Watch scenes from ‘The Amen Corner,’ James Baldwin’s stage play about a religious family

The Amen CornerThe Amen Corer, the stage play written by the late James Baldwin that centers around the female pastor of a black church in 1950s Harlem, is playing now through June 17 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Lou Bellamy (Black Pearl Sings!, Radio Golf, and Fences) directs the musical stage play that had its world premiere at the Guthrie earlier this month. It has music by Sanford Moore and the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

Greta Oglesb (Caroline–or Change) portrays Sister Margaret Alexander, a female paster who gets caught up in family drama when her estranged husband shows up. Also featured are Hannibal Lokumbe as Luke with Eric Berryman as David Alexander, Larea Carter as Ida Jackson, James Craven as Brother Washington, and Crystal Fox as Odessa.

The Amen Corner

Berryman and Oglesb

Completing the cast are Dennis W. Spears as Brother Boxer, Thomasina Petrus as Sister Boxer, Faye M. Price as Sister Douglas, Austene Van as Sister Moore, and Shá Cage as Sister Sally.

Based on the Baldwin’s first play, The Amen Corner is about a pastor who tries to fix her broken relationship with her family and congregation after her estranged husband reappears in her new life. The play focuses on conflicts between the spiritual and the carnal, pastor and congregation, parent and child.

Producers of the show bill it as: “The fiery and unfaltering Sister Margaret, leader of a devoted congregation in Harlem, has dedicated years of her life to serving the Lord. But when her son unexpectedly reunites her with her estranged husband, a jazz musician, she risks losing her standing in the church and the son she has tried to keep on a religious path.”


For tickets phone 1.877.44.STAGE or visit guthrietheater.org. The Guthrie Theater is located at 818 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis.

(Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

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