ABOUT THE PROJECT
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Since 1935, the opera Porgy and Bess has received national and worldwide acclaim yet it did not debut in Charleston, SC, the city of its birth, until 1970 due to racial tension. The amateur production received national attention and was credited for “bringing the races together.” Every cast member went on to do formidable things, including two former South Carolina House and a presidentially appointed speech pathologist. CHARLESTON 2016 (working title) is a documentary that will give a detailed look into the history of the opera and will include untold stories of the original actors from the 1970 Gaillard Auditorium production. In examining this controversial opera, the documentarians beg the questions to all people: What does it mean to unify? Who will play an active role in how our respective cultural histories are recorded?
GENRE Feature Documentary
DIRECTOR Roberta Marie Munroe, Lauren Waring Douglas
PRODUCER Roberta Marie Munroe, Lauren Waring Douglas
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