April 17 – 25
Museum of Science and History
1025 Museum Circle
JOHN COFFEY REFUSES TO SAVE THE WORLD
by AL LETSON
directed by MICHELLE SIMKULET
The 5 & Dime continues to bring new, exciting work to Jacksonville’s Urban Core. We are pleased to present an original play from a local artist-turned national public figure. This provocative, funny, and moving play presented at MOSH.
John Coffey (the character from the movie The Green Mile) sits in the waiting room with his friends Bagger Vance (The Legend of Bagger Vance), Mother Abigail (The Stand) and god (From Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty). The small group patiently waits for someone to watch their movies so they can go off to work. A new character, Legba, a shady con-man, or saintly gentleman (depending on your point of view), joins the room with answers and a lot of questions. He tells the characters they are in the Room of Magical Negroes! A Purgatory of a sorts for black fictitious characters waiting to be released into the world. Legba wonders aloud why are they in this room in the first place? What is their purpose in life? Why can’t they use their magical powers for themselves? These questions begin to eat away at John Coffey as he is ordered to report to The Green Mile. In a fit of defiance John refuses to go and thus upsets the balance of the universe. Every story has its place, make believe or true, and if one story doesn’t play its part, all of creation is in jeopardy.
The play features some of the best local talent we see on the Jacksonville stage, with Rita Churchwell in the role of Mother Abigail, Brooks Anne Meierdierk as Clerk, Larry Knight as the tormented John Coffey, David Girard in the role of Legba, Bill Ratliff as Stephen King, Steven Anderson Jr portraying Bagger Vance, and Eugene Lindsey as God with a little G. This ensemble is directed by Michelle Simkulet. The combined experiences of this A-List Jacksonville cast includes radio, film, television, and award winning stage performances.
The 5 & Dime is pleased to present this original work at MOSH, in Jacksonville’s Urban Core. MOSH strongly believes in connecting the people of Jacksonville and those in the surrounding communities to the art and culture that is happening in our city. One way to make this happen is collaborating with other like-minded organizations. MOSH is proud to be working with The 5 & Dime on the thought provoking work, “John Coffey Refuses To Save The World,” by author Al Letson.
Tickets can be purchased in advance here. Join us to learn what happens when John Coffey Refuses to Save the World, as he asks the question, are we destined to play the roles we’ve been cast?
photos by JEN HOLDMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Director: Michelle Svenson Simkulet
Stage Manager/Lighting Board: Evan Gould
Production Manager: Lee Hamby
Sets – Costumes – Props: Lee Hamby
Marketing Coordinator: Judy Gould
Graphic Design: Shelby Mclachlen
Website Design: Jacksonville Community Software Group
Video Promotion: Abigail Saenz
Box Office Manager: Krysten Bennett
Volunteer Coordinator: Craig Leavitt
Program: Evan Gould, UPS Store #4509