Grambling State University and Dr. King D. Godwin presents the act of Blues for an Alabama Sky,by Pearl Cleage. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is a poem by Maya Angelou and story of Joseph from the bible being sold into slavery correlated Paul Bolin’s director’s note to his theatrical act that was prompt beautifully in the Renaissance Era of the 1930s set in Harlem, New York. What made this act talent astonishing were the GSU lead actors Mionne Destiny Featherstone playing Angel Allen, and Ka’ Darius Gray playing Guy Jacobs.
Allen is a gorgeous woman that has her eyes on the voluptuous life. She dreams with friends that care and keep her in an around the clock act. Her best friend,
Jacobs, is also a flamboyant dreamer of a lavishly extraordinary lifestyle. Their friends Delia Patterson and Dr. Sam Thomas are supportive of their lifestyle dreams, but they live a more conservative life of wealth. Patterson and Thomas, after a while, catch strong feelings for each other. Everything will soon start to move fast for Angel. She finds a man that is widowed and quickly falls in a lustful companionship with, Leland Cunningham, but when he makes a bold stand she falls in love and later gets pregnant by him. This accidently neglects Jacobs prophetic plans they agreed upon. Which torments a road of destruction, events of confusion, and deceit. No one makes it out with the same person they began with. This deep realism life sequence of the Renaissance Era made the act of this play come to life. The audience of the night was surprised to see such a profound performance and costly ending.
Featherstone is from Atlanta, GA. and in her third year at Grambling. “I have been acting since birth,” said Featherstone. She wants to be an actor for as long as she can remember and take it seriously. An Oscar is waiting for her after a performance of Angel Allen in Blues for an Alabama Sky. She puts her heart in the talent of being a performer. “Acting is away to get away from reality because the world is so messed up, and I know of my history, I know that there are people whose lives are much worst than mine,” said Featherstone. You can contact or follow her social media
@mionnedestiny for Instagram, snapchat, and sound cloud.
Gray, lead actor, is a senior and has been acting ever since his freshman year. He has a love for acting and is looking to pursue it as a main goal. Godwin really played a big part to his talent from the beginning and considers him a role model. He is very dedicated man for the art and the President of GSU’s NADSA (National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts). Look for him, a brother Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and on snapchat @kuntry_zolanski.