From the Harlem Renaissance to the present day, women in one family cut racism’s strings and sing their own song in The Puppeteer by Desireé York. Performed by the Detroit Repertory Theatre Company and directed by Casaundra Freeman, the drama held its world premier Jan. 9 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Performances are on select dates through March 15.
Details from Detroit Repertory:
When Constance, a 1920’s jazz singer, chooses to stand on her own, not only is her name carried on through multiple generations, but so is her determination to find an identity in an ever changing world. Spanning five generations, starting in the Harlem Renaissance and ending in present day, the women from one African-American family struggle to overcome the roles assigned to them by society in order to find their way home.
“I went further than forgiving the clerk, I accepted her as a fellow victim of the same puppeteer.” – Maya Angelou