'Seven Guitars'

Date: Monday, October 07, 2013
Time: 07:30 PM
Location: Marian Gallaway Theatre Rowand-Johnson Hall

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Seven Guitars is a 1995 play by American playwright, August Wilson. It focuses on seven African-American characters in the year 1948. The play begins and ends after the funeral of one of the main characters, showing events leading to the funeral in flashbacks. Just released from jail, Blues singer Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton is asked to sign a record deal after a song he recorded months before becomes an unexpected hit.  After a year of trials and tribulations, Floyd is ready to right the past year's wrongs and return to Chicago with a new understanding of what's important in his life. Unfortunately his means of righting wrongs are inherently flawed. The play's recurring theme is the African-American male's fight for his own humanity, self-understanding and self-acceptance in the face of personal and societal ills. The rooster is a recurring symbol of black manhood throughout the play, and provides a violent and shocking foreshadowing effect when Hedley delivers a fiery monologue and ritualistically slaughters one in front of the other characters.

Monday-Friday showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Sunday's showtime is 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (205) 348-3400 or visiting www.ua.tix.com.

This event is part of "Through the Doors," a year-long series of activities and events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of UA in 1963 and honoring the courage and dedication of the two African American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963 as well as the University's ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and to continued progress in the future. For more information, visit www.throughthedoors.ua.edu.

Contact Info: Bill Teague,

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