Melinda Morais cranks up the volume involving a play about young, Black girls ending up in arranged marriages to older men, a once-common practice through the mid-1900s, which is still continuing in America today.
Morais, corresponding secretary of the African American Cultural Society, brings performances to the stage in her own right, as well as for the African American Cultural Society. She’s provided production assistance for “The Resurrection of Alice” in a special presentation for Juneteenth at the African American Cultural Society.
“Palm Coast welcomes New York City author/playwright/actor Perri Gaffney to perform her tour de force, one-woman play, “The Resurrection of Alice,” on June 16, 6 p.m., to close the AACS Juneteenth festivities.
“Inspired by a true story, this 2014 Helen Hayes Award-nominated play was adapted from Ms. Gaffney’s debut novel of the same title. It spans 30 of the most tumultuous years in American history (1939-1969), and explores the little-known African-American tradition of arranged marriages prevalent from the 1950s and before, and which continue today.
“In 1948, 15-year-old Alice eagerly looks forward to attending college on the full scholarship she’s been awarded. Her hopes and plans are instead devastated when she is forced to honor her parents’ secret marriage arrangements for her to a lonesome, grandfatherly, family benefactor, who had been eyeing her since she was seven years old.
“Gaffney portrays a multitude of characters – Rev. Pritchard, Isaac, Miss Johnson, Mrs. Petty, Mr. Tucker, Alice, and 21 others, who play, fight, love, and live together. Alice, overcoming 20 years of trials and struggles, is a tribute to the power of nurturing and healing that can cause a broken spirit to be reborn.”
Gaffney has gained acclaim from Kelly McCorkendale in her District of Columbia review, and from dueling critics Kelly Kleinman and Jonathan Abarbanel in a Chicago review.
Ticket prices are $5 for students; $10, AACS members, and $12, non-members. Copies of the book can be purchased at the play. The African American Cultural Society is located at 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
For contact information, call 386-446-2270.
‘Maximizing Manhood’ seminar at First Church
Join the Men’s Ministry of First Church for the Pre-Father’s Day Breakfast & Seminar, featuring the Rev. G. Vincent Lewis, pastor of Social Justice at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga.
The seminar titled “Maximizing Manhood” will be held June 14, 9 a.m., at First Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
The donation is $15 for males ages 12 and older.
First Church can be reached at 386-446-5759, and is pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover.
Churchwomen plan Leisure/Spa Day
Join the Women’s Ministry of First Church for a Leisure/Spa Day, one of the activities honoring Women’s Day, and to be held June 21, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the church.
Enjoy light exercise with personal trainer Artie G, in addition to a cosmetics demo/sales, health information, and a boutique provided by Chez Jacqueline of Palm Coast. Moreover, enjoy a tea and a trivia contest surrounding the women of the Bible.
The donation is $5 to enjoy the Leisure/Spa Day.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: my niece, Kelli Coaxum, June 12; Ray C. Henderson, June 14; my dad, Rufus S. Coaxum, the Rev. Pat Coley Ford, June 15; Danielle Delaney, and Lamar Wilkerson, June 16.