Students stage 'The Journey' Feb. 21-22 for Black History Month
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THE CAST OF “THE JOURNEY” – Author, producer and director Tiffane “Suga” Henry, front, far left, a Southeastern Louisiana University graduate student, introduces the cast of her original play, “The Journey,” which will be presented Feb. 21-22 at the Student Union Theatre as part of Southeastern’s celebration of February as Black History Month.
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Office of Multicultural and International Student Affairs will present “The Journey,” a stage play written, directed and produced by Student Government Association entertainment chair Tiffane “Suga” Henry as part of the university’s Black History Month celebrations.
Henry said “The Journey,” which will run Feb. 21-22 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, is about a character name Yolanda who goes through a metamorphosis when her parents die and leave the young girl with only her brother.
When her brother also dies tragically, Yolanda is brought the South by a loving and caring aunt. “But she is angry at the world because she feels like it stole her brother,” Henry explained.
While living with her aunt, Yolanda encounters a female character, “God,” who reminds her of the toughness of her brother. Now filled with inner turmoil, Yolanda has to decide which path to take, the way of “God” or her aunt.
Originally from Jamaica, Henry migrated from Queens, N.Y., to the South where she received her undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. She is a sociology graduate student at Southeastern.
“Sociology is my business and theater is where I have fun,” said Henry.
Since elementary school, Henry has been writing and receiving awards for her work. “I use to write little books that the schools would publish,” she said.
No stranger to the stage, Henry also directed last year’s Black History Month play, “Who Am I … Do You Really Know?” The play depicted high school students touring a Black History museum with scenes from slavery, the Harlem Renaissance in the Cotton Club to present day.
“I was inspired to write ‘The Journey’ because last year’s show was such a success and the students wanted to do another show this year,” said Henry.
Cast members are Kevin Coates, “Brother Charles,” Baton Rouge; Skye Denham, “Brother Michaels,” Hammond; Joshua Ikegulu, “Lance Hawkins,” Baton Rouge; Krystal Hawkins, “Mother Shaw,” Amite; Celestine Roubion, “ Sister Jacuzzi,” New Orleans; Michael Kyles Jr., “Deacon Jones Frye,” Baton Rouge; Brianna McCaskill, “ Rev. Mabel Hawkins,” Kenner; Tyneka Duplessis, “Yolanda,” New Orleans; Durand Jones, “Rev. Hawkins,” Hillaryville; Lonnie Magee, “Extra,” Franklinton; Elizabeth Duhon, “Extra/Dancer,” Baton Rouge; Brandy Fulton, “Bernadette aka GOD,” Baton Rouge; Marjorie Parker, “Sister Patterson,” New Orleans; Charlene Robinson, “Jeanette,” Saint Rose; Glennis McKelphin Jr., Extra,” Bogalusa and Natasha Landry, “Velma,” Prairieville.
For more information about the Black History Month Schedule, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, 985-549-3850.