SAU <3’s Drama presents “The Old Settler,” by John Henry Redwood, to celebrate Black History Month.
Tickets are $5 for students/faculty/alumni. General admission is $8. Reserve your tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In World War II Harlem, New York, a 55-year-old spinster (or, as they were called in those days, an Old Settler), Elizabeth Borny, takes in a young male roomer, Husband Witherspoon, to help her with the rent. Husband has come to Harlem from South Carolina to search for his girlfriend, Lou Bessie Preston. Also living with Elizabeth is her sister, Quilly McGrath, 53. There is an ominous cloud of tension that hangs over Elizabeth and Quilly’s relationship. This tension is further exacerbated when Elizabeth and Husband take to liking each other. Quilly, who doesn’t like Husband living with them in the first place, surely doesn’t approve of their “carrying on,” especially since Elizabeth is old enough to be Husband’s mother. It is this “carrying on” that exposes a 30-year-old wound, which, until now, only had a bandage. Now, the wound can heal for the sisters.