The Bridge Theater at Shetler Studios New York City, NY
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Master of the Crossroads
The world premiere of a new play from Primitive Grace Ensemble, written & directed by Paul Calderon (Obie & Audelco Award winner "Blade to the Heat" The Public Theater).
In the ghettos of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Cornbread, an African-American Iraqi War veteran suffering from PTSD, holds hostage a man he has mistaken for an Arab, threatening to crucify him in retaliation for the horrors he experienced in the war. Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their two interracial children) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when he learns that Cornbread has several assault rifles with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread - and Cornbread from himself - he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens everyone's sanity. *** Please note that this production features nudity, racist language and graphic violence in a very intimate setting.
Obi Abili (Jim-Bo) - "Antigone" (BAM); "Emperror Jones" (Irish Rep - Audelco Nominee & Off Broadway Alliance Best Ensemble Winner); Theatre of War
Nixon Cesar (Cornbread) - "Mother Courage" (Public Theater); "Fabulation" (Brave New World); "Love & Marriage in NYC" (Audelco nominee)
Sarah Kate Jackson (Yolanda) - "The Pavilion" (DTF); "A Hard Wall at High Speed" (APAC); "Roots in Water" (Tribeca and Chicago Int'l Film Fest.)
The Bridge Theater at Shetler Studios (View)
244 West 54th Street
New York City, NY 10019