True Colors Theatre’s latest production is the powerhouse drama, “East Texas Hot Links.” Playwright, actor and director, Eugene Lee is a veteran in the theater world and worked extensively with playwright, August Wilson.
He is in Atlanta to direct his acclaimed play and he spoke with City Lights host Lois Reitzes, along with actor, Eugene Russell, about the healing nature of truth telling in theater. The play is set in 1955, during the Jim Crow Era, in the piney woods of East Texas at Charlesetta’s “Top O’ the Hill Cafe.”
In the show, the cafe is one of the only public places for African-American locals to gather in peace. When word gets around that the Ku Klux Klan has been lynching young black men, the cafe patrons gather together to join forces against this evil.
“Part of what I try to do with this play and with everything else is to bring clarity and truth. I want to shed some light on the African-American experience, some honest authoritative light,” Lee said.
True Colors Theatre’s production will open on July 16 and run through Aug. 11 at Southwest Arts Center.