Original Play Captures Youth of African American Girl

February 1, 2007

All Grown Up, an original play, will be presented by Kuumba Players, Mary Baldwin University’s African American theatre troupe, February 10-11 as part of a month-long series of events in honor of Black History Month.

Joanne Harris, director of African American and Multicultural Affairs, which celebrates its 10th successful year in 2007, authored the play. The director and cast are Mary Baldwin University students who will bring her vision to life.

Harris describesAll Grown Upas capturing the youth of an African American girl who has a special relationship with her father. The subsequent monologues address the different possibilities of her adulthood and its milestones, successes, as well as overcoming intolerance. Imani, Tisha, Matia, and Nilah ’ the physical representations of her adult scenarios ’ are all connected by culture, tradition, and spirituality.All Grown Upreminds young women of color that not only is their womanhood based on their own personal experiences, but a history that we hold sacred as African American women.

This play is not suitable for young children.

The performance will be at 5 p.m. on February 10 and at 3 p.m. on February 11 in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. Handicapped parking is available on campus; general parking is located on Frederick Street. Tickets are $3 for Mary Baldwin University faculty, staff, and students, and $5 for guests and the local community. For more information, call (540) 887-7131