In the Primitive Grace Ensemble's new drama, Cornbread, a Black Iraq War veteran with PTSD, holds hostage a man who he mistakes for an Arab, threatening to crucify him for the horrors he experienced in the war. More…
Cornbread's ex-wife Yolanda (frayed to her own breaking point by the stress of being the lone support to their two interracial children) stumbles upon the plot. She tries to enlist the aid of Cornbread's stable, church-going brother Jim-Bo, also an Iraqi War Vet. At first unwilling to help Yolanda with another of Cornbread's "craziness" Jim-Bo finally succumbs to her pleas when he learns that Cornbread has several assault rifles with which he promises to "rain fire and fury on one and all" after he's done crucifying his "Arab." As Jim-Bo ventures forth to save the man from Cornbread - and Cornbread from himself - he's confronted by a heart of darkness that reaches back generations and now threatens everyone's sanity.
CONTENT WARNING: Please note that this production features nudity, racist language, and graphic violence in a very intimate setting.
See it if you are looking for an intense theatrical experience. Relentless and harrowing.
Don't see it if you want something pleasant or happy, if you are triggered by guns, nudity, racism, inhumanity. This show burned through me into my soul.
See it if you can handle an intense play with a pointed message about how we need to be more attuned to our veterans.
Don't see it if you want a fun,light play. This play makes an impact in a BIG way.
See it if you want to be immersed in the troubles of two brothers suffering from PTSD, war and life horrors that bring them to the point of snapping.
Don't see it if loud shouting, disturbing actions, violence with guns, crucifixion, alcohol and drug abuse would bother you - this is in-your-face action.
See it if want to walk in someone else's shoes, like intense action
Don't see it if nudity, guns, racist language, graphic violence in an intimate setting would distress you
See it if You can stand prolonged torturous screaming in a tiny theatre. It tries to give to the feeling of PTSD.
Don't see it if You have problems with excessive noise or you’re looking for something light and fun. This is HEAVY DUTY!!
See it if Like a 3 person presentation, of what happens, when 2 brothers descends into complex maddness. And how pstd affects others.
Don't see it if Cant stand up close and personal with the actors,and are are affected, by the toll that a Family can be torn apart, about misconceptions
See it if Like being squeezed into a tiny black box theatre with actors too close; portrayal of PTSD black men in the USA; confusing ending
Don't see it if obvious plot-holes undermining actors work; an example of over-acting can shut the audience out; energy of actors doesn’t fit the space
See it if And if you can enjoy energetic hard-working actors alone.
Don't see it if You have trouble deciphering dialogue or find like loud rapid fire dialogue.
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