April 6th, 2017 - May 14th, 2017
Sacred Fools Black Box Theatre
1076 Lillian Way, Los Angeles, 90038
The high-stakes world of Civil War–era horse racing is the stage for this riveting drama of slavery and Reconstruction. Both Simon Cato, a smart, cocky 'colored' jockey, and his horse, Pure Confidence, are owned by Colonel Wiley Johnson. Cato uses his wits and his championship winnings to buy his and his wife's freedom. But the Civil War changes everything, and the passage of time doesn't bring Cato the success he expects in this surprisingly funny, daring and emotionally moving look at the complexity of race, humanity, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century. With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom.
CARLYLE BROWN is a celebrated playwright and recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and many more. His first professional production was Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show at Penumbra Theatre Company, which then premiered his The African Company Presents Richard III, and Buffalo Hair (National McKnight Fellowship). Additional plays include The Negro of Peter the Great, A Big Blue Nail, Dartmoor Prison, Down in Mississippi and others. Brown has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Goodman Theater. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene’ Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and 2010 United States Artists Fellow.