The latest work of award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau is inspired by the people and places of West Chester, writes Natalie Smith for the Chester County Press.
Morisseau was a part of a community initiative by People’s Light & Theatre Company called New Play Frontiers. The program has playwrights living in the counties surrounding People’s Light in Malvern, learning and writing about stories of deep meaning to local populations.
The program took Morisseau to a section of West Chester that, historically, has been home to many African-Americans. To prepare her work, she spent a lot of time at the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center and did research at the Chester County Historical Society.
The resulting work, Mud Row, is a drama that examines the lives of women living in different eras.
“It’s essentially the story of two sisters who have different relationships to their grandmother’s home – two sisters are in the present and two sisters are in the past,” said Morisseau.
The play is being directed by Steve H. Broadnax III and will be staged from June 26 to July 28 at People’s Light.
Read more about the play in the Chester County Press here.