Take the Reins ( aka Sugar’s All Black Rodeo) is a contemporary Western drama with a unique perspective – that of the indomitable Sugar Thompson, daughter of the famed Babe Thompson, founder of the historic All Black Rodeo. In her quest to be the first African American national barrel racing champion, Sugar finds racism, unexpected love and redemption in a divided Montana town. Written by Belle Allen and Michael Amundsen and based on a story by Josephine Swan and Marsha Rosenzweig Pincus, Take the Reins is a hopeful tale for these contentious times.
Best Feature Screenplay in the Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival!!!
On the Corner of Eden and Grace, a semi-autobiographical coming of age screenplay by Marsha Pincus, comes along just in time for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Woodstock. Eden and Grace takes us back to the historic summer of 1969 and follows the struggles of 17 year old aspiring photographer Rosie Golden, her broken family and her alienated friends. As heroin invades this suburban Philadelphia neighborhood, Rosie’s struggle to save her friends without destroying herself is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Thirty years ago, students in Marsha Pincus’ English class at Simon Gratz High School wrote original plays that were produced professionally in Philadelphia and New York. Simon Gratz was a comprehensive neighborhood high school in the heart of the African American community and the program occurred during a time when the schools in that community were neglected and underfunded. The plays were conceived, written, revised and produced under the auspices of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Program a unique student-centered arts education non-profit organization whose mission is to tap the potential of youth through playwriting. Playing with the Possible reunites several of these students, now nearly 50 years old, with each other, their teacher and the theater professionals who supported their work to take a look back to explore the impact this innovative arts program had on their lives. In what ways were their futures and the futures of their children affected by the writing and subsequent production of their plays? What happened in the classroom that enabled and supported them in telling their stories? What can we learn about literacy, agency, developmental psychology and pedagogy from these stories? And what urgent lessons can be learned about the importance of arts programs for all young people in every school?
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