It was a momentous event. An epic performance by one of the world’s and America’s great artists, Carrie Mae. From the outset, it was evident that Carrie Mae was well aware of her place in space. Yes, hers is a graceful story aimed at occupying space in history. As expected, Carrie Mae did not disappoint.
The name of the play was significant: ‘Past Tense.’ Intriguing. Captivating. Tantalizing. The venue of performance was equally significant: the Grace Farm Foundation. The two great causes have plenty in common; Service to humanity and humanism. The fight against violence, human rights abuses, injustice, inequalities, inhuman systems. Present to welcome the renowned theatre queen was Sharon Prince herself, the Founding President of the Grace Foundation.
It promised to be a great event. It came to pass as one. The storyline was disarmingly simple; a protest against racism, division, injustice; all mirrored in the unflattering American tradition. Much of this, evidently, was visited on the innocent young Americans of the Black race. As usual, throughout the performance, was Carrie Mae’s voice; powerful, elegant, compelling, and unapologetic. Around her was a talented cast, a star-studded constellation of actors who were in no mood to disappoint. They beautifully complemented Carrie Mae’s talent, resulting in an unforgettable, epic experience.
The tools of the trade for actors were simple: words, texts, and images. Carrie Mae played the role of the famed Greek hero Antigone. In the end, the thrilling classical had the power to transport the audience back to humanity’s bloody violent past and fast-forward to the present, a precipice of virtual human extinction. At the end of the riveting play, Carrie Mae, in typical fashion, dares to leave space for hope, amidst the blood, pain, and callousness that are the hallmarks of human history.
Sharon Prince, the veteran President and Founder of the Grace Farm Foundation, received Carrie Mae and spoke glowingly of her role, goals, and performance. She reiterated that both entities shared similar ideals. The foundation, established in 2009, seeks to enhance lives by impacting on nature, justice, faith, and community. Through this Foundation, Ms. Prince has fought child exploitation, violence against women, and human trafficking.
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