- Written by Kelvin Cowans
The 2014 season of Flo Roach’s “BLACK SOAP,” Memphis’ own black soap opera, has given audiences an up close and personal look at the hijinks of the family and friends of millionaire patriarch Marvin Chambers, who introduced his new fiancée, threatened to change his will, and was hospitalized after being found unconscious the next morning.
Marvin, it has been revealed, is seriously allergic to shrimp. Now his new fiancée – a former stripper – is about to make a life-changing confession to his son, M.J., with whom she shared one night of booze and passion some 15 years ago.
Is this a case of chickens coming home to roost? And who poisoned Marvin? The answers will be revealed in “BLACK SOAP VI,” the concluding episode in this season’s three-part storyline.
Written, produced and directed by Florence (Flo) Roach, “Black Soap VI” stars Ben Greene (Marvin Chambers Sr.), Carolyn Kent (Renee), Lonnie Coleman (M.J.), Laverne Bobo (Aunt Trudy), Rick Bobo (Richard), Nadine Burton (Pastor Hopson), Patrice Campbell (Tina), Brenda Deener (The Maid), Kenneth Farmer (Mason), Derek Hunter (Anthony the Butler), Mose Yvonne Nicholson (Pam), Sandra Bray (Detective Anderson), Aundra M. Segrest (Detective Lancaster), Wanda Shaw (Ms. Frankie) and others. Courtney Franklin is music director.
“Black Soap VI” will be on stage Oct. 17-19th at the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center at St. Mary's Episcopal School, 60 Perkins Extended (38117). Show times are 7 p.m. on Oct. 17-18th and 3 p.m. on Oct. 19th.
Tickets for the stage production, which is presented by Ettaro Theater Company and Ettaro Fine Arts Foundation, are: Advance, $20 for general admission; $35 for VIP reserved seating. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 general admission and $40 VIP. VIP tickets are only available for the opening night performance and the ticket price includes both the show and a reception with food and drinks. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17th.
Tickets also are available online at www.floroach.com. For more information, call 901-331-3515.
(The two previous episodes in the 2014 storyline can be viewed online at www.blacksoapopera.com.)
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom