SEVEN GUITARS – FEBRUARY 7-23, 2020 The sixth in the author’s decade-by-decade exploration of the black experience in America, two of which have won Pulitzer Prizes, Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy, and part mystery. In the backyard of a Pittsburgh tenement in 1948, friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd’s sudden and unnatural death.
Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A., Daddy’s Dyin’ concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. Without becoming ponderous, losing a sense of humor or pandering to timeworn cliches about Texans or Texas drawls, the story shares many elements of a good summer novel: it’s a fast, delicious, easy read with funny moments, tense moments, touching moments, and characters you care about.
The incredibly popular comic-book genre comes to life with this hilarious action-packed superhero saga! Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz wants nothing more than to become a comic book artist and it seems that day will never come. When a shipment of magical pens unwittingly unleash the dreaded Doctor Shock Clock, a super-villain who can stop time with the snap of his fingers a hero is needed to save the day. Will it be the egotistical Star Guy and his “Charisma Ray” or Triple Time with his super fast speed, environmentally correct, or Blossom with her magical sleeping potion flowers? or the slightly grouchy but goodhearted, Wombat Woman? Or could that hero be someone else?
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF – JUNE 5-21, 2020 An exploration of relationships among members of Big Daddy’s family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat”, Brick’s wife. It is the story of a Southern family in crisis. The family gathers to celebrate the sixty-fifth birthday of its patriarch, Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another caught in web of lies and deceit.