KCET’s production of Philip Hayes Dean’s critically-acclaimed play, first presented by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1971, examines the volatile relationship between a mother and daughter torn by generational change amidst the backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement.
Directed by pioneer Ivan Dixon (The Spook Who Sat by the Door), the incisive character drama stars Emmy, Obie and Tony Award-winner Mary Alice (Fences) as a lonely woman trapped between the desire for a free, modern life and the traditionalist force of her religious, domineering mother (Maidie Norman).
When a blind, itinerant street singer (Richard Ward) enters their fragile world, the tensions of the past and present converge to shattering results. Dixon artfully brings the claustrophobic teleplay to a forceful boil, with Mary Alice delivering a harrowing performance of depth rarely seen in prime-time television.
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