Introducing our 2013 Season...Celebrating 33 Years of River Region Community Theater
A Higher Place in Heaven
Written By Pamela Parker
Directed by Kim Mason
SHOW DATES September 25-27, October 2-5, 9-11
A Higher Place in Heaven is reserved for “those who do the right thing on this earth,” according to Pamela Parker’s “pre-quel” to her hit play, Second Samuel.
Set in the summer of 1925 in a small Georgia town, the play introduces audiences to two central characters: Miss Madison, matriarch of New Hope, and her companion-housekeeper, Miss Simpson, daughter of the slaves who worked in the plantation fields of New Hope. Despite racial challenges of the time period, they had formed a lifetime bond of friendship. The two women took care of New Hope the same way they raised their children- together.
They also shared a secret never to be revealed to others. Not until that one particular hot summer day.
Comedic in tone and dramatic in intent, “A Higher Place in Heaven” is a rediscovery of a by-gone era. It explores a gentility of belles and cavaliers, servants and the served, a society that fights the change it needs in order to survive.
A Higher Place in Heaven won top honors at The Center for Southern Studies Playwright Competition at Jacksonville State University.