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The First Breeze of Summer 

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Episode credited cast:
Ethel Ayler ... Hattie
Charles Brown Charles Brown ... Nate Edwards
Bebe Drake ... Gloria Townes (as BeBe Drake Hooks)
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Gremmar
Moses Gunn ... Milton Edwards
Janet League Janet League ... Lucretia
Barbara Montgomery ... Aunt Edna
Lou Myers ... Reverend Mosely
Petronia Petronia ... Hope
Reyno Reyno ... Lou Edwards
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USA

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English

Release Date:

28 January 1976 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The original Broadway production of "The First Breeze of Summer" by Leslie Lee opened at the Palace Theater in New York on June 10, 1975, ran for 48 performances and was nominated for the 1976 Tony Award for the Best Play. Ethel Ayler, Charles Brown, Frances Foster, Moses Gunn, Janet League, Barbara Montgomery, Lou Myers, Petronia and Reyno recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. See more »

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I will convey the settings.themes, and my reaction to the play
3 December 2000 | by nightsambaSee all my reviews

A rich,textured drama that deals with three generations of a black family in the modern south.The grandmother and matriarch of the family is haunted by memories of her past(quite effectively recounted in flashbacks).Her son is a husband,as well as father to two teenage sons of his own. We follow his struggles to support his family and maintain his dignity in an environment that is sometimes hostile and racist.His teenage boys struggle to grow up and find their own identities.These stories are told powerfully and effectively with a wonderful cast.


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