The stage play, "Grandpa’s Truth," touches on issues and challenges facing Black and Brown communities as a result of the current demographic shifts in the Los Angeles area. When an African American family adopts two Hispanic children, racial tensions between two neighbors rise. This just doesn’t make sense to Benjamin Richardson, an African-American father of four in the original stage play Grandpa’s Truth, making its world debut at the Inglewood Playhouse.
The situation is exacerbated as Benjamin, competing with his co-worker Juan Garcia for a promotion, struggles to make sense of the changes that are occurring at his job and in his neighborhood. His insecurities and shortsightedness, coupled with ignorance and bigotry, lead him to force his youngest son Frankie to sever all ties with his closest friend Peter, who happens to be Mexican-American. Frankie, who is miserable without his best pal Pete, prays for his recently deceased Grandfather, Solomon Ulysses Truth, to return and make things right. He gets the surprise of his life when his prayer is answered. Grandpa Truth lives up to his name as he forces Benjamin to see that the racism and bigotry he espouses towards Hispanic-Americans is no different than the racism he himself has faced as an African-American. "Grandpa’s Truth is not a panacea for all that ails the two communities. However, the play does cause one to stop and reflect on the message which is designed to bring Black and Brown communities together rather than divide them.
The play opened at the Playhouse on February 3 and has been extended for a third run, through April 23.
Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday performances are at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; children under 12 and seniors, $15. Tickets can be purchased online at TicketWeb.com and or by calling (866) 468-3399. The Inglewood Playhouse is located at 714 Warren Lane, Inglewood, CA 90203. It is in the center of Edward Vincent Park. For additional information visit www.grandpastruth.com.
What the critics are saying…
"Grandpa's Truth is a warm, compelling production that tackles racial and familial issues that will leave audience members laughing, crying and perhaps contemplating the issues that have impacted different cultures in Los Angeles." - Our Weekly Los Angeles
"This is a 4½ STAR stage play. Go see it or suffer 'I told you so' when it's playing on Broadway! A live stage play with 'everything cooking in it' enlightening, enjoyable." - Long Beach Times
"...light moments...likable characters...message of trust and tolerance...family-friendly melodrama...Nora's set and James W. Jones III's lighting design establish a comfy colorful backdrop for the material's uplifting moral." - LA Weekly