A Clayton County version of “Swamp Gravy” is coming to Clayton State University and Stately Oaks.
The Clayton State Theatre, recent Clayton State graduate and theatre major Kalani Fraser (Fayetteville), and the Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro are joining together to produce a theatrical production that will debut next fall in the Clayton State Theatre. Fraser, a 2010 graduate of Clayton State, has been commissioned by Stately Oaks in the person of Historical Jonesboro’s Barbara Emert to create what Clayton State Theatre Director Phillip DePoy describes as a “Swamp Gravy-style theatrical production” that will serve as the theatre’s fall 2011 production.
What’s a “Swamp-Gravy-style theatrical production?” DePoy, who is also one of the foremost Georgia folklorists, knows…
“Around 20 years ago, the town of Colquitt, Ga., commissioned a play about local stores, folklore, family histories and the show went very well. It's now become a kind of cottage industry for that area,” he explains. “Since then, many small towns have decided to create their own projects of this sort.”
Clayton County’s version of Swamp Gravy will, after its initial showing at Clayton State, go on to be presented to the public, possibly the following summer or thereafter, says DePoy, who also thanks, in addition to Stately Oaks, Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, Jr., College of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi, and Visual and Performing Arts Chair Dr. Susan Tusing for their support of the project.
“This is a great project and a very nice collaboration between our theatre division, our alumnus, this fine local historical entity, and the community at large,” he adds.