Four people — one white, three black — journey from Ridgewood, New Jersey to Selma, Alabama, in the spring of 1965 to join a voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Rose Shapiro, a diamond merchant's widow, takes her driver, Terrance Witt, her housekeeper, Mary Jacks, and Mary’s teenage daughter, Dawn, on a road trip fraught with physical danger as well as personal and racial tension. Both the danger and the tension intensify as the group drives further South. State Troopers beat and tear gas the marchers on a day that would become known as Bloody Sunday. Our battered and bloody group limps home, but their trip becomes even more strained as family secrets are revealed and deep-seated prejudices exposed. The show ends with a new, if fragile, understanding of what a family — and just maybe what a country — can be.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
ROSE SHAPIRO, 60, a widow from Ridgewood, New Jersey
TERRANCE WITT, 44, Rose's driver and handyman
MARY JACKS, 38, Rose's housekeeper
DAWN JACKS, 16, Mary's daughter