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Bourbon at the Border

by Pearl Cleage

OPENING RUN: The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201

June 1, 2018 – 8PM

June 2, 2018 – 8PM

Play Synopsis:

When May and Charlie joined hundreds of other Americans who went to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. As students at Howard University, their campus activism had been met with calls to their parents and threats of expulsion. The stakes in Mississippi were a lot higher. White supremacists, outraged at the challenge to their segregated way of life, responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many wounded. Years later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago “Freedom Summer.” Unable to confide even in her best friend, Rosa, about the demons that haunt her dreams and twist Charlie’s love for her into something she can no longer recognize, May is convinced that if she can just get Charlie to leave Detroit and cross the bridge to Canada, they can start a new life. But when Rosa’s friend Tyrone gets Charlie a job as a truck driver, the madness of that summer bubbles over until it threatens all of their very lives. BOURBON AT THE BORDER takes a look at the lives of two ordinary people who gave everything they had to the African–American freedom struggle but who have now been largely forgotten. In telling May and Charlie’s story, BOURBON AT THE BORDER puts a human face on the unknown soldiers of the civil rights movement by refusing to romanticize them even as it honors their specific sacrifices and the price they paid.
“A tingling story of the ghosts of a Mississippi summer…Once again, as in Cleage’s Flyin’ West and Blues for an Alabama Sky, the characters ring marvelously true. They are, by turns, funny and earthy and tingling with poetic metaphor…surprisingly heartbreaking…” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Written by: Katori Hall

October 2-4, 2015


Directed by: Thelron Pleas
The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201


In Hoodoo Love, Toulou, a young Black woman has fled the cotton fields with dreams of becoming a renowned blues singer on the famous Beale Street. She quickly falls hard for a blues man, the harmonica-playing, guitar-strumming, itinerant musician, Ace Of Spades who comes and goes without remorse or guilt, openly admitting to having lovers in every town where he plays. In Toulou, he finds a comfort of sorts and a bit of musical inspiration.

Wanting to know what it feels like to have a man stick around for her for once in her life, Toulou seeks the aid of her next-door neighbor, Candylady, who is adept at hoodoo (i.e. voodoo). Toulou literally wants to cast a spell on her man to bind him to her so that she can have a piece of Ace forever. – For mature audiences only! 18 and older| 21 and older in some cases!

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Written by: Robert Harling

March 4-6, 2016


Directed by: Thelron Pleas
The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201


Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

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Blues for an Alabama Sky 

Written by:  Pearl Cleage

June 3 – 5, 2016 

Artistic Director: Thelron Pleas
The Historic Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Blvd. Macon, GA 31201


Angel Allen is a down-and-out back-up singer and the recent ex-girlfriend of an Italian-American gangster. She has lost her job at the Cotton Club and is drowning her bad luck in booze. Once again, she must depend upon her roommate, Guy Jacobs, for support. Guy is a brilliant, flamboyant, homosexual costume designer (also fired from the Cotton Club) who dreams of sailing off to Paris to design clothes for the internationally renown black, singer/actress, Josephine Baker. Across the hall lives Delia Patterson, a dedicated young social worker, who is being courted by Sam Thomas, a mature general practitioner, who embraces Harlem’s night life in order to forget his unending work days and the grinding poverty of his patients.

Both are supportive of the new birth control movement started by Margaret Sanger and are instrumental in advocating a clinic for Harlem. Into the mix comes Leland Cunningham, a naïve young man who has just moved to notorious Harlem from a small town in Alabama following the death of his wife and unborn child. He is a hard-working, Godfearing Christian who is appalled at the libertarian life-styles he finds in Harlem, that is, until he meets and is smitten with Angel. Filled with humor, love, hope, fear and survival, the play deals with personal and social issues. Though the play takes place in 1930s Harlem, there is a sense of the 1990s in the conflicts taking place. Cleage’s five characters include winners, losers and users who all have their dreams in the difficult time called The Great Depression.