Rapid Lemon Productions presents the world premiere of Aladrian C. Wetzel’s adaptation of Rachel by Angelina Weld Grimké on Friday, September 10th
Journalist, poet, and playwright Grimké was one of the forebears of the Harlem Renaissance. She wrote Rachel as a defiant reply to the release of DW Griffith’s film Birth of a Nation. Originally titled Blessed are the Barren, the play centers on a Black woman who rejects marriage and motherhood. It was first produced in Washington, DC by the NAACP in 1916, and published in 1920. The following year, Rachel was the first play to be performed in New York City to an integrated audience. Rachel is a scalding view of racism, personal loss, and the high price of truth.
Baltimore playwright Aladrian C. Wetzel’s adaptation resets the action in 21st century Baltimore. This is her second commissioned play for Rapid Lemon Productions, after 2019’s acclaimed Thank You, Dad. It is the second of three productions in the company’s 2021 season – its first as the resident theater company at Motor House. Tracie M. Jiggetts directs.
All performances will be live, and available both online and in person at Motor House, 120 W. North Avenue Baltimore. In-person attendance will follow strict COVID safety protocols in accordance with City of Baltimore guidelines.
Performances: 8:00pm September 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 24 and 25; 5:00pm September 12, 19, and 26. Tickets $24. Discounted “Industry Night” tickets $15 for the performance on Thursday, September 16. Established in 2012, Rapid Lemon Productions is a not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to develop and present new work that promotes representation of and participation by the community it serves. Information: www.rapidlemon.org.