Night Blooms

night blooms2Night Blooms was written by Atlanta playwright Margaret Baldwin, her time spending summers and holidays at her grandmother’s Selma home served as inspiration.

This comedy/drama centers around two families who live through personal and social change when an unexpected visitor arrives. As a rare, night-blooming cactus begins its annual show on the porch of one family, historic political events occur, and the son of the other family prepares to march from Selma to Montgomery in a stand for voting rights. But while politics is woven into the story, family issues, propelled by current events, are the focus.

Critics write that Night Blooms is “like a heady mix of Tennessee Williams and Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel “The Help.”

Night Blooms gives us real people, who with all their flaws, and there are some doozies on display, are so loved by the playwright and the company of actors that we can’t help but love them too,” wrote Phil Kloer, ArtsCriticAtl.com.

Night Blooms won the 2011 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for best new play by an Atlanta playwright.

Baldwin and the cast from Kennesaw State University will host a Talk Back following the reading. Baldwin teaches, writes and directs theatre productions through the KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. She earned an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is a member of several theatre guilds.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Allez-Oup on Broad Street, Selma. Advance purchase is recommended. There will be limited ticket availability at the door. ArtsRevive is located by the river at 3 Church St.