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The African American community has lost confidence in the societal institutions’ ability to render colorblind justice. At the center of this crisis are African Americans in law enforcement. Award-winning playwright, Jeanette Hill has tackled this delicate yet explosive topic in the play ‘Don’t Call Me Brother’.
Andrew Merritt’s recent promotion to Assistant Police Chief of the Community Liaison Office, carries the responsibility of restoring trust between the police department and his old neighborhood a priority. The fragile balance between his life, career and family is broken when an unarmed African American youth is killed by a white police officer under questionable circumstances. All eyes are on him. The community is asking is he Black enough? The police department is asking is he Blue enough? He is asking himself if this promotion was a step up or…a set up?
Three women. Three generations. Three hearts…all broken. Lucy continues to have hope for reconciliation of her forty-year marriage, even with her divorce papers in her hands. Normally in control, career-driven Alexis can’t stop the tailspin she’s in as she juggles career, commitment, and temporary motherhood. Young mother, Macie is fighting through her grief for justice for herself and her children over the police-related death of her husband. These women form an unlikely bond as they struggle to bring some semblance of normalcy to their shattered lives. A bond that goes beyond traditional ideas of family, relationships and generational lines.
Sharon Moore has the respect of her family, church, co-workers and community. She’s spent her life sacrificing for others. Caring for her mother and now after her death, her ailing father all the while working tirelessly in her church and community. In contrast to her wild often absent younger sister, Lisa who has decided to come home. In the midst of trying to maintain a serene home for her father she is accused of having an adulterous affair with the husband of her best friend…by the husband. Shunned and hurt by the very people who’ve held her in high esteem she leaves the church. Can she recover and come out fighting to regain her dignity and respect?
The sudden death of the revered Lloyd Butler hasn’t brought about the sadness and despair that one would have imagined. After years of his emotional and physical abuse, his family can finally breathe. But how will they maneuver out of the labyrinth of the hurt and pain. No longer bridled by his tyranny, each family member must confront the demons and devastation of their past to find his or her own future by Dealing with Daddy’s Devils.
Elise, Tia, Dianne, Rosalind and Marissa are very different women, and not just in terms of age, culture, and ethnicity. However, a tragedy in their community bring the women together. As they pool their resources to help the grieving family, they flashback on the journey their own relationship has taken, becoming aware of the warnings signs in their own relationships. The tragedy did have a silver lining, it brought an awareness and new perspectives as each woman finds the strength and determination to see her value.
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