Episode 29: Daybreak’s Children

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Jozsa interview Actor, Director, Playwright and Producer India Burton.

“We can’t ignore the fact that they have scripts on the stage.”

  • Daybreak’s Children by John Dayo-Aliya explores the black experience in present day America.  But it’s a story that surpasses cultural boundaries.  Sammie, the oldest child and only son, has returned to the family home after the loss of his male lover.  Educated at Columbia University, Sammie is unable to find a job in provincial Memphis, Tennessee.  When Sammie suspects his father of relapsing on his crack addiction, the family can no longer keep their skeletons in the closet.
  • Working with a playwright who is in the rehearsal hall
  • In a staged-reading, you can’t do things “realistically”
  • The Director as Teacher: struggles working with young actors
  • The difference between African-American actors and Caucasian actors
  • Breaking clichés and stereotypes
  • Does Chekov speak to African-Americans?
  • African-American music and its American roots
  • Bad habits of untrained actors
  • The “Chitlin’ Circuit”
  • Fellow University of Akron graduate Anthony Dalton featured in Tyler Perry’s Laugh to Keep from Crying
  • India and Religious Plays
  • TRUTH Be Told Theatrical Company at the University of Akron
  • The “GAY” issue
  • Daybreak’s Children plays November 17-19 at 8 pm with a special matinee on Saturday at 3 pm.  Tickets are $12 or pay-what-you-can.  Call 330.990.5138 for reservations or visit the Facebook Page for more info.


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