NIKKOLE Salter’s powerful drama Repairing a Nation, at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick through March 8, is a lesson in history and humanity. It’s about dealing with past wrongs, coming to terms with present threats, and facing the future.
It’s just a few months after 9/11 — the day before Christmas 2001, in face — but Lois Davis can’t stop thinking about 1921. She wasn’t even alive then, but that’s the year a race riot — or, as she prefers to call it, a massacre — wreaked havoc upon her family and others living in the heavily African-American Greenwood district of Tulsa.
There are several important events in American history that, after a brief period of time don’t lose their significance, but head to near omission from the mainstream.