The Baker Theater Workshop Presents: 1954–The Kings Go South
Join Hugo House in welcoming back SOAP and The Baker Theatre Workshop as they present 1954—The Kings Go South.
ABOUT THE PLAY
The year is 1954. Should young Martin King and Coretta Scott, recently married, leave the academic world and relative peace of Boston for small-town Alabama – not far from where Coretta grew up and faced the brutalities of the deep South?
Martin has an offer to become the senior pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, in Montgomery. But he can also go to Detroit or Philadelphia, where he can take the number-two role in a much larger church. Coretta has sworn she would never go back to Alabama. Meanwhile, Coretta has a good friend and fellow student at the New England Conservatory, a brilliant vocal performer who will no longer sing because of news reaching her from Europe about her family's tragic losses in the Holocaust.
After ten years of walking across Europe, her uncle emerges, alive, in her family’s modest apartment, and the dam comes loose. A dramatic turn leads to a stunning musical moment as 1954 ends, and the work of Martin and Coretta in Alabama begins.
ABOUT SEATTLE ONE-ACT PLAY PROJECT & THE BAKER THEATRE WORKSHOP
The mission of the Seattle One-Act Play Project (SOAP) and Baker Theatre Workshop is to support the creation and performance of new works of theatre in Seattle, with a special concern for involving low-income high-school students.
We aspire to identify and nurture new works of theatre in their early phases, and we perform with the goal of showing what’s possible and not what has been polished.
Savannah Kinzer, activist and actor, is proud to take part in her third Baker Theater Workshop. After a hiatus from the stage, she is thrilled to be back studying acting at Freehold theater and actively pursuing stage/film opportunities in Seattle.
Peter Temes is a writer, teacher and business advisor living in Seattle. He has taught writing, literature, and ethics at Harvard and Columbia Universities, and is an advisor to the University of Alabama. He lives in Seattle with his family.
Twenty-one year old Somtochukwu is a theatre educator and performer from Nigeria and Florida. She's excited to share this production with you as it is her debut performance in the Puget Sound area.
DuWayne Andrews, Jr.
DuWayne Andrews Jr., a Seattle native, joins the cast of THE KINGS GO SOUTH as Martin Luther King Jr., following extensive work on stage and as a chorus leader – including in the Seattle Opera’s The Elixir of Love, and roles as Neil Armstrong (Moon Landing 'United States premiere'-The Museum of Flight), Pontius Pilate (Jesus Christ Superstar-Tacoma Little Theatre), Bert Healy (Annie-Seattle Musical Theatre), and Eddie Souther (Sister Act-Tacoma Musical Playhouse). He will be next seen in the chorus for Seattle Opera's La Traviata in May. DuWayne would like to thank God and his family for their never-ending support.
Melissa Takai is an actor and artist based in Seattle. During the day, she works as a visual designer and by night, she studies acting at Freehold Theatre. Melissa is thrilled to be part of THE KINGS GO SOUTH cast!