Upon returnng home from the comfort of his school, Hally, the son of a belligerent and bigoted father, finds Sam and Willie, black waiters in his mother’s restaurant, preparing for an upcoming dance competition. Talk of the past, of escaping through makeshift kites and dreaming of a world bearing no distinction of black and white, quickly gives way to a heated argument and hateful words that, once spoken, break the fabric of their relationship irreparably. With the impending threat of Hally’s father’s return, Hally crumbles beneath the pressures of a discriminatory society and unleashes upon his friends all the hate and pain that have been building up inside him, treating Sam and Willie ‒ for the first time
‒ as subservient. In a world that thrives on the “principle of perpetual disappointment” and despises the progress of social reform, Hally, Sam, and Willie will fight against the strain of their overbearing society and attempt to stay afloat in the prejudiced world
that threatens to drown them.
The cast is brought to life by veteran actors Shawn Hamilton (Wharton Center’s Garden of Joy, Guthrie Theatre, Yale Repertory and Dallas Theatre Center ), Gavin Lawrence (the Goodman Theatre, the Steppenwolf Theatre, Off - Broadway), and, playing Hally with an essential burning intensity, is Michigan’s own Justin Dietzel. Following the Friday performance will be a 30 ‒
minute Q&A; a 1 ‒ hour After Chat will immediately follow the Saturday performance. “
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