Charles Gorden, M.F.A., associate professor of theatre and director of the theatre program at the University, was recently notified that a professional company in New York City, N.Y., Ripple Effect Artists, will perform his original one-act play, Guarding the Bridge, at the Sargent Theatre. Mr. Gorden was invited to participate in a talk-back with audience members following the performance.
The one-act play, Guarding the Bridge, published by Samuel French, is a recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival John Cauble Short Play Award and has been performed at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C. It is also a co-winner of the 1998 Michael Kanin Award for Best Short Play.
In Guarding the Bridge, a bigoted father, who is steeped in ignorance, and his well-educated son occupy a broken-down bridge in a remote wooded area. The father is actually a manifestation of the son’s memory as he recalls events that occurred on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It becomes increasingly obvious that, despite the younger man’s protests to the contrary, his father’s prejudices are embedded in his subconscious. Structured as an extended monologue with occasional interruptions from the father, this analysis of the evolution of racism dramatizes its inherent roots in fear.
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