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Loving by Edith Berry

February 21, 2020

On the road with TCP Magazine I saw the production of “Loving,” by Peter Manos at Pure Life Theatre. This was a touching and moving story. It was eloquently directed by Deb Royals Mizerk, and music direction by Ronzel Bell. The six cast members displayed an intricate relationship during the 1950’s on racial relationships. Richard Loving (Sean Brosnahan) and Mildred Loving (Aya Wallace) had to deal with the anti-miscegenation law which made intermarriage illegal. The affection of the Loving’s relationship were genuinely portrayed. They were not allowed to live under the same roof, even though they were married.

The songs were poetically sung. JaJuan Cofield as brother, did just what brothers do, protect their little sisters! Chanda Branch and Rodney Martin as narrators, told the “Loving’s” story through song and as characters in the story. They made the audience feel like they were the Loving’s best friends! Tracy Davis as Attorney Cohen made us feel apprehensive if he could even handled this case.

This production in February as the month for Valentine’s day, and Black History month was such a befitting time to showcase an interracial couple. The Loving’s withstood the laws of Virginia to profess their love for each other, of a White man towards an African American woman. That was then, but now in 2020, interracial couples are more prevalent, and have more acceptance in the community. However, discrimination and racism still prevails in this country. The show runs until March 29th. Rev. Dr. William J. Barber shared about racism and discrimination in this country with patrons, and blessed the Pure Life Theatre building, and the 1st show of the new year. You can purchase tickets at: http://www.purelifetheatre.com

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