PRLog - Sep. 4, 2014 - BOULDER, Colo. -- – (Orlando, Florida. – September 2nd, 2014) Erik V Wolter’s Break the Stage tells the story of Tia Lewis, a troubled teen at an urban Florida high school, who struggles to win her father's approval and the respect of her step team, only to discover she must confront her own faults before she can lead the team to the Nationals. Tia's journey of self-discovery includes an ensemble cast of multi-racial high school students, each with their own personal issues, who clash with Tia's style and her inability to deal with the death of her mother and her father's unrealistic expectations.
"Being free won't guarantee people will respect you. Being free doesn't mean people will respect your dream of what you want in life... what you want to be. Where does that come from? How do you get anyone to listen?"
Denied the freedom to communicate, against the rules of their owners, slaves clapped their hands, stomped their feet, and uttered sounds to preserve their culture. Step, or Greek Letter Style Stepping is a form of dance, innovated over 700 years ago of Afro centric origin. It has been modernized and popularized since as early as the Harlem Renaissance by historically African American fraternities and sororities, beginning in the early 1900s.
But for Tia, as a black girl and supposedly free today, she couldn't help but wonder if slaves back then didn't want more than just being legally free.
Author Erik V Wolter, screenwriter and former high school teacher in Florida, lives with his wife Nancy and their two dogs in Boulder, Colorado.