Champaign, Ill - Twin City is a non-profit theatre company seeking to expand opportunities for actors and audiences focusing on underrepresented voices and cultures.
Shotgun is new dramatic play about two families - one African American and one Caucasian - living in the same Shotgun apartment duplex four months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees failed.
It plays June 8-18 at SoDo Theatre in Champaign Illinois, 114 South Neil Street. An African American woman played by Lynette Hodges, owns a shotgun duplex apartment which has survived the hurricane and flood. Living with her is her father, played by Prince Robertson, who has lost his home in the lower Ninth Ward when the levees collapsed during and after Katrina. An ex-boyfriend, played by Chris Hodges, has concerns for both of them when a white man played by Monty Joyce and his teenaged son, played by Dylan Tiger, who have also lost their house to the flood, rent the other half of the shotgun duplex. Even living under one roof, the two families find a wall still runs between them. But like the city's levees, can it, too, be breached?
Reviewers rave:"It's the narrow focus of this new play that shakes you…Human drama doesn't have to look huge to be heartbreaking." —Orlando Sentinel. "A moving exploration of a ravaged New Orleans." —Sarasota Herald-Tribune. "In SHOTGUN…John Biguenet exposes with power and grace the wounds that remain and examines how they might best be healed." —The New Orleans Times-Picayune. "SHOTGUN…deals with race but is ultimately about people. And it's fascinating." —Gambit Weekly. "…a serious play about serious subjects, and yet it is filled with the rich dark humor that got New Orleanians through those days after the storm." —NOLA.com.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 students (with ID) and seniors (over 65). Tickets may be purchased online at www.twincitysquared.com or at the door.
Twin City Squared will be presenting Billy Elliot, the Musical August 25-September 3. Auditions for youths - boys and girls - aged 10-15 are this Saturday, June 10 at SoDo Theatre from 9-Noon. Adult auditions follow until 3 p.m.
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