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‘Papa’s Bathtub Gin’ presented at Barbara Morrison Theater

Staged reading provides patrons with a taste of things to come

Gregg Reese OW Contributor | 5/31/2018, 10:21 a.m.
The quaint enclave of Leimert Park continues to hold up the mantel of creative..
Papas Gin

The quaint enclave of Leimert Park continues to hold up the mantel of creative aspirations within Los Angeles’ African American community, as local dramatists toil to mount a new, original stage play within its confines.

Written by Cleveland native Teddy Hayes, “Papa’s Bathtub Gin” is set in his home town during the 1930s, as the Black community attempts to weather the Great Depression through the manufacture of illegal liquor, ala “bathtub gin.” During the course of their efforts to make ends meet, the principles run across the ire of Caucasian local crime bosses, along with bickering and intrigue within their own ranks.

Hayes is a veteran of the landmark Karamu (Swahili for “gathering place”) House (https://www.karamuhouse.org/), the century-old African American theater company in East Cleveland. This particular offering was initially mounted in London, England, in 2016 where Hayes has resided in recent years. “Papa’s Bathtub Gin” is based on Hayes’ personal family history as they transitioned from the South to the Middle West.     

“Papa’s Bathtub Gin” held its first public presentation in the United States at Leimert Park’s Vision Theater (ironically around the corner from Barbara Morrison’s performance space) in August of 2017, as part of their annual summer festival of staged readings. This performance was inhibited by time constraints, as the reading ran over and the theater operators attempted to abbreviate the showing, but the audience prevailed upon them to let it run its course.

Assuming the producer’s duties as well as filling in as a cast member is Ian Foxx, better known to locals as a photographer for portraits and social events around the city. His theatrical leanings nStaged reading provides patrons with a taste of things to come

By Gregg Reese

OW Contributor

The quaint enclave of Leimert Park continues to hold up the mantel of creative aspirations within Los Angeles’ African American community, as local dramatists toil to mount a new, original stage play within its confines.

Written by Cleveland native Teddy Hayes, “Papa’s Bathtub Gin” is set in his home town during the 1930s, as the Black community attempts to weather the Great Depression through the manufacture of illegal liquor, ala “bathtub gin.” During the course of their efforts to make ends meet, the principles run across the ire of Caucasian local crime bosses, along with bickering and intrigue within their own ranks.

Hayes is a veteran of the landmark Karamu (Swahili for “gathering place”) House (https://www.karamuhouse.org/), the century-old African American theater company in East Cleveland. This particular offering was initially mounted in London, England, in 2016 where Hayes has resided in recent years. “Papa’s Bathtub Gin” is based on Hayes’ personal family history as they transitioned from the South to the Middle West.     

“Papa’s Bathtub Gin” held its first public presentation in the United States at Leimert Park’s Vision Theater (ironically around the corner from Barbara Morrison’s performance space) in August of 2017, as part of their annual summer festival of staged readings. This performance was inhibited by time constraints, as the reading ran over and the theater operators attempted to abbreviate the showing, but the audience prevailed upon them to let it run its course.