The Member of the Wedding
August 5 - August 19 | Main Stage
Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs this revival of Carson McCullers‘ beloved play. On the eve of a family wedding in 1945, housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown (Roslyn Ruff) can’t calm the nerves of her 12-year-old charge, Frankie (Tavi Gevinson). Berenice has raised Frankie and her cousin John Henry (Logan Schuyler Smith) as though they are her own children. But as their companion, playfellow, and mother figure, Berenice is suddenly struggling to protect them from the harsh, racially motivated injustices lurking just outside their Southern home. This cherished American work explores the complicated reality of a thoughtful and hard-working woman caught between two worlds.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Program and casting subject to change.
Honey Camden Brown
Berenice Sadie Brown
John Henry West
“The center of a classic play has definitively shifted”
“I realized with new vividness just how eloquent a portrait “Member” is of the deprivations of being black in the segregated South. And how such a society could endow one woman’s loneliness with tragic dimensions.”
A “wondrous” Roslyn Ruff “defines the contours of [Berenice’s] life with a completeness that feels both in-the-moment and heartbreakingly prophetic.”
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
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