Imogen Stubbs and Michael Brandon are to take The Long Road South in Paul Minx’s riveting drama that opens at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre in January.
Laced with wit and bitter irony, The Long Road South tells the story of how a man is forced to confront his demons and go to the lengths of his being to find out who he is and get what’s rightly his.
Set in Indiana 1965 during the long, hot summer of the civil rights movement, the world and that of the Price family is about to change.
Their two domestic workers, Grace and Andre, intend to collect their wages and head South to join the voting rights marches. And the Price family – Jake, Carol Ann and their teenage Lolita – are each determined to make them stay.
After a successful first outing as part of the So and So Arts Club’s Hopefull Rep season at the Hope Theatre last August, the Offie-nominated drama transfers up the road to the King’s Head Theatre.
Writer Paul Minx said: “The play tells the story of an African-American man who helped raised me. He was gentle, religious and angry – all at the same time.
“He wanted to be part of the American civil rights movement but never found the personal courage to march or get involved. He didn’t think he was good enough.
“He was brought down by the ‘day-to-day racism’ – the constant reminders African-Americans received that they weren’t as good as whites.
“This is the hardest prejudice to fight and it ate away at his soul. I wrote the play as a testament to him.”
The cast also includes Krissi Bohn (Coronation Street, The Bogus Woman), Cornelius McCarthy (Out Of Joint’s Our Country’s Good) and Lydea Perkins (She Stoops To Conquer, Theatre Royal Bath).
The show will be directed by Sarah Berger, who founded the So and So Arts Club; a collective of 1200 artists from nine countries, cross-generational and cross-discipline, who have come together to generate paid work.
The Long Road South runs at the Kings Head Theatre from January 12-30.