James Hampton: age 55, African American WWII veteran of the Pacific theater of war. A government worker in Washington, DC. James has deep religious convictions and questions. A man of dignity who expressed the turmoil of his life in his fantastic work of visionary art.
Isaac: age 50s, African American WWII veteran of the Pacific theater of war. James’ Army buddy and loyal friend. Retired fine men’s clothing salesman (double as Newspaper Reporter)
Essie: age 10, African American girl and neighbor to James (doubled as Young James)
Jewell: age 10, African American girl and cousin to Essie (doubled as Young James’ Brother)
Evie: age 30s, African American woman and mother to Essie (doubled as James’ Mother)
Iris: age 30s, African American woman and mother to Jewell (doubled as James’ Adult Sister)
Preacher Hampton: age 30s, African American man and James’ itinerant preacher father
Meyer Wertlieb age 60s, Caucasian man and James’ landlord. He preserved and protected James’ lifelong work before its move to the Smithsonian.
Amerindian, Carnival and Junkanoo Dancers may be a mix of cast members, figurative puppets, shadow puppets, and projections of historic dance traditions.
Dramatists Guild of America Plays in Progress with Chisa Hutchinson, Reading at Cape Rep Theatre (Massachusetts, USA)
Approximately 90 minutes
Preview available here