October 21, 2016 - November 20, 2016
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The world premiere of Gail Parrish's Leavings
presents a story of racial reconciliation that is both moving and inspiring. Co-winner of Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s 2015 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays, Leavings
follows the final days of Mama Bea, a 111 year old African American in Chicago. Mama Bea uses her last strength to unite with Governor Skinner, the white governor of Mississippi, to set to rest the spirits that haunt her family. She and the governor are both descended from a nineteenth century slave owner who left the White half of the family with a heritage of privilege and economic security and the Black half with a history of familial separation, segregation and violence. Only by uniting the White and Black sides in a ritual of reconciliation can the tortured spirits that haunt the family be put to rest. Leavings
brings an important new voice to the public discourse on Black Lives Matter.