"Color Blind" Playwright Hopes Production Helps Shift Opinion
February 11, 2010
"Color Blind," an original play by Catawba College senior Tony Mullins of Charlotte is being produced to commemorate Black History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25; at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Hedrick Little Theatre on Catawba's campus. This student-written, produced and directed play is offered by Catawba's Diversity Club and is free and open to the public.
"Color Blind" marks the fourth original show that Mullins has directed and co-produced at Catawba in conjunction with the Diversity Club. Prior productions include "One Night Only" (in concert, "One Night Only" (the play), and "Little Rock: Our Dreams, Our Goals, Their Story." Mullins is the owner of Evening Star Productions, a New Jersey-based theatrical production company, which he will re-launch after his December 2010 graduation from Catawba.
Set in New Jersey in modern day and time, "Color Blind" pays homage to the iconic movie, "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" as well as to the classic television series, "The Cosby Show." It examines what happens when a bright and promising young man brings home the "love of his life" to meet his upper middle class family. The family is concerned that one "major difference" will prevent the relationship from having a chance.
"The cast is responsible for presenting various viewpoints that are honest and direct; in doing so, they can exhibit the raw emotions that are shared in society, exposing them, and providing a platform for the audience to examine and reflect on their impact," explains Mullins. "I believe that if one person's opinion regarding the boundaries of a ‘traditional' relationship can be shifted, then I, as a writer and director, and my cast members, as actors, have done our jobs."
The eight cast members in the production include Yolanda McClure of Eden; Ka'Shara Davis of Charlotte; Kendrick Mayes of Fayetteville; Katie Hopkins of Albemarle; Donna Steele of Charlotte; Mullins, who originally hails from Somerset, N.J.; Katie Higgins of Durham; and Adam Stolzenberg of Charlotte.
Crew members include Micah Sales of Charlotte; Collette Riddle of Roanoke, Va.; Allen Jones of Greensboro; Sean Henderson of Concord; Rashaun Sandlin of Knightdale; Gregory Kennedy of Thomasville; Sydney Berk of Encino, Calif.; Dustin Sullivan of Monroe; Alex Copeland of Clinton, S.C.; Andrew Robison of Waxhaw; Leah Caddigan of Winterville; Kerry Showers of Pleasantville, N.J.; Tommy Hawfield of Monroe; and Maggie Truxell of Cherry Hill, N.J.