The Masons are among roughly 500,000 people in North Carolina with unreliable or no high-speed internet access. COVID-19 has forced much of life online and pushed many North Carolinians to a breaking point.
Even before coronavirus swept across the state, close to half of North Carolinians lived in child care deserts, areas where at least three children under the age of five vied for each opening.
Poet Kwame Dawes provided the words for HOPE & Wisteria, two back-to-back performance pieces that explore different aspects of the black experience. But his contribution, vital as it is, is only one part of the puzzle. Each production is a multimedia piece using music, images and Dawes' poetry.
The musicians and singers, performing alongside Dawes on stage, contribute immensely to the power of the production, as do the photographers whose work is projected on a large screen behind the performers.