Karamu Performing Arts Theatre has begun the staging of Gavin Lawrence’s play “Cut Flowers”. The show will run through November 17, 2013 and will be on stage on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The work is directed by Karamu Artistic Director Terrence Spivey.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.karamuhouse.org or by phone by calling 216-795-7077.
“Cut Flowers” came about from playwright Lawrence’s experience working in a flower shop in the late 80’s. The play takes place in a large white-owned floral business and covers a single day in the life of six black men who work in close quarters. Every day, these men gather for work, unseen by the customers and even the clerks working in the front of the shop. Their job is to prepare fresh flowers for display but cutting them upon arrival otherwise they quickly wilt and die. By cutting the flowers it gives them new life and purposes much like the men who do the cutting. During the course of the play each man reveals personal secrets and inhibitions that as they talk they are able to cut away also helping each of them to deal with an episode of heartbreak or loss that each has suffered.
The play is a capsule of coming to terms with being African American in the new millennium played out by six men and one modern woman and portrayed by veteran actors of the Karamu Stage. The characters include Kyle (Kenny Parker) who is the elder statesman with aspirations to end up somewhere better than the back of a flower shop, Kevin (Dyrell Barnett) a black militant and college graduate who prefers to philosophize in the back room of the flower shop rather than going out into the community, Paul (Greg White) a soft spoken alcoholic, Mark (Anthony Brown) a battered husband who refuses to defend himself from his wife’s attacks, Brian (Michael May) who works the hardest and who’s secrets are considered off limits and Ronnie (Prophet Seay) who is a married man who loves his children but cannot not stop playing the field. Although not seen, there is Rhonda (Tonya Broach) who is the switchboard operator who cares deeply for the men but respects the boundaries.
The show contains adult themes and content.
For theatre tickets visit our website at www.karamuhouse.org or contact us at 216-795-7077