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Bread | Written by Regina Taylor
Directed by Nikki Toombs

Bread is nourishment. Bread is legacy. Bread is life itself. And bread is money. This play by award-winning Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor weaves a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. It is late 2016; a time of change. James and Ruth are a middle-class couple from Oak Cliff, a historic south Dallas neighborhood on the verge of gentrification. They plan a bright future for their teenage son and his soon-to-be-born brother. But when James’ brother Jeb returns home, buried family tensions resurface and the past casts a troubling shadow across an uncertain future. Taylor’s stirring, timely story of identity and family asks: How can we prepare the next generation for what’s to come?

True Colors Theatre Company is proud to introduce a series of staged readings with themes that parallel those in our season productions. We will examine our world through the eyes of characters while creating intimate occasions to engage with patrons.

In advance of our production of Eugene Lee’s “East Texas Hot Links”, we will produce a staged reading of Regina Taylor’s “Bread”. Both plays explore how communities are impacted by the disappearance and death of young Blck men. Join us as we further develop the work of one of the most respected contemporary Black writers.

Event Schedule:

7:30 PM | Pointing out Parallels – An Introduction of Themes
7:45 PM | “Bread” Staged Reading
9:15 PM | Post-Show Discussion