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Quincy is in a school, and he comes from Amer­i­cus, Ge­or­gia. He’s away from his fam­ily, a fresh­man in col­lege. He talks about how he feels iso­lated as he be­gins to re­al­ize he is a stranger to him­self and those who know him best. He is in the process of un­der­stand­ing things. It doesn’t come easily, as in real life.

Another char­ac­ter is a pretty flam­boy­antly openly gay man in the choir that no one talks about. Ev­ery­one knows it. It’s kind of a “don’t ask, don’t tell” kind of thing—okay as long as it’s not men­tioned or dis­cussed. Quincy talks to the au­di­ence about this guy who tells him that if he ever needs to talk to some­one, he is there.

Quincy won­ders how the other guy knows and won­ders if maybe [what he is go­ing through] is just a phase, or maybe if he prays enough it will go away. He is try­ing to find out what op­tions he has. Does he ig­nore it? Does he hide who he is? That is what a lot of peo­ple have to face.

What is the other show in reper­tory?

“Lil­lian Likes It,” writ­ten by Joshua Mikel and di­rected by Shan­non Eubanks. It’s about peo­ple com­mu­ni­cat­ing on the In­ter­net, about how peo­ple spend more time talk­ing online than in per­son. It starts as a so­cial com­edy/ satire but gets more com­pli­cated and se­ri­ous.

Your history in­cludes a lot of LGBT themes in the work. ‘The 17th An­nual Es­sen­tial Theatre Fes­ti­val’

July 24–Au­gust 23 The Es­sen­tial Theatre at West End Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter 945 Ralph David Aber­nathy Blvd, At­lanta, GA 30310 www.es­sen­tialthe­atre.com

That is not part of an agenda. It’s be­cause they are good plays. We are happy to do them. We’ve never not done a play be­cause of what it’s about. Our main fo­cus is to en­cour­age and sup­port play­wrights.

Le­mond Hayes (Darryl), Ch­eryl Evette Booker (Sis­ter Mar­low), Ly­dia Frem­pong (Juanita), Sun­di­ata Rush (back, Rev­erend), Sha­ran C. Mans­field (front, Mama Gwen), Jim­mica Collins (Si­b­lie), James Ger­ard Smith (Quincy) (l-r) star in ‘The Old Ship of Zion.’ (Photo by Safaa Sammander)

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