Voted “Festival Favorite” full length play at the DC Black Theater & Arts Festival
How do we handle the tears that reach our soul? Meaningful, gripping and heartrending, Tears of the Soul is a powerful stage drama that transports audiences back to 1968, known as the year that shattered America. The nation was at the height of the highly protested Vietnam war, black empowerment was on the rise with black militant groups struggling to understand their power. Racism and violence were rampant in the growing urban ghettos and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the prominent leader of the Civil Rights movement and non-violent protests met his violent demise on a Memphis balcony. The Barnes family was touched by it all and life was extremely challenging, outside and inside of the home. Fred Barnes, employed as a city sanitation worker, was on strike to protest the unbelievably poor working conditions and he wrestles with the threat to his manhood. His dutiful wife Vivian struggles to keep it all together as she deals with her son missing in Vietnam and other divisive family issues. Determined to keep her family together, mounting situations shake her to her core. Meet this family and community as they encounter one of the worse days ever as tragedy collides with ideologies and each family member is forced to reevaluate their perspectives.
Playwright Angela Wilson’s ability to weave together a nostalgically poignant play about a family living through the turbulent unrest in 1968 is skillful and passionate.