A Table Read Recording: Years of Sky by Barbara Blatner
Years of Sky by Barbara Blatner
YEARS OF SKY chronicles the troubled but enduring love of a biracial couple whose love is bound to the Kennedy assassinations and nearly thirty years of American politics.
Part 1: 1963/Time on Fire The grassy knoll: In love 17-year-olds David, African-American, and Stace, white, meet for the first time in public to see President Kennedy pass by, and scheme to spend their first night together that night. Believing JFK brings a new era of racial equality, anticipating a night in each other's arms, they defiantly hold each other as the motorcade approaches.
Part 2: 1968/Path of the Sun The morning of RFK’s death: David, committed to Black Power politics, at his father Ben’s Dallas electrical shop pines for Stace who we learn he abandoned on the knoll after JFK was shot. Ben accuses David of hypocrisy for wanting “that white girl.” Stace bursts in, distraught over RFK; her real mission is to get David back.
Part 3: 1992/Years of Sky The day the Rodney King verdict is announced in LA. Stacey and David finally fight their way to understanding and reaffirm their bond as race riots explode in LA.
David: Durassie Kiangangu
Stace: Isobel Flower
Ben: BK Dawson
Run time: 1hr 41mins
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Notes: Throughout this Live Table Read, there were a few audio technical difficulties. We have added subtitles in Parts 1 and 2 where some lines were too difficult to make out. Additionally, this video will have an auto-generated subtitles option offered by Youtube which you can access if you so wish. Due to these audio issues, this particular Table Read will not be accessible for those who are visually impaired. We do apologise for the inconvenience. The New Works Playhouse are actively trying to make this space accessible, and we are working towards a solution to ensure this does not happen again in the future. WARNING: This is a piece that contains open dialogue surrounding the racial injustice throughout the United States of America between 1963-1992, particularly in regards to romantic interracial relations. Additionally, there are select derogatory terms used throughout that may be offensive to some viewers.
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