Home by Samm Art Williams at The Last Refuge Peckham
Vik Sivalingam and Emanuela Craveri presents Home, by Samm Art Williams , at The Last Refuge, a venue in Peckham, south London, from 30 Oct to 17 Nov 2012.
Directed by Vik Sivalingam, designed by Andy Robinson, lighting by Jason Ostermanand. Cast includes Joel Trill (Cephus Miles), Pearl Mackie (Woman 1/ Patti Mae), Shvorne Marks (Woman 2 / Myrna).
Home spans some of US history’s most important social and political struggles, from the domestic Civil Rights Movement to the Vietnam War, where the alleged misuse of African American troops caused leaders and critics to describe it as racist:'a white man’s war, a black man’s fight.'
Cephus Miles loves 'the land, the soft beautiful black sod,' and after the deaths of the grandfather and uncle who reared him, it is in the land that he finds solace. However trouble comes quickly beginning with the loss of his childhood sweetheart to another man, being jailed as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War and losing his farm to taxes. Cephus travels north to escape but his past catches up with him sending his life spiraling downward, finally ending with him living rough on the city streets. Will God who’s 'on vacation in Miami' ever take pity on him?