(Part of CST’s educational outreach to area at-risk high school students.)
In this thoughtful, touching and funny play,
it’s 1950 and Godfrey Crump has just lost his wife. But finding solace in
Father Devine and the Peace Mission Movement, he pulls up stakes and moves
his teenage daughters to be close to the Mission in Brooklyn, New York. His
sister-in-law wants to help raise the girls, but she stands for everything
Godfrey hates. One day, he returns home with a new wife—a white, German
immigrant, Gerte. Soon, life in the household overheats to the boiling
point. Told through the eyes of his 17-year-old daughter Ernestine, Crumbs
from the Table of Joy aims straight at the heart in a story where “we all
escape somewhere and take comfort sometimes in things we don’t understand.”
"Imagine a pairing…between Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry, a
memory play about a black family, a glass menagerie in the sun…CRUMBS FROM
THE TABLE OF JOY [is] a small window into the past, and this almost
voyeuristic glimpse is worth attention."—NY Post.
"…a complex, thought-provoking play…"
—Chicago Sun Times.