American King Umps: A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery
PassinArt & Damaris Webb present
a reading of a new play by Don Wilson Glenn
American King Umps
A Midsummer Night’s Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery
Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and then attempts to burn the entire plantation. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left both to govern themselves, and define their own identities. King Umps is high comedy from beginning to end, a parody of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots.
Incorporating the playwright’s Great-Great-Grandfather’s stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.
Run time: 2hrs including intermission
Noah Cotter, Ricardy Fabre, Jerry Foster,
Jennifer Lanier, Anya Pearson and Damaris Webb
Come celebrate Juneteenth!
Saturday June 1st, 3pm
Reading held at Redeemer Leaven Church
5431 NE 20th Avenue at Killingsworth
Free to the public