The world premiere of Ralph Accardo’s “Roaming Charges,” a playful story about two wandering women and a roaming 13-year-old girl, will have its champagne opening at 8:30 p.m. May 30 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre.
Lacey Cubbard, a precocious African-American young lady, new to the neighborhood, gently swings back and forth on the swing. Kate enters, sits on one of the lawn chairs, opens her shoulder bag, withdraws a stack of papers and begins to read. Eventually a mystery poet is woven into a pattern that is both tangled and delicate, tortuous and lovely. This seemingly precious and innocent beginning soon evolves into a gorgeous poem/play about mothers and daughters, race, suburbia, academia, identity and poetry.
Director Charlotte Leisinger has been acting and directing at the Repertory for some 15 years. Last season she received a Subscriber acting award for her portrayal of the ex-marine, Bid, in “Dead and Buried.”
“Roaming Charges” features longtime Rep company member Leah Smith, who directed this season’s production of “A Thousand Circlets” and last performed at the Rep in “Forgiving John Lennon.” She portrays Kate in “Roaming Charges.” Newcomers Kristin Dawn Dumas portrays Lacey, the precocious and brave young lady, while Chevonne Wilson portrays Ms. Cubbard, the talented and roaming poet.
The playwright will be flying in to see the premiere of his play. All are invited to meet the playwright, and after the performance, join in a champagne toast with the playwright, cast and crew in the elegant lobby gallery of Michigan’s oldest professional, Union theater, in the heart of Detroit.
“Roaming Charges” opens May 30 and runs every Thursday through Sunday until June 23. Tickets are $17 per ticket in advance or $20 day of performance. Call the box office at 313-868-1347 for reservations or visit http://www.detroitreptheatre.com for more information.