by Phillip Dean Hayes
Directed by Yohance Myles
Set in 1970′s Michigan, “Freeman” is the story of Freeman Aquila, a spirited young man living in an industrial town with his parents and his wife, Osa Lee. Dissatisfied with his blue-collar job at the local auto plant, Freeman decides to put his money and time into attempts to succeed at other occupations, including a campaign for local political office. These new ambitions begin begin to interfere with his family responsibilities and lead to major dramatic complications.
The play focuses on the effects of parenting, acceptance of responsibility, and maintaining a self-image that reflects your true character. Director Yohance Myles is very pleased with the cast he has assembled for “Freeman”, which includes faculty members, majors, non-majors, and MADDRAMA members. Mr. Myles wants the audience to leave the theatre with a clear understanding of what it means to be involved with their community, whether through voting, education, or economic development. He hopes that people will take away the following lesson: “What you do to yourself affects those around you.”
“Freeman” is a very moving play, appropriate for all audiences.