‘Sunset Baby’ will shine on LCC stage
By Ali Williams
A & E Editor
Check out the LCC production of “Sunset Baby” on Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 4-5. The show starts at 8 p.m. each night at the Black Box Theatre (GB 1422).
Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for others.
The play is written by Dominque Morisseau and directed by LCC instructor Deb Keller. The play stars Ndegwa McCloud as Kenyatta, Miah Nash as Nina and Trvyn Friar as Damon.
“Sunset Baby” focuses on Black Revolutionary Kenyatta Shakur, his daughter Nina and her boyfriend Damon. It is set in the Bronx in 2011 after Kenyatta is released from prison.
“I love each character,” Keller said. “They have to make tough choices, they are smart and driven, passionate and raw, caring and also guarded because of their own life traumas.”
Nina is known as a hustler in the Bronx. She helps her boyfriend sell drugs and robs men for their money, Nash said.
Damon and Nina have a goal of raveling and seeing the world. Friar said they want to go to Paris or Brazil to flee the area they live in.
Nina is considering selling the letters she and her late mother, Ashanti, wrote to her father while he was in jail. Nash said the letters are worth a lot of money, and historians, reporters and her father want them.
“It (the letters) is the only thing she (Nina) has left of her mother,” Nash said. “But, everyone wants them. They’re worth a lot of money and she knows this.”
One of the plotlines in the play is Nina and Kenyatta’s negative relationship. Nina has grown up without a father. When Kenyatta is released from prison, he would rather get the letters instead of building a relationship with his daughter, McCloud said.
“The relationship is very damaged,” McCloud said. “But, he wants the letters and will stop at nothing to get them.”
Nash said that Nina is hurt because she believes her father chose the Black Liberation movement over her and her mother.
McCloud said Kenyatta was in jail for armed robbery, which he committed for the Black Liberation movement.
The movement lasted from 1965 to 1985, and Kenyatta was one of the leaders who helped organize the protests, McCloud said.
The play is open to everyone. Tickets can be bought online on the LCC website.