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York College Theatre program to present 'Blacktop Sky' from Feb. 20 to 22 in Perko

February 10, 2020
Actors from Blacktop Sky standing on playground equipment
"Blacktop Sky" will feature (left to right) J'Von Weems as Klass and Craig Babineaux as Wynn. Photo by Suzanne Delle.

York College’s Theatre Program kicks off its 2020 season with the new play "Blacktop Sky" from Feb. 20 to 22 in the Perko black box in Waldner Performing Arts Center. Written by Christina Anderson and directed by Harrisburg-area playwright and director Paul Hood, the production includes performances at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, 21 and 22, and a 3 p.m. matinee on Feb. 22. Tickets are free, but seats can be reserved at www.ycp.edu/theatre or by calling the box office at 717-600-3868.

This contemporary play focuses on three African-American teenagers trying to make their dreams come true. Ida, played by Jane Ahamdi, a senior nursing major from Hanover, wants to escape the projects where she grew up, but when she witnesses a violent police confrontation and bonds with a young homeless man, played by J’von Weems, a junior fine art major from Baltimore, she finds herself making choices that will affect her future. Theatre major and 2018 graduate Craig Babineaux returns to campus to round out the cast.

"Blacktop Sky" examines the intersection of love, poverty, violence, and seduction and asks audiences to think about world events and how they affect the next generation. York College's production is directed by Hood, who last directed the Fall 2018 play "Nat Turner in Jerusalem," and designed by past Theatre majors Devon Morgan ’18 and Tiffany Zellner ’19 alongside Washington, D.C.-area sound designer Tosin Olufolabi.