Echo Reads presents Bourbon at the Border
When May and Charlie went to Mississippi in 1964 for a massive voter registration drive, they had no idea their lives were about to change forever. White supremacists responded with violence that left three civil rights workers dead and many more psychologically scarred. Decades later, May and Charlie are still searching for a way back from the damage that was done to them during that long ago “Freedom Summer.”
May is unable to confide even in her best friend, Rosa, about the demons that haunt her dreams and twist Charlie’s love for her into something she can no longer recognize. Rosa’s boyfriend, Tyrone, gets Charlie a job as a truck driver, but May is convinced that if she can just get Charlie to leave Detroit and cross the bridge to Canada, they can start a new life. But when the two couples hear about a serial killer targeting white people in Detroit, the madness of that summer bubbles over until it threatens all of their very lives.
Bourbon at the Border playwright, Pearl Cleage is also an essayist, novelist, poet and political activist. She has authored a dozen plays, including Flyin’ West, and Blues for an Alabama Sky; two books of essays, Mad at Miles: A Blackwoman’s Guide to Truth and Deals With the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot; plus a book of short fiction, The Brass Bed and Other Stories. She tackles issues at the crux of racism and sexism, and is known for her feminist views, particularly regarding her identity as an African-American woman.