Black Spectrum Theatre, located in Roy Wilkins Park at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard in Jamaica, will present “Shared Secrets of Elder Sisters” from March 23 through April 15. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30.
“Shared Secrets” is based on the book by the same title that explores the lives of seven prominent highly respected Sisters in the Struggle, who gather to affirm their friendship and mutual admiration at the Beauty Bar Spa. There they interact and offer advice to their attendant, a young black woman of the hip hop generation.
Set in a women’s spa, the play sees these Elder Sisters cleanse their bodies and rejuvenate. However, as the steam and spa oils get applied and rubbed deeper and deeper into their bodies, their reflections and memories of their lives, their loves, their losses, their children and their political and cultural contributions to the struggle emerge. Their shared secrets are the secrets of how they have made it to the other side of the age barrier in spite of it all. The play is about their hopes for a new generation, their stories of wisdom, resilience, pain, heartache, healing, and the pride and joy of being over 70 and still feeling beautiful, productive and fulfilled.