The Entertainment Consortium’s African American Conservatory commences its Vintage Black Theater Festival with a production of Samm-Art Williams’ Home. Home presents vignettes from the life of Cephus Miles as he moves from his home in rural North Carolina to New York City and back home again. As he experiences the unique ups and downs of country life, the joys and vulnerabilities of romantic love, the conflict between his religious beliefs and nationalism, and the fast-paced but disheartening anonymity of city life, Cephus eventually comes to see “home” as an affirming symbol of roots, community, and identity.

Jonathan Berry, highly regarded locally for his portrayal of August Wilson’s troubled protagonists [Seven Guitars, etc] among other roles [Emmett Till, East Texas Hotlinks, etc], assumes the role of Cephus Miles. The two ladies, who portray various characters throughout Cephus’s life, are undertaken by veteran actress Tracey D. Turner — whose long and varied career has encompassed leading roles in works by Shakespeare, Lynn Nottage [etc…] — and Sylvia Hatchin — whose return to the stage after a hiatus will mark her second time performing in this work. The cast of three is directed by award-winning director, David Minniefield, who brings his characteristic attention to fine detail and talent for conceptual originality to this play for the very first time in his multi-faceted 35 year career.

 Performances will be held at Community Forge, 1256 Franklin Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. Tickets are $10 and seating is General Admission. Performance dates and times are as follows: August 10th—7pm; August 11th—3pm & 7pm; August 17th & 18th — 7pm.