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Black History Month: Jazz Musician Struggles
with AIDS, Mortality, and His Family’s Fears in “Before
It Hits Home”
Carson, CA— Cheryl
West’s play, Before it Hits Home, will be
performed from February 24 through March 5 in the University
Theatre at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
The performances are part of the Black History Month celebration
at the university.
The drama is about a black bisexual jazz musician whose
double life endangers both himself and his loved ones. When
Wendal Bailey is stricken with AIDS, he returns home to regain
his strength and hopefully find some comfort. Instead,
he is faced with his own mortality and the part of himself
that he has tried to hide. The family’s bond
is stretched to the breaking point as its members struggle
with the fact that AIDS has hit their home.
The production is being directed by guest artist D’Shaun
Booker, who is an adjunct faculty member of performance at
the University of Southern California. Booker has directed
at The Richard Pryor Theatre, the West Los Angeles Christian
Center, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and the Southland Cultural
Center. She is also founder and director of Arts Creating
Unity, a nonprofit theatre organization.
Featured in the cast are CSUDH Theatre majors Karen
Roberson, a senior, and juniors Samuel
Simmons and Skylar Brown. Also
in the cast is CSUDH theatre veteran Phil Bray(’03,
Theatre), who has been in a number of CSUDH productions,
and the university’s Director of Alumni Relations Sheila
Performances are at 8 p.m. on February 24 and 25 and on
March 3 and 4, and at 2 p.m. on March 5. Tickets are $10,
$8 for students and senior citizens, and group rates are
available for 10 or more.
Dominguez Hills is at 1000 E. Victoria Street, off Avalon
Boulevard between the 91 and 405 freeways. Parking is free.
For reservations, call (310) 243-3589.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
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