In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town
, Charles is learning how to use her gift for good. “I had this dilemma in my mind,” the Houston Black Leadership Institute graduate says. “I became obsessed with Rutherford BH Yates Museum, but I don’t have money to give. I know what they need in order to preserve this side of town, but…I’m a schoolteacher. That’s when it hit me. Stop looking in my own pockets. With talent, there are other things that God gives for you to use. What can I write that can help?” Thus, a play was born.
8 p.m. June 16-18. 2 p.m. June 17-18, Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main. For information, visit ensemblehouston.org
Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum, Inc. presents the stage play "In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town". This is a one weekend event to take place at The Ensemble Theatre (3535 Main), Friday, June 16th through Sunday June 18th.
The dual plot of "In All Thy Getting: The Forgotten Story of Freedmen’s Town" explores the lives of a young husband and wife, thriving (financially) in the city of Houston but floundering in their marital pursuit of happiness.
The plot is complicated by their responsibilities as caregivers to the husband’s 99 year old paternal grandmother, who resides in what she calls Freedmen’s Town.
While their newfound success has afforded them the opportunity to move away from what the husband remembers as a poverty-stricken and drug-infested Fourth Ward, they’ve remained in order to take care of an elderly grandmother suffering from dementia. The couple does not understand the grandmother’s adamant pleas to preserve her home, Fourth Ward and its bricked streets; nor do they understand her pleas with them to reconcile their marriage.
Through grandmother’s hallucinations, dreams and even brief moments of cryptic clarity, we learn about Fourth Ward’s beginnings as Freedmen’s Town.
Most importantly, though, the young couple, as well as the audience, learn about the power of preservation.
Grandmother’s voice represents the forgotten martyrs of Freedmen’s Town. While their faith and fervor have created opportunities for newer generations to “get more”, they would surely want us to abide by the scripture that says, ‘In all thy getting, get an understanding’ – Proverbs 4:7.
Novelist Holly Charles has penned her first play, a story about a financially thriving couple caring for a dementia-striken elder who refuses to leave her home in Fourth Ward — a place she knows as Freedman’s Town. With