Echoes Of The Past weaves in and out of history to explore the turning points in the lives of five African and African American women of remarkable strength and courage. Each character comes with a concise background and narrative along with subtle costume pieces to set the stage. This dramatic performance takes a look at what it has been like to be black and female over a time span of 150 years.
The play opens with Henrietta King, an old enslaved woman who begins to move us along this time-line with an incredibly moving story of ” What slave days was like.” Spotlighted are the vital turning points in the lives of remarkable and courageous women including antislavery activist Sojourner Truth, journalist Ida B. Wells, and fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Eckford, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who integrated Central High (Little Rock, Arkansas) in 1957. The performance ends with the courageous battle of the children of South Africa, known as the Uprising of Soweto relived through the words of Winnie Mandela.
Maxine Maxwell is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts. As an actor, Ms. Maxwell has toured throughout the country. She has worked in New York as both a solo artist and as a member of performing ensembles. Her past credits include the national tour of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide. . . . When The Rainbow Is Enough.” She originated the roles in “Voices of Hope” and “I Can Feel It In My Bones” and has also appeared as a solo artist at New York’s famous Apollo Theater.
“Maxine was absolutely great again today! Delightful and dynamic. The response from the students was lovely… She is very talented and very classy!” – Lyle Rupert, Director – Arkansas Governor’s School
“…..emotionally riveting.” – Wytheville Community College
” Your performance was incredible, many of my friends were in tears. .. it was amazing.” – Hamline University
“She captivated the audience from the moment she took the stage.” – Appalachian State University
“. . . a powerful celebration of the remarkable strength and courage of several great African American women.” – Gardner-Webb University
“She mesmerized the audience. . . it was a very intimate experience being with her. . . She’s terrific, we just loved her!” – Harford Community College