Presented by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners
By Carlyle Brown
Directed by Marya Mazor
Armond Edward Dorsey, Tamarra Graham, Eamon Hunt, Deborah Puette, William Salyers, Dylan John Seaton
Scenic Design: Tom Buderwitz
Costume Design: Mylette Nora
Lighting Design: Pablo Santiago
Sound Design: John Nobori
Projection Design: Nicholas Santiago
First Performance April 8, 2017
Final Performance April 30, 2017
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The high-stakes world of Civil War–era horse racing sets the stage for this captivating drama during a time of slavery and Reconstruction. Colonel Wiley Johnson owns both Simon Cato, a smart, cocky ‘colored’ jockey, and his horse, Pure Confidence. Cato uses his wits and his championship winnings to buy his and his wife’s freedom, but the Civil War changed everything.
Originally commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pure Confidence premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
This surprisingly funny and daring story takes a look at the complexity of race relations, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century. Against a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings.
“Rollickingly accomplished…has a big juicy vision, a stylistic verve and a credible story that supports its ideas.” – Variety