Endless entertainment is the least I could say to describe a breathtaking showcase of black theater production, this past weekend in uptown Charlotte. Written and directed by playwright Rory D. Sheriff of Brand New Sheriff (BNS) Productions, Boys To Baghdad stageplay successfully debut at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square on Friday July 15, 2016.
I got a chance to talk with the director about his inspiration for the play, what the audience can expect from the show and how the plot reveres the Black soldiers’ narrative in today’s military arena:
Q: What was your inspiration for the script?
Q: Tell the audience what to expect from the play?
Q: How is the story line relevant to the Black Soldier’s narrative currently?
Not only did the show bring the audience to tears and hilarious laughter, but we were all pleasantly surprised by a visit from the real soldiers whose characters were so elegantly depicted in the show!!
As a veteran combat soldier of Desert Storm, Rory has drawn from real life experiences and influence from Spike Lee, Quentin Taratino and Lee Daniels, to produce this remarkable stageplay. The up and coming writer studied Mass Communications & Business at Temple University and Alvernia College and to date has penned 5 novels, several short films and a music sequel of The Wiz, “Be a Lion” stageplay, which ran successfully from 2014 through 2016 in Charlotte, NC and Reading, PA.
Among the amazing cast are:
- Shar Marlin – as Momma
- Sultan Omar El-Amin – as Huey Shareef
- Darren D.S. Sanders – as Uncle Lenny
- Kerra Don – as Tiffany Peterson
- Jermaine A. Gamble – as Juice/Mark McClain
- Jonathan Caldwell – as Bug/Private Bailey/Medic
- Alex Lee Mauney – as Pete/Dustin Pough
- Rasheed Owens – as Fred/Arah Williams
- Danius Jones – Dez Laury
- Rae Styles – Drill Sergeant Wilson
- Yvette Miller – Telephone Operator/ Mrs. Peterson
- Hafiz Stokes – as Mark Esposito
- Tim Bradley – as Colonel Peterson
- Ericka Cornick – Stage Manager
We must continue to support he arts. It helps us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age (America For The Arts, 2014). Boys to Baghdad embodies this less-than-familiar fact.
I challenge you to go see a play in your local neighborhood (or while touring another city) and follow this amazing playwright to see when he will be showing up in a theater near you!
Until next time,