It’s 1968, the year Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated. The year of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Darrell and Carolyn were high school sweethearts. Darrell was drafted, fought in Vietnam and loses his identity. At home, Carolyn finds her voice, her womanhood, and her desire.
This is a 30-minute one act. I usually do two 10-15 minute plays, but this one demanded more attention and a third character.
What makes Parlor Plays unique? Seola Lee, a Baltimore-based poet :
"The style of parlor plays deviates from the typical theatre experience, which usually consists of strictly divided spaces between the actors and the audience. This environment heightens the level of involvement and intimacy within the theatre. This interaction completely tears away the generally assumed barrier between the theatrical world and the exterior one. When Davis includes us in his “wouldn’t be possible without you” list, he does mean a lot more than that. The theatre he creates with the audience flows as an ongoing and organic process, beyond a one-time show, for a better story and for a better performance.
Artwork by Samantha Buker.