Meet Avery Owens

YOUR NAME: Avery Owens
CHARACTER TRAITS: Cocky, Stylish, Self-Absorbed, Close-Minded

Had you read or seen the play before this production and if so can you share your first experience/reaction after reading/seeing the play?

I read the play in school and saw it on Broadway when Sean “Diddy” Combs and Phylicia Rashad were in the cast.

Why did you become interested in this production?

It is a powerful story and overall a vital snapshot of the American Black Family in the years between the end of WWII and the height of the Civil Rights Movement. To be involved in any capacity is a fantastic opportunity!

Do you share any similarities with the character you are portraying?

I do not share any similarities with George; I believe women should have a voice and should aspire to be more than they are expected to be. I think George is a personification of what my Mom calls the “Caged In The Head” mentality: he is OK with abandoning his roots and assimilating with white culture while looking down on other black people. I think this mentality exists today, but that is not a part of my personality.

This show takes on the themes of racial intolerance, the discovery of one’s culture and sacrificing for family – all themes that are still relevant in today’s world. How are you preparing to tackle these themes and what message do you want to portray to audiences?

I want to portray George in a light that makes him look like he is comfortable with who he is; to the point that he won’t accept other forms of thought. Someone who has ultimately ignored “knowledge-of-self” and doesn’t care about his heritage. Not someone you would pity, but more someone that you realize exists today.