Minden native, Derek Rice, will appear in Grambling State University's theater production of "Crumbs from the Table of Joy," by Lynn Nottage, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Ruined."
The last two nights of the production are Thursday, February 21 and Friday February 22 at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.
Rice will play the lead as Godfrey Crumb, a widower trying to raise his two daughters, Earnestine (played by Ashley Lackey) and Ermina (played by Ashanti Spears), under the strict religious commandments of the controversial leader, Father Devine.
Set in Brooklyn in the 1950's, the arrival of Aunt Lily (played by Tatanesha Mincey), creates an up-roar to the practiced belief of no sex, alcohol or radio playing on Sundays.
Between raising teenage daughters and dealing with a communistic drunken sister-in-law, Godfrey flees to the arms of Gerte (played by Kdeja Johnson), an innocent German immigrant, who he impulsively brings home.
Directed by Karl V. Norman, the production staff includes Shaina Rogers as production stage manager and sound designer, Sean Turner as set constructer, Curtis Maxey as light designer, and Teshia Lincoln as costume designer.
The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $3 for students and $5 for the general public. Box office will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. today and 30 minutes before performance time today and Friday.
For more information, call 274-2201.