Found Photos: "The Offering"

Check out these photos from the production of The Offering by Gus Edwards directed by TC Sharpe with Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre. The Offering opened at TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN this past spring. I had a blast working with Jai Johnson (Byahlia, MS) again and shared the stage for the first time with Emmanuel McKinney and JS Tate--both ridiculously talented men.

The scene is a shabby basement apartment on New York's West Side, where Bob Tyrone, an aging black, lives with his young wife, Princess. Now on welfare, Tyrone spends most of his time dozing, or glass in hand, watching television.

Unexpected visitors arrive in the form of Martin, an obviously prosperous young black man, and Ginny, his beautiful white girlfriend. Martin offers Tyrone a large sum of money, but Tyrone declines and invites his visitors to stay the night.

In a series of highly atmospheric scenes, it develops that Martin, a hired killer, had known Tyrone when he too was a power in illegal activity, and he still regards him with awe. At first the action seems to be concerned with Martin's desire to help his former mentor.

But gradually, as the sense of menace deepens, we are aware that a struggle for sexual dominance has now become the focus of their relationship — as Tyrone seduces Ginny, and Martin, suddenly powerless, yields to the psychological battle of wits to which his now reinvigorated master has subjected him

Successfully produced by New York's renowned Negro Ensemble Company, this arresting first play blends menace and humor, with unique stylistic originality, as it details the confrontation between a young man, his aging mentor and the women with whom they share their lives.


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