Jovelyn Richards premieres ‘Come Home’

The Marsh, San Francisco’s prime location for solo performance, presents the world premiere of “Come Home.” Jovelyn Richards’ one-woman play is about 26 black soldiers who leave their home in lynch-torn rural Arkansas to fight against Germany in World War II; 13 of them survive. In the show, which is set in the segregated South, Richards speaks almost entirely through the voices of women and children, concentrating on intimacies of family life. Her heroine is Donna Ray, a happy young bride romping in the fields as the play opens, a resilient, wiser woman at its close. Despite violence and tragedy, her optimism and love don’t fade.

Directed by Adele Prandini and featuring live music, “Come Home” begins previews Thursday and runs Thursdays through Saturdays through March 8. The Marsh is at 1062 Valencia St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15 to $35. Call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.themarsh.org.

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