A candle in the window gave them respite - hush, a 'safe-house'. They endured, they lived Garra ...
"A Matter of Worth"
by Marcia E. Cole
As part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival 2015
A play seen from the eyes of Hannah, a 73 year-old slave; her sharp mother-wit proves she's worth much more than what's being sold on auction day.
WHY BLACK LIVES MATTER
"A transformation awaits at Marcia E. Cole's A Matter of Worth ... [The cast] give exceptional performances." -DCMetroTheaterArts
"The script is strong, the acting solid across the board, and Judy Leak as Hannah is remarkable."
DC Metro Theatre Arts
"A Matter of Worth" --The play's director and Artistic Director of Live Garra, Wanda Whiteside, creates a painfully credible story-telling exchange between every character. Her direction essentializes every word and gesture down to its core. There are no frills. Just truth. Whiteside demonstrates an uncanny ability to let what is on the page resonate with the physicality of the actor.”
DC Theatre Scene
"A Matter of Worth" - Director Wanda Whiteside incorporated inspirational spirituals, dances, and poetry to bridge the gap between slavery and African culture. The narrative was so profoundly poetic it bore a Shakespearian cadence. It takes a strong ensemble to pull off such eloquent words with ease and emotional conviction. Whiteside assembled a talented, collaborative, collection of actors who were deeply connected to the storyline and eager to engage the audience in a captivating manor...
A Matter of Worth explores a time of degradation with dignity and creativity. ... This story is a must see for truth seekers old and young."
MISSION: Live Garra Theatre, Inc endeavors to employ the cultural arts as a way to address universal social-life issues; to illuminate all facets of a multicultural society; fostering cross-cultural understanding of the many ethnic voices in the community; reinforcing the value of diversity, strengthening the social connections among people. The word "garra" literally means claws -- to hold on and to ‘live Garra’ (Portuguese for prevail) means to go-the-distance and never give up.
As a resident company of the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, the organization operates out of the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre as a performance training studio; an incubator for a core repertory of skilled poets, playwrights, and artists, as well as providing a 'safe harbor' for the youth. Live Garra Theatre aspires to fill the void of culturally specific Theatre, preserving the unique legacy of the African-American heritage and contribute to the survival of Black Theatre.