In the community: ‘The Fertile River’ address tough issues

Image of an African-American woman holding hands with unseen others by the shore of a river.Face It! Theatre is presenting “The Fertile River,” a play by Binghamton native Vincent Terrell Durham, in September at the First Congregational Church in Binghamton.

The play — directed by SUNY Broome instructor James Michalec — shows the intersection of class warfare, racial discrimination and faith in scientific progress when a struggling African-American family is confronted by the North Carolina Eugenics Board.  In 1958, there were plenty of people who believed in eugenics. That time has passed — or has it?

Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 15 and 22 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and 23 at the First Congregational Church, located at 30 Front St. in Binghamton. Performances are free to the public, although good-will donations are accepted.