Tread

What secrets are kept under the new pavement?
A small Chicago family is attempting to escape past horrors as they gather on the newly paved section of 1927 Oklahoma Route 66.  A mother with her young daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law take advantage of the calm evening to spin a Victrola, and christen the new road by dancing. 
With the ever-watchful eye of a local Cherokee Indian, a...
What secrets are kept under the new pavement?
A small Chicago family is attempting to escape past horrors as they gather on the newly paved section of 1927 Oklahoma Route 66.  A mother with her young daughter, granddaughter, and son-in-law take advantage of the calm evening to spin a Victrola, and christen the new road by dancing. 
With the ever-watchful eye of a local Cherokee Indian, a Hollywood Producer, his wannabe starlet, and his trusty Negro chauffeur stop by.  All is going smoothly until an angry black woman enters with a mind to blow up the new infernal road.  She is a Freedman ex-slave of the Cherokee Nation. She has lost most of her land and blames the road for her husband’s death.
Cooler minds prevail as the night passes to day. 
The true reason for the nightly ritual is revealed: to have the remains of the abusive, pedophile husband tread upon for eternity.
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Tread

Character Information

  • Ya Wa Sti
    mid 20's to mid 30's,
    native american
    ,
    Male
    A Cherokee male. He is the construction foreman for the road crew.
  • Mr. Washington
    20's to 50's,
    African American
    ,
    Male
    A Chauffeur.
  • Momma
    late 20's,
    Preferably caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Helen's Mother. Petite and demure. MOMMA is hearing and speech impaired. N.B.: MOMMA: is a speaking role. Some words and phrases will be in sign language. If a hearing impaired actor plays MOMMA, her dialogue should be accompanied by a live voice over.
  • Millie
    40's to 50's,
    African American
    ,
    Female
    Recently widowed. Feisty and independent. A member of the Oklahoma Freemen. Trying to blow up the road.
  • Helen Shepherd
    16,
    Preferably caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Married with a daughter. Just seeing the world for the first time.
  • Betty
    20's,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Beautiful, shapely, Hollywood starlet wannabe.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Howard University
    ,
    2010

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    DC Black Theater Festival at The Studio Theater, Washington D.C. - 2 performances
    ,
    2011