UAPB Theatrical Season to debut with Hope’s Return November 19


Hope's Return

Hope’s brother Lewis (Corvez Hudson), is excited about Hope’s arrival home as Carla the concerned neighbor (Ebonee Workcuff), and Hope’s ex-boyfriend (Nicholas Williams) look on. Hope (Justice Hinton) is embraced by her Mother Virgy (Robin Roberts) as Father El (Jordan Whitmore) places his hand on her shoulder. The show will run November 19-21 at UAPB. (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff/Tisha D. Arnold)

Love. Isolation. War. Prayer.  All of these elements are essential in the unraveling of the play, Hope’s Return by Nikki Skies. This upcoming production of the 2015-2016 John-McLinn Ross Player’s Pivotal season is sure to illuminate societal issues.  In this enticing play, Hope, a soldier, was sent to war to serve her country. Upon her return home to Georgia to live a normal life, reality indicates that it’s much easier said than done.  She struggles with the desire to pursue dreams of becoming a teacher while her religious family wants her back in church and traumatic flashback experiences from the war want her back in Iraq. The production will run November 19-20 at 7:00 pm nightly with a 1:00 pm matinee on the 21st. The performance will be held in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. General admission tickets are $10/person. Veterans will be admitted free of charge.

Angela Griffith-Newkirk, director of theatre at UAPB said she chose to do this play in an effort to bring awareness to the lack of visibility of women in the military. Noting also that there is a shortage of African-American female playwrights like Nikki Skies and African-American female lead roles in the industry, it confirmed her desire to do the production.

“We want to send out the message [to encourage those affected] to get help,” Newkirk said.

For more information about the production, call (870) 575-8428, or email


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