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by Branden jacobs-jenkins

Performance Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

Staged Reading (Play) | Howard Drew Theatre
Directed by Christopher Scott

Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. After a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations.

Contains adult content.


NARRATOR: the voice of the playwright, African-American, adult age, any gender, probably tidy, likes clipboards.

ANTOINETTE “TONI” LAFAYETTE: the oldest sibling, white, late 40s/50s, needs control, just wants to get this all over with.

RHYS THURSTON: her son, white, late teens, attitude and angst, has been in some trouble at school.

BEAUREGARDE “BO” LAFAYETTE: the middle sibling, white, 40s/early 50s, money man, is "hemorrhaging money just standing here."

RACHAEL KRAMER-LAFAYETTE: his wife, white, 40s, "thinks anything south of Brooklyn is a trailer park."

CASSIDY “CASSIE” KRAMER-LAFAYETTE: their daughter, white, early teens, inquisitive. A "little scientist" whose braces are finally paying off.

FRANÇOIS “FRANZ/FRANK” LAFAYETTE: the youngest sibling, white, 30s/early 40s, Has been hiding in Oregon for 10 years, various addictions, not proud of his past deeds.

RIVER RAYNER: his fiancée, white, early 20s, vegan, regularly visits a shaman, spiritual but not religious.

Rehearsal Schedule:

2 or 3 rehearsals in late Feb TBA
March 4 - 6pm - 9pm
March 11 - 6pm - 9pm
March 24 - 1pm - 4pm
March 25 - 5pm - 10pm Tech/Dress
March 26 - Performance