One in a series.
The role of Gitlow Judson will be played by Jimmie Burke, a newcomer to Waycross theater, in the upcoming production of the Ossie Davis play, “Purlie Victorious.”
The stage at the Okefenokee Heritage Center Feb. 20, 21 and 22 will be the venue for “Purlie Victorious.” Tickets are $10 and are for sale at the Okefenokee Heritage Center, Jackson Dentistry and Waycross Family Pharmacy.
For those who would rather pay at the door, reservations are encouraged by calling the Heritage Center (285-4260).
The shows are Feb. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Burke, a longtime admirer of Davis and his alter ego, “Purlie Victorious Judson,” has served as CEO and editor of the Times of South Georgia, both print and online versions.
He may not have appeared on a Waycross stage, but he entertained musically and onstage in college. He also counts his courtroom work as a trial attorney as “dramatic” experience.
Other cast members are Maurice Mungin (Purlie Victorious Judson), Krystal Johnson (Lutiebelle Gussiemae Jenkins), Mary Hall (“Aunt” Missy Judson), Cynthia Harvey (Idella Landy), Lamar Deal (Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee), Bill Davis (Sheriff) and Blake Kildow (Charlie Cotchipee).
The show is directed by Barbara Griffin.
The production is a commemoration of Black History month and is being staged in honor of the memory of the late Ossie Davis, who was born in Cogdell and was educated here. He wrote the play in 1961.