"Indigos" Play Makes its Debut at Bowie State
By Clarese Alexander
Bowie State University's Department of Fine & Performing Arts & Theater performed T. Tara Turk's play, "Indigos" on Oct. 2. "Indigos" was directed by Professor Renee Charlow and was brought to Bowie after having been performed at the Kennedy Center on Labor Day weekend.
Having been the selected winner of the new Playwright Festival, which is held every year at Bowie State University, this was the first performance on campus. Cast members included students from BSU and the Kennedy Center.
According to Prof. Charlow, "Indigos" represented each of the character's own personal blues they were experiencing in the time of racism and depression. "When you look at the lives of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, this (story) could have been true." Main characters included Lord and Lady Major played by Lewis Davis and Melissa Wilson. When asked where she drawled her inspiration for her performance, Melissa Wilson states, that she did a lot of research on the time period of jazz. "I believe that you really can't portray a character, if you don't know anything about them."
Although, the crowd was not large on opening night, the audience reactions to the play were of joy and rang the air with applause. "I loved it, I think they did a really good job," Ashanti Williams said. Another audience member Steve Stephenson looked at the play in a more realistic stance and said it was "different" then any play shown on campus.
Students interested in auditioning for upcoming plays should watch for postings around campus and have a monologue prepared.