Saint Louis Story Stitchers Announce Casting Call for "The WHY of MY City"

By: Saint Louis Story Stitchers
ST. LOUIS - March 20, 2023 - PRLog -- The WHY of MY City is a multi-year signature program that captures and documents pieces of black history through written word and art while training the next generation to become active, engaged citizens. Our goal is that programs become a force multiplier, rippling into families, schools, and neighborhoods, offering solutions to common urban problems.

Saint Louis Story Stitchers has commissioned playwright Mario Farwell to write a new script for The WHY of MY City, centering on St. Louis's Black neighborhoods and historic figures. The new play will be presented to the public June 15 and 16, 2023, as part of Juneteenth celebration.

Playwright: Mario Farwell, playwright and director, is a native of St. Louis Missouri. Farwell will, along with Bobby Norfolk, work with youth to transform the recorded interviews into the outline for a new multidisciplinary performance work. He attended the University of MO at Kansas City and received a B.A in Theater. While in Kansas City, he founded The Black and Avant-Garde Theater. After graduating college, he moved to New York City and lived there for twenty-six years. His plays and musicals have been produced off-off Broadway in NYC, San Diego, CA, Minneapolis, MN, St. Louis, MO, Boston, and Africa. Mario Farwell is the founder and current director of the St. Louis Writers' Group in St. Louis, MO. This is Mario's first project with Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

The play will include community members and will be staged at the .ZACK Theatre at Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Story Stitchers is honored to work with Gregory S. Carr as director. This is Gregory's first project with Saint Louis Story Stitchers.

Director: Gregory S. Carr is a St. Louis storyteller, writer-director-actor and Living History Presenter.

Synopsis of the play: Wanda, a young African American, returns to St. Louis after graduating high school.  She wants to explore opportunities, but Zoot Suit, a well-known gangster, entices her to come work for him.   The community rallies to prevent Wanda from making a serious mistake and with the help of Scott Joplin, Madam CJ Walker, Cool Papa Bell and Tina Turner, they manage to save her from the clutches of Zoot Suit.

The WHY of MY City
The Center, 3701 Grandel Sq, 1A, St. Louis, MO 63108
May 10, 6:00-10:00 PM Auditions and Interviews
May 13, 12:00-5:00 PM, Casting Call and Auditions
May 17, 6:00-10:00 PM Call Backs

PERFOMANCE: June 15 and 16, 2023 at 7:00
.ZACK Theatre, 3224 Locust, ST. Louis, 63103
TICKETS: $10 on MetroTix

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