Lorraine Hansberry’s final work, completed just before her death in 1965, Les Blancs, depicts the waning days of colonialism. Set in a time frame crossing into the 20th century, it reveals the impossible moral choices faced by individuals who must reconcile personal happiness with idealism. It is rich with music and dance and set in and around a mission compound in Africa.
The production’s director, Gregg T. Daniel, says,“When Lorraine Hansberry wrote this piece she set the story in Africa but it deeply resonates with the civil rights movement in the United States, including gender equality. It’s astonishingly current in terms of equality issues, and brilliantly relevant.”
Photo: Shari Gardner, Desean Kevin Terry, Jelani Blunt in Les Blancs.
Photo credit: John Perrin Flynn
Les Blancs | Rogue Machine | opens May 27