TOMMY J & SALLY, Black Theatre Troupe, November 28 - December 14, 2014
By Mark Medoff
A young African-American man, Tommy J forces his way into the Manhattan loft of Sally Hemmings, a famous white pop singer whose latest anthem is about racial harmony. He insists that her real name is Madeline Rosenberg, a girl shaped by her Jewish culture, who has since reinvented herself, taking on the name of Thomas Jefferson’s black slave-mistress. He also claims that, as a teen in Phoenix, he was taken in by the Rosenberg family and watched her fledgling attempts at songwriting. An intense examination and study about black/white relations, Tommy J & Sally looks at race from both sides of the color line, exposing not only the inevitable tensions but also the yearning for reconciliation, forgiveness and redemption.