CHARLOTTE – The Carolinas Black Pride Movement is opening casting and audition calls for its March play, “Before it hits home.”

The play is directed by Jermaine Nakia Lee and jointly produced by CBPM and the Afro-American Cultural Center.

A synopsis of the play reads, “Wendal Bailey is an African-American bisexual male in his early 30’s. Examined in this drama are Wendal’s two worlds; one which revolves around his love life, the other based in the home of his extended family – his mother, father, “aunt”, brother and 12-year-old son. After nearly dying of complications from AIDS, Wendal comes home to regain his strength and find comfort, but a festive evening celebrating his return turns disastrous. As events unfold, the only support and love he finds as he lies in a bed of uncertainty comes from an unexpected source.”

The play is written by Cheryl West.

Auditions will be held Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. More information is available via Jermaine Nakia Lee, 704-777-8208.

The play will be presented March 6 and March 7 at the Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 North Myers St., Charlotte, NC. Tickets are $12 and can be bought through the Cultural Center’s box office at

“Before it hits home” will be presented during the Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One reply on “CBPM audition call for black AIDS play”

  1. I performed as Wendall back in high school on the speech and debate team. My girlfriend played my mother. We went to nationals using this piece and even made the judges and other contestants cry. Powerful piece. I wish someone would do this play in the New York area.

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