An original play about Sweet Briar’s complex past made its first public appearance in March when a cast of actors — including Sweet Briar students and hired professionals — read the entire manuscript to a packed house in Pannell Gallery. Endstation Theatre Company’s Michael Stablein Jr. directed the performance.
“In Sweet Remembrance” by playwright Tearrance A. Chisholm was commissioned by Endstation, Sweet Briar and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The play pays tribute to the significant role of the black community throughout the College’s history.
Chisholm, who lives in Washington, D.C., has spent the past four summers researching Sweet Briar’s cultural and historical background to create a play that “explores the landscape of its past, discovers the contours of its present and realizes its future.” “In Sweet Remembrance” will be staged as part of the Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival in 2014.
In his writing, Chisholm explores the many faces of the African-American experience. The theme of race as a double-edged sword of advantages and shortcomings permeates his works, including “Burning Books,” “Liddy’s Sammiches, Potions & Baths,” “Vulpicide” and “A Month of Sundays.”