Harvest Time: a Tribute to Carol Mitchell-Leon

Atlanta, GA, March 16, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Leading Role Productions, a company dedicated to fulfilling the last known directorial production by the late, great Carol Mitchell-Leon. In 2008, Carol moved to Dekalb County and decided to call upon friend and playwright Louise Anderson-Smith, (a part-time resident of the county) to discuss and revisit a production she had interest in producing since 2004. Carol felt that the production, “Harvest Time” would be a “homecoming” event and she was ecstatic. Carol went to work immediately casting for this production while reviewing other original works by playwright.

Today, Leading Role Productions announced they will host a tribute to the legendary director, producer, actress, and educator. Picking up the pieces of the “Harvest Time” production Carol dedicated so much of her time to, Leading Role Productions is handling the undertaking with extreme care.

The tribute will be held May 1, 2010 at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, the site of the October 2009 castings for this production. There will be general admission tickets, as well as VIP seating, which includes a reception with the cast following the production. All further information can be found at www.leadingroleproductions.com.

The new director is none other than the playwright, Louise Anderson-Smith. Smith is known for her groundbreaking work as a creative writer. Smith’s work helped make possible such productions as “A Change Gone Come”, “Tricycle for Little Jimmy” and her debut novel, “Li’l Boy Johnson” scheduled for a June, 2010 release.

“Harvest Time” is a play about an elderly woman who goes to live with her son Ralph (a successful attorney), his wife Helen (an English teacher) and their three children. Helen begins to treat her mother-in-law condescendingly and detests her grammar and country ways. After Helen suffers a mild emotional breakdown, reasons for her behavior are revealed. This is a play for every member of the family.

“It is important to note that this is a tribute, not a memorial,” said Anderson-Smith. “Many people in the theatre community, including me, are deeply indebted to Carol Mitchell-Leon for her intellect, her vision, and her unselfish willingness to be a teacher and a mentor. She was a true visionary and leader in the literary arts and we are so very honored to host this tribute performance for her remarkable achievements and the impact she made on so many of us.”

A slideshow presentation during the VIP reception will address the attributes and accomplishments that contributed to Carol’s world renowned reputation.

Carol attended Clark Atlanta University in the 1970s and began her illustrious acting career at that time. Over the course of her career, Carol was portrayed in every major theatrical production to hit an Atlanta stage. Carol eventually became Chair of the Arts Department at Clark Atlanta University.

“Harvest Time” is a befitting honor and great dedication from this cast, the production company, and friends of Carol.

Contact: Leading Role Productions

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