The Amen Corner at Stage Aurora

Stage Aurora’s The Amen Corner

The large set covered three sections of the Aurora Stage, with Margaret’s home kitchen on the far left, the church with its stained glass windows, piano, and folding chairs in the center, and on the far right, a bedroom in the home used by her ailing husband.

“The Amen Corner” was produced by DARRYL REUBEN HALL, Founder and Executive Director of Stage Aurora. Mr. Hall has enriched the local theatre scene for over ten years with his commitment to bringing the staging of the rich African-American experience to North Florida theatre patrons. Stage Aurora in October 2013 participated in the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and Mr. Hall’s original script, “Frat House,” won a festival award for “Favorite Script Playwright.”

“The Amen Corner” was very capably directed by DEE QUARANTA, with TERESA SMITH, as Stage Manager, ALVIN MITCHELL on lights, and EDWARD HALL and THOMAS LAW as the Set Designers.

We enjoyed our first ever James Baldwin play and are looking forward to two upcoming Stage Aurora productions, with DREAMGIRLS on January 31, 2014, followed by A RAISIN IN THE SUN in March.

About Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom

The Dual Critics of EU Jacksonville have been reviewing plays together for the past nine years. Dick Kerekes has been a critic since 1980, starting with The First Coast Entertainer and continuing as the paper morphed into EU Jacksonville. Leisla Sansom wrote reviews from time to time in the early 80s, but was otherwise occupied in the business world. As a writing team, they have attended almost thirty Humana Festivals of New America Plays at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, and many of the annual conferences sponsored by the American Theatre Critics Association, which are held in cities throughout the country. They have reviewed plays in Cincinnati, Chicago, Miami, Sarasota, Minneapolis, Orlando, New York, Philadelphia, Sarasota, San Francisco, Shepherdstown, and The Eugene O’Neill Center in Waterford, Massachusetts. They currently review about one hundred plays annually in the North Florida area theaters, which include community, college, university, and professional productions.