1974 Broadway Revival MY SISTER, MY SISTER Set For 124 Bank Street Theatre
This winter the 1974 Broadway revival set in the 1950's "My Sister, My Sister" written by Ray Aranha. The play will take place at 124 Bank Street Theater in the West Village. Public performances are Friday, January 4th at 7pm, Saturday, January 5th at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, January 6th at 4pm. An industry exclusive performance will be held Monday January 7th. Tickets for public performances are $10 and can be purchased at mysister.brownpapertickets.com. For more updates on Andre visit his website: www.andreozim.com
The play will be Directed by well renowned Obie Award Winning Actor Arthur W, French Jr., starring Malinda Logan as Sue Belle, Andre Ozim as Eddie Sue Belle's 21yr old romantic partner, Dionne Michelle Robinson as Evalina Sue Belle's older Sister, Martine Fleurisma playing Sue Belle's Mother and Sean C Turner as Sue Belle's Dad, Alyssa Faye Smith, Monica Soyemi, Ryan Washington, and Stephan Schmidt..
Revived from a strong 1974 Broadway run, My Sister, My Sister delves into the life and mind of an African-American girl growing up in a poor and volatile household in the 1950s. She must cope with an over-religious but loving mother, an alcoholic but well-meaning father, and a promiscuous but overlooked older sister. Her only refuge is her lover, but is that enough to overcome her demons?
Transcending on the Off-Off Broadway stage is a play of quality that audiences can relate to, learn from, and be challenged by. Dealing with complex issues of mental illness, religious conviction, and racial identity, My Sister, My Sister provides an outlet for a human experience, as shown through the African-American lens. Directly tied with situations that are prevalent today, this revival gives audiences a look into how people can react to many wounds that were never healed – in and out of the black community.
“A brilliant play from a brilliant mind, I’m thrilled to be reconnected with My Sister, My Sister after 40 years. Our cast captures a powerful story where audiences will want to question their own basic needs of survival – on both a spiritual and human level,” states director Arthur W. French Jr.
My Sister, My Sister is the early life cycle of a girl growing up (Sue Belle) with her sister and her mother in a lower class black neighborhood, with scenes switching back and forth in time to show her both as she is now and as she was when a little girl. Her mother was an evangelist, and her father a very likeable but contentious alcoholic. Her sister became a whore early in life. One night after the father has left the family, mother plans a pilgrimage to another town; and so this is the night that sister decides to bring home a white man and initiate the younger girl in the rites of sex. Sensing trouble, however, mother returns unexpectedly and discovers all. Ever since that night, sister has disappeared, and the girl has gone searching for her everywhere, ending up a prostitute herself. Her one remaining hope is her lover (Eddie), who has made her pregnant.
"Complex but moving, well written, compassionate Black play." N.Y. Times.