William A. Parker

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
William A. Parker’s play “Waitin’ 2 End Hell” is a cautionary tale. It’s a drama with a moral component, about a Black family that’s on the verge of breaking up due to conflicting egos and competing careers. Here’s a scene in which the husband gets some bad news from a friend. (sound) Meantime, the wife is having a conversation with her boyfriend. (sound) If either of those scenes reminds you of somebody you’ve met, or a relationship you’ve observed, then William Parker has accomplished one of his primary goals. (I think that one of the most important things that can occur…) Parker – who grew up in Stockton, and now lives in Sacramento -- has written the script in which most of the characters chat in a Black conversational style, which is a little different than the language we typically hear on stage. (sound) The reaction from the audience is also a little bit different. When you’re at a performance of one of Parker’s plays, it’s common to hear a lot of backtalk from the black members of the audience, responding to the action on stage – and this is exactly that the playwright is hoping for. (Call and response.) This tour of “Waitin’ 2 End Hell” is directed by Broadway producer and Obie award winner Woodie King Jr. The show plays Thursday through Sunday in the Sacramento High School Auditorium on 34th St in Sacramento. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ news. (Music out.)