobedience. This piece started sounding as if it were in the distance, and it gradually moved towards the forefront of our awareness, transitioning directly into the curtain call.