The Color Purple

Tracy Winborn Parham and  Cecil Washington, Jr.  Photo by Beau Gustafson

Tracy Winborn Parham and
Cecil Washington, Jr.
Photo by Beau Gustafson

Red Mountain Theatre’s performance of The Color Purple, February 2-18, is an evocative chronicle of a journey through abuse and powerlessness to a triumph over a lifetime of adversity.

From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film comes a stage musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish, and hope to discover the power of love and life. Through love, she’ll find the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her voice in the world.

The play chronicles the trials and difficulties of African-American women living in the rural South in the early decades of the 20th century.

Leading members of the cast include   Myiesha Duff as Celie, Cecil Washington, Jr. as Mister, Caprenia Anthony as Shug, Tracy Winborn Parham as Sofia, Cameron White as Harpo, and Tierney Breedlove as Nettie.

Tracy Winborn Parham is an incredible actor and singer who wowed audiences in the RMTC production of Dreamgirls last spring. A graduate of Huffman High School class of 2000, she is member of The Harvest Place Christian Church where she is a part of the choir “One Sound” and worship leader.

Parham and her husband, Curtis Lee Parham, have four children.

Parham made her debut performance in 2016 as Grandma Vi in the stage play When the Devil Creeps In, written and directed by Tiana Thompson. Parham is looking forward to future endeavors and following the dreams and vision that God has placed in front of her. This quote by Maya Angelou inspires her: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Part of the old guard acting troupe at Red Mountain is Cecil Washington, Jr. He is playing the role of Mister in this production. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Alabama State University along with a certificate in film and television from The New York Cchool of Dramatic Arts in New York. Washington has performed in countless shows such as Les Miserables, The Color Purple, Memphis The Musical, and Othello; just to name a few. He has also appeared on “Law & Order” and in numerous independent films and commercials. He recently played Sam Cooke in the world premiere of “The Sam Cooke Story.” Washington says he is excited to be returning home to Red Mountain Theatre Company.

The strength of community theatre lies in its vital connection to the community it serves. Red Mountain often partners with community groups during production runs, often bringing the message of the theatrical work out into the city itself. That is the case with this performance of The Color Purple. A partner in the production is One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, a collaboration between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, City of Birmingham-Birmingham Police Department, YWCA Central Alabama, and the Crisis Center, Inc. One Place provides coordinated services to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together under one roof.

The abusive situations dramatized in The Color Purple have an all-too-real counterpart outside the theatre’s walls. A reality One Place battles against.

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