Karen L. Logue says she is "moved at each and every rehearsal" for "Martin Said So," which she is directing for Heritage Festival XI on behalf of West T. Hill Community Theatre.
"I was attending high school outside of Philadelphia in the mid-1960s. This play brought back a part of my life I was trying to bury," she explains. "It has forced me to re-evaluate the effect that the Civil Rights Movement had and still has on my life. I hope it will do the same to our audiences and be an effective tool as we celebrate the XI Heritage Festival."
Written by Wanda Schell and Kenny Bento, the play tells the story of four generations of an American family of African descent. The action is seen through the eyes of "Nanny," a grandmother raising her great-granddaughter in present time.
"The granddaughter is unwillingly reminded of how their family was affected by the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and '60s," says Logue. "There is a great deal of actual data woven through the sometimes very dramatic dialogue. The play attempts to show the vast differences of the philosophies of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. This is dramatized as Nanny takes the audience back into the troubled times during the life of her son and grandsons.