Dreaming in Black and White
July 7,8,9 and July 14,15,16
Summer, 1963. Danville, Virginia. Here and elsewhere in the South, civil rights protests are dividing the races. Half a world away, a war is heating up that’ll also have folks choosing sides. Less ominous but vying for attention are a looming presidential election and a down-to-the-wire race for the National League pennant.
Against this backdrop, we meet Sonny – white, bitter, suffering the effects of rheumatic heart disease – who hopes to live long enough to see his son play major league baseball; Pearlene – black and poor – who dreams of seeing her troubled son employed; Sister – Sonny’s live-in, care-giving sister – who seeks a life free of Sonny’s manipulation; Lucille – a wacky friend and confidant prone to visions – who’s finding her way in a changing South; and Charlie – Lucille’s husband – who fears change.
Dreams and fears collide when Pearlene is hired to help care for Sonny who’s chased away dozens of other would-be caretakers. The pair form a bond based on a their mutual interest in baseball and their dreams for their sons. Too bad the bond is severely tested by a series of twists, turns and reversals. Along the way, enemies are revealed and defeated, relationships are ended and begun, and dreams are considered and reconciled.