Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal to see The Old Settler at the Black Repertory Group Theater in Berkeley. Choose between the following options:
- For $60, you get one Crown Jewel package (a $125 value). The Crown Jewel package includes the following:
- Front-row seating
- Bottomless champagne
- Backstage access up to five minutes before the show begins
- Behind-the-scenes tour of the theater
- Meet-and-greet with director and producers
- Photo opportunities with the cast<p>
Choose from the following performances: * Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. * Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. * Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. * Sunday, March 25, at 5 p.m. * Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m.<p>
- For $15, you get one general-admission ticket for any upcoming performance of the play (a $30 value). General-admission tickets for children 10 and younger, seniors 60 and older, and disabled customers are regularly $15.<p>
The Black Repertory Group Theater carves out a piece of history from the swinging Harlem of the 1940s in their newest production, John Henry Redwood’s The Old Settler. Middle-aged sisters Elizabeth and Quilly share an apartment and a tumultuous past they consider behind them, until the arrival of a handsome young boarder named Husband inflames old wounds and new tensions. As the naïve Southerner searches for his small-town sweetheart, Lou Bessie, and a horse that won’t get spooked on Broadway, he nevertheless begins to feel a tug of attraction toward Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Quilly storms and sneers, the conniving Lou Bessie tries to draw Husband back in, and the heady atmosphere of swing and jazz swirls outside the apartment’s walls, just beyond Elizabeth’s reach.
Established at the height of the civil-rights movement in 1964, the Black Repertory Group Theater now carries on a second-generation tradition of shining a light on African Americans in the performing arts. Artistic and executive director Mona Vaughn Scott follows in the footsteps of her mother, founder Nora Vaughn, who moved to California from Mississippi with babe in arms after three attempted attacks from the Ku Klux Klan. Once there, Nora established the drama club as a church organization, which later expanded into the theater’s 250-seat auditorium in 1987.