The Vain Conversation | By Anthony Grooms
Inspired by true events, THE VAIN CONVERSATION reflects on the 1946 lynching of two black couples in Georgia from the perspectives of three characters—Bertrand Johnson, one of the victims, Noland Jacks, a presumed perpetrator, and Lonnie Henson, a witnesses to the murders as a ten-year old. Lonnie’s inexplicable feelings of culpability drive him in a search for meaning that takes him around the world, but ultimately back to Georgia where he must confront Jacks, as well as himself, with actions that he hopes will free him from the grip of the past. In THE VAIN CONVERSATION adds importantly to the national dialogue on race relations. With complexity, satire and sometimes levity, it explores what it means to redeem, as well as to be redeemed, on the issues of America’s race violence and speaks to the broader issues of oppression and violence everywhere. For a sample, go to www.anthonygrooms.com.