Posting Date: October 12, 2010
Margaret Baldwin's "Night Blooms" Premieres at Horizon Theatre
Production is directed by and stars KSU theatre faculty
By Brian Tucker
Harrison Long (right) plays a key role in the play.
Photo courtesy of Horizon Theatre
"Night Blooms," a play by Margaret Baldwin, Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, had its New South Play Festival world premiere at the Horizon Theatre in Atlanta on Sept. 24. The production continues through Oct. 24.
Featuring dynamic composite characters based on Baldwin's family and family friends living in Selma, Ala. during the Civil Rights movement, the play examines a family in the midst of turmoil on the day of one of the most momentous marches of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign in March of 1965.
Concerning her intentions when writing the play, Baldwin explains, "When you're in the moment of change, it's pretty complex. My uncle was the first doctor in Selma to integrate his waiting room, and that was a pretty big deal. These were real people trying to deal with these issues in that time. As soon as those historical moments are gone, we tend to forget about them. I wanted to write a family play about how a family deals with change, living in a very specific moment in time where the historical and social forces are so strong that change will be forced."
The play is directed by Associate Professor Karen Robinson and features Associate Professor Harrison Long, in a pivotal role. Long was involved with his character's development from the play's inception and is quick to applaud his colleagues, sharing, "Working with Margaret and Karen has been one of the most collaborative experiences I have had over the course of my career. It's rare when an actor gets to have this kind of influence on the development of the role. The two of them are magnificent!" Baldwin also credits the synergy of her peers: "Working here in this community on the ongoing development of the play, especially in workshops at the Horizon Theatre, has been very rewarding."
Baldwin is a native of Atlanta and is pleased to have her play premiered in her hometown. "It feels great—it's very gratifying to have people come see the show whom I've known my whole life. There were people in the audience on opening night, including my grandmother's housekeeper, whose experiences became a large part of the dialogue, so to get their stamp of approval on the play was important to me."