In 1979 Hamlin returned home from Providence, R.I. Seeking to continue his successful career as an artistic director, producer and actor and with a $1,000 investment from his father, he founded the NCBRC, the first professional African American theatre company in North Carolina.
To introduce his new company to the community and build support for it, Hamlin created “Living Room” theatre. Asking several community leaders to invite eight to ten people to their homes, he presented his vision for the Company and with four to eight other actors offered excerpts from one of the Black theatre classics.
This fall “Living Room” theatre returns as on outreach program of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company (NCBRC) with plans for quarterly productions. The 2016-17 season is titled The Comfort of Faith. The company will be producing shows that examine the role faith plays in strength and solace when confronted by illness. Living Room theatre will take theatre to the community during the season.
The NCBRC will produce and present Perri Gaffney’s one-woman show, The Resurrection of Alice, on October 11-13, 2016 as the first in the quarterly series of “Living Room” theatre.
The Resurrection of Alice: Trapped in an arranged marriage, a woman struggling to find her place in the world holds tight to childhood dreams.
Scheduled performances include:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016: Senior Services Elizabeth and Tab Williams Day Center
Wednesday, October 12, 2016: Arbor Acres
Thursday, October 13, 2016: United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church
Living Room theatre is an intimate way for the NCBRC to give back, engage the community and keep the arts alive.
Perri Gaffney – Stage: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (St. Louis Rep), Steel Magnolias (American Stage), The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (Perseverance, USF), A Raisin in the Sun (Geva), Macbeth, Death and the King’s Horseman, Intimate Apparel (OSF), The Resurrection of Alice (eta Creative Arts: African American Arts Alliance of Chicago Outstanding Actress Award; Black Theatre Alliance Best Actress Award, also Best Playwright and Best Play Nominations; The Essential Theatre; Helen Hayes Award Best Actress Nomination), To Kill A Mockingbird (Syracuse Stage, VA Stage), Polk County (McCarter, Berkeley, Arena Stage). Film and TV: As The World Turns (recurring Nurse Bentley), Law & Order, and Law & Order: SVU, So Close, Deep Trouble, Fake Preacher (features). Books: The Resurrection of Alice (www.PerriTales.com), Managing Artists in Pop Music and The Business of Broadway (both with Mitch Weiss – Skyhorse Publishing).