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DURHAM FAMILY THEATRE PRESENTS
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” From the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honor Book novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, adapted for the stage by Reginald André Jackson
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“The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963” was chosen to kick-off Durham Family Theatre’s fifth season because it is an exceptionally well-written portrayal of family strength and love. In keeping with our tradition of producing plays developed from outstanding American literature, the story lifts up both the worst and the best in human nature, exemplifying the power of family love to transcend violence with compassion and humor.
“Hilarious and Heartwarming!” The New York Times
Durham Family Theatre’s 5th season opening production is NOT TO BE MISSED!
MEET TWO MEMBERS OF THE
EXTRAORDINARY (and WEIRD) WATSON FAMILY
Micah Hall (Kenny Watson) is an 11-year-old, 7th grade Durham homeschool student who has trained with Durham Family Theatre since 2011. Micah is a remarkably enthusiastic and disciplined learner (Micah memorized all of his lines over the summer in order to earn the central role of Kenny, through whose eyes the Watson’s story is told) In addition to being a dedicated and extremely talented young actor, Micah excels in his studies of science and math and plans to build a career on these skills and interests. No matter what he does in life, Micah plans to keep acting in his future. He enjoys the opportunity to play different roles and become something or someone out of his normal character.
Dominique Akpotanor (Bryan Watson), Durham Family Theatre’s Devonté Squire Apprentice 2014. Dominique is 19-year-old junior in the Department of Theatre and Dance at North Carolina Central University. Dominique began training in theatre during middle school and was immediately captivated by the chance to convey emotions so that people can glimpse, and identify with, another person’s pain or happiness. At the age of 14, Dominique was chosen to perform in an Off-Broadway production of “A Perfect Murder.” Despite the considerable challenges of a career in theatre, Dominique says he would honestly perform for free, because, “Theatre is not only a form of entertainment, it allows people to witness human strengths and weaknesses in ways they can relate to.”  The DSA is an annual paid acting position that DFT created to help bridge the financial resources gap faced by African American theatre students working toward acting careers. The DSA is selected through an application/audition process in partnership with NCCU Dept. of Theatre & Dance. The DSA 2014 is made possible through a grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation – SUPPORT THE DSA in 2015 by making a DONATION to DFT Today!
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