MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS
The world premiere of a new play from Primitive Grace Ensemble, written & directed by Paul Calderon (Obie & Audelco Award winner "Blade to the Heat").
Cast: OBI ABILI
SARAH KATE JACKSON
opening january 16th until feb 9 @ 8PM
The Bridge Theater at Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, NYC
SYNOPSIS: In the ghettos of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Cornbread, an African-American Iraqi War veteran suffering from PTSD, holds hostage a man who he has mistaken for an Arab, threatening to crucify him in retaliation for the horrors he experienced in the war. Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their interracial teenage daughter and son) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when she discloses that Cornbread has several assault rifles and hand guns with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread and Cornbread from himself, he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens his sanity.