Crumbs from the Table of Joy
The story takes place in 1950 while America is dealing with the after effects of World War II, the start of the Cold War, and bracing itself for the Civil Rights movement. Crumbs is a memory play told through Ernestine, a seventeen year old, African-American young woman whose family is dealing with their own realities of change. TAfter the death of his wife, a man named Godfrey Crump finds religion and decides to move his family to Brooklyn, New York City. It starts out with only him and his two daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, but they are quickly joined by Godfrey’s wife’s sister, Lily, who is a Communist, and Godfrey’s new wife, Gerte, a German woman he met on the subway. It truly is a time of change. Craziness and dysfunctional life result.
Includes late teen, young adult, early teen, adult, mature adult characters