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'In Sweet Remembrance'

Playwrite Tearrance A. Chisholm

 

'In Sweet Remembrance': A Play by Tearrance A. Chisholm

Commissioned by Endstation Theatre Company, Sweet Briar and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts,
“In Sweet Remembrance” is a tribute to the significant role of the black community throughout the College’s history.

Playwright Tearrance A. Chisholm, who lives in Washington, D.C., has spent the past four summers researching
Sweet Briar’s cultural and historical importance, resulting in an original play that, according to Endstation,“explores the landscape of its past, discovers the contours of its present and realizes its future.”

Endstation and the College will host a reading of the play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Pannell Gallery. A reception follows the event, which is free and open to the public.

 

Excerpts from the play

Tribute Must Be Paid

Jessamine Chapman Williams, a real home economics professor at Sweet Briar, wrote a letter on March 17, 1953, calling for recognition of the College’s African-American employees. In this scene, Jessamine is writing the letter while her maid, Miss Muriel, in a fictional account by the playwright, gives testimony and a different perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

A Midnight Tour of the Cemetery

In a late night tour of the campus and her new surroundings, Professor Diana Singer finds herself beckoned to the College’s old burial grounds and slave cemetery. Confronted by a “thousand nameless voices,” Diana learns she must take her place in the history of Sweet Briar and take part in the legacy of its people.