Kansas City Melting Pot Theatre (KCMPT) is set to bring acclaimed writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin’s groundbreaking play “The Amen Corner” to the stage in a compelling revival directed by Melonnie Walker.
Written in 1954, “The Amen Corner” was Baldwin’s first foray into stage writing. The play explores the intricate narrative of Pastor Margaret, a prominent Black female figure in Harlem.
A Peek into the Plot
Based in Harlem, “The Amen Corner” delves into the challenges faced by Pastor Margaret (played by Amber Redmond) as she navigates the societal, cultural, and gender complexities of leading a storefront church.
Wrestling with her past and the secular life she abandoned, Margaret’s world is further shaken when her estranged husband, Luke (played by Craig Lindsay), a jazz musician, reemerges. The narrative unfolds as they confront unresolved questions of past love and the impact of Luke’s absence on their son David (played by Solomon Langley).
The play becomes a poignant exploration of faith, family dynamics, gender roles, and racial identity. Baldwin’s timeless themes continue to resonate, provoking reflection on these issues in the 21st century, even seven decades after the play’s debut.
The play will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9. General admission is $25, seniors (60+) and students $20. Wednesday and Thursday showings are Community Nights, and tickets are discounted at $15. Advance tickets are available at KCMeltingPot.com.
The Amen Corner
Just Off Broadway Theatre
3051 Central in Penn Valley Park, Kansas City, Missouri
Thur, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. – Preview/Press Night
Fri, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night
Sat, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m. (Talkback following performance)
Wed, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Thur, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. (Talkback following performance)
Fri, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.