In this original work from local author and national figure Al Letson, John Coffey (the character from the movie The Green Mile) sits in a waiting room with his friends Bagger Vance (The Legend of Bagger Vance), Mother Abigail (The Stand) and god (From Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty). The small group patiently waits for someone to watch their movies so they can go off to work. A new character, Legba, a shady con-man (or saintly gentleman, depending on your point of view), joins the room with answers and a lot of questions. He tells the characters they are in the Room of Magical Negroes – a purgatory of a sorts for black fictitious characters waiting to be released into the world. Legba wonders aloud why are they in this room in the first place? What is their purpose in life? Why can’t they use their magical powers for themselves? These questions begin to eat away at John Coffey as he is ordered to report to The Green Mile. In a fit of defiance John refuses to go and thus upsets the balance of the universe. Every story has its place, make believe or true, and if one story doesn’t play its part, all of creation is in jeopardy.
The 5 & Dime presented this original work in the planetarium of Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History. MOSH strongly believes in connecting the people of Jacksonville and those in the surrounding communities to the art and culture that is happening within their city.
Director: MICHELLE SIMKULET
Stage Manager / Lighting Board: EVAN GOULD
Production Manager: LEE HAMBY
Sets / Costumes / Props: LEE HAMBY
Marketing Coordinator: JUDY GOULD
Graphic Design: SHELBY MCLACHLEN
Video Promotion: ABIGAIL SAENZ
Box Office Manager: KRYSTEN BENNETT
Volunteer Coordinator: CRAIG LEAVITT
Program: EVAN GOULD, UPS Store #4509