Horizon Theatre Company is continuing its 35th Anniversary Season with a production that packs more family drama than your laugh-box will be able to stand! SWEET WATER TASTE, a new comedy from Gloria Bond Clunie, will hit the Little Five Points stage from July 12 – August 18, 2019.
“We are thrilled to continue our summer tradition of strong plays by African American playwrights,” says Co-Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Adler. “This award winning comedy drama brings together two families – one white, one black – with some of Atlanta’s best actors and Horizon favorites. If you’ve loved previous productions from director Thomas W. Jones II (Baklckberry Daze, Da’ Kink In My Hair, How Black Mothers Say I Love You), you won’t want to miss this story of two different branches on one family tree.”
All hell (and a little bit of heaven) breaks loose when Elijah Beckford, a prominent southern black undertaker, approaches his wealthy white cousins, Charlie and Elizabeth Beckford, and demands to be buried in “the family cemetery.” SWEET WATER TASTE is an award-winning comedy making its South-Eastern premiere at Horizon Theatre Company this summer.
SWEET WATER TASTE features an ensemble of seven of Atlanta’s favorite actors lead by LaParee Young (Horizon’s How To Use A Knife) and Chris Kayser (Alliance Theatre’s Ever After). Opposite them will be Jen Harper (Horizon’s Uprising) and Lala Cochran (Horizon’s Waffle Palace Christmas) as their wives respectively. Rounding out the cast is Enoch King (True Color’s Skeleton Crew), Justin Walker (Theatre Buford’s A Streetcar Named Desire), and Brittani Minnieweather (Horizon’s Disney’s Freaky Friday). Artistic Associate Thomas W. Jones II leads a Suzi Award Winning creative team that includes scenic design from Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, lighting design from Mary Parker, and costume design from Dr. L. Nyrobi Moss.
ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR SWEET WATER TASTE:
“W. E. B. Dubois declared that the most difficult question of the twentieth century is the color line! Even as we slip into the twenty-first century, this question still begs to be addressed. Though integration in some arenas is evident, the vestiges of racism still lurk under the trappings of a legally desegregated society,” says playwright Gloria Bond Clunie. “In this ‘Post- Obama Era,’ why are some outraged when NFL players drop a knee with Kaepernick? Are there times when integration is inappropriate? Should all doors swing wide? Should some remain closed? What are the unspoken thoughts when two African-American sisters compete for Wimbledon? Are we truly brothers and sisters under the skin?”
“As we become a more homogenous, yet diverse society, these are subtle issues we must continue to reexamine as new generations view icons like Dubois and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as historical figures instead of living leaders. When addressing such serious issues, perhaps if we open our mouths to laugh, we might open our hearts to a wider understanding of humanity and hopefully discover unique solutions to the challenges we face in our future.”