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The Inglewood Playhouse Staged Reading Series - "Black Family Robinson"
Sat, October 1, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
This drama takes place over the space of a weekend in Atlanta, Georgia in 1957. The Civil Rights Movement is just a pot simmering on the back burner, not yet boiling over. The Robinsons—Daniel and Lillian, and their young adult children, Danny and Sandra—live the kind of middle class existence unusual for Black Americans during that time. Their comfort is due to Daniel’s position as one of the city’s major numbers men. While Daniel’s business is no secret, he and Lillian have worked hard to shield their children from its ugly side, and they succeeded—for many years. Until the Friday night when the first of three events begins the process of knocking down the dominoes of their charmed existence. Daniel remembers in an instant how to be violent, and Lillian is forced to remember what she knew to be the reality of being his wife. Sandra and Danny learn hard lessons overnight, with different results: Danny readily and easily embraces being his father’s son. Sandra, though she loves both her parents, wants no part of being the daughter of a gangster—except the part his wealth can buy. It’s a long weekend for the Black Family Robinson.