SING ME TO THE OTHER SIDE - Sweet Dreams, Sugar - Katie

Author Gwen Flager
Houston, Texas

PLAY DESCRIPTION

The May 14, 1961, Mother's Day celebration in Bynum, Alabama, planned by the adult children of Lorean Stephens, is overshadowed by the attack of white supremacists on a Greyhound bus bound for Anniston, carrying not only Freedom Riders, but also Lorean's youngest daughter. The convictions of the Stephens' family are put to the test when plans unravel, secrets are revealed and the stranded bus is firebombed on the side of the road. No one is prepared for the impact of the hate and injustice growing in Calhoun County. Lorean Stephens will always remember this Mother’s Day.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: Mother`s Day weekend, May, 1961                                

Situation: Katie, an ER nurse, and her family learn that her younger sister Chrissy is returning home to Calhoun County for Mother`s Day on a Greyhound bus, carrying Freedom Riders. Chrissy’s bus is targeted for attack by white supremacists. Katie witnesses the stranded bus firebombed with the riders being beaten while exiting the burning bus.  Her sister is clubbed as she exits the bus. Katie cares for her unresponsive sister at the hospital and confides to her the reason she became a nurse.

Subject Matter: Grief, Compassion, Confession, Love, Memory, Sisters                        

Note from Playwright: I watched various documentaries of the Freedom Rides and read Raymond Arsenault's book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. I wanted to write a play that reflected the impact of racial struggles on everyone in a community and the unforeseen consequences of hate and prejudice.


Supplemental Info: See Videos below to watch one PBS documentary and hear an NPR Fresh Air Interview with the book author that inspired the play SING ME TO THE OTHER SIDE, from which this monologue is taken. 

The full script SING ME TO THE OTHER SIDE  is available to read on MonologueBank.

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  • Source
    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Adult 30-40
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Female, Lesbian
  • Character Ethnicity
    White
  • Genre
    Drama, Historical Drama
  • Period
    Contemporary
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    LGBTPQQIA/Non-Binary
  • Writer Ethnicity
    White
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Watch one of the documentaries about Freedom Riders that inspired the Playwright.

Hear an interview with Raymond Arsenault about Freedom Riders.

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