Upcoming play at Sumter's Patriot Hall dramatizes 4 centuries of black life in U.S.

"From the Slave House to the White House" will be at Patriot Hall on Feb. 2

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 1/17/19

"From the Slave House to the White House," written by the Rev. Jeanette Collins, will have its premier performance on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Patriot Hall.

Collins also directs the play that depicts the history of black life, oppression and progress …

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Upcoming play at Sumter's Patriot Hall dramatizes 4 centuries of black life in U.S.

"From the Slave House to the White House" will be at Patriot Hall on Feb. 2

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"From the Slave House to the White House," written by the Rev. Jeanette Collins, will have its premier performance on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Patriot Hall.

Collins also directs the play that depicts the history of black life, oppression and progress from the 1600s to the presidency of Barack Obama.

Collins, a former history teacher and current pastor of LaGree AME Church, said she is excited about the play.

"It's my first black history play, and I'm pleased that tickets are selling fast," she said.

Collins said there are 12 actors in "From the Slave House to the White House," four of them children, who will "bring to life the story of black people during slave times, the time they were freed and up to the time Obama was blessed to become president of the United States." Several of the actors are from the area, she said, but others are based in North Carolina and Georgia.

"This play is especially suitable for high school and middle school students and people of all ages," Collins said. "It's not a religious play, but God's name will be in part of the play."

While the play is not a musical, she said there will be incidental music between scenes, "and musicians will be playing at different intervals."

Collins said, "'From the Slave House to the White House' is my fourth major production. The first three were religious plays."

Her previous productions include the "Jesus, I'm Not Ready Yet" and a program of gospel music performed by about 40 pastors from area churches.

Also an author, Collins said her book "Jesus, Are You Laughing, Too?" will be released at the end of January. Copies will be on sale for $10.25 at Patriot Hall on Feb. 2, and she will be available to autograph the books and talk to readers and audience members.

For more information about the play and/or the book, contact Collins at (803) 458-8662, or email jeanettecollins3@gmail.com.