CHARACTERS OF STRANGE FRUIT
So, here is the story...A lynched slave girl. A haunted family. An untold secret. With her interracial marriage to the love of her life on the line, LASHELLE ROBINSON, a spit-‐fire African-‐American Wall Street executive, travels back in time to save her ancestor Inka, a wrongfully murdered slave whose ghost stops at nothing to prevent LaShelle and Todd’s union. These are the characters in our Hip-‐Hop musical, who navigate the precarious road to discovering their roots, racial reconciliation and ultimately forgiveness!
BREAKDOWN OF CHARACTERS
African American 27-35
Lashelle Robinson is a modern, ambitious financial planner working in New York City. She is estranged from her family and lives with her white fiancé Todd Decatur -‐ the love of her life. Her worse fear is to end up unmarried and alone like her mother. But even as she excitedly prepares for her wedding, something strange and haunting just won’t let LaShelle marry Todd. LaShelle must travel back into her doomed ancestor Inka’s past, disguised as a slave, to discover the story that has been swept under the rug for centuries -‐ or lose Todd. But can LaShelle save Inka in order to save her marriage?
African American 19-26
Inka is a fiery slave queen full of beauty and promise. But her beauty is also her doom. For years her master Quincy watches her, trying to separate her from her husband Moses. Although she does everything in her power to avoid his advances, she cannot fight him off. When Moses is brutally punished, Inka attempts to sneak away while pregnant with her master’s child -‐ only to be captured as a runaway slave. She is lynched on an apple tree. But even past the grave she vows not rest until her story is told.
African American 16
June is a 16-year-old spirit ghost from the 1920’s who died trying to win her mother’s love in a tragic train accident. In her afterlife as a spirit, she drives a magical train, The Underground Railroad Xpress, through different time periods rescuing souls and setting people free (like a young Harriet Tubman). But she must rescue her own soul by going back to 1920’s Harlem and reconciling with her mother, Magnolia, who abandoned her in life - in order to pass over to the other side.
Love is in the air when the dashing journalist Todd Decatur sweeps LaShelle off her feet with a tear jerking proposal of marriage. Todd constantly asserts his love for LaShelle, rejecting any family or interracial hurdles in order to be with her. But when she runs from him at the altar of their wedding day because of a horrifying haunting, he goes on the adventure of a lifetime to discover the truth behind the haunting -‐ and get his wife back from the time warp before it’s too late.
Mistress Abbigail Fletcher
Abiggail is the dutiful wife of Quincy. She longs for his affection and attention but is constantly ignored. Her suspicions turn to rage when she realizes that he is infatuated with Inka, the slave girl right under her employ. Desperate to keep her man, she orders a pregnant Inka sold in the hopes of regaining her dignity and his love. But will she ever win the love of her husband?
Master Quincy Fletcher
Quincy is the conflicted, powerful 1807 villain who changes the destiny of an entire family forever. He is a slave master and former traveling pastor, with lust and desires he can’t control. He’s trapped in the taboo attraction for his young black slave girl Inka. He wants to live by his Christian principles, but there is a fire within him that just won’t be quenched, causing him to do the unthinkable. His one act of lust would destroy an entire family.
African American 25-35
Moses is a revolutionary and bible-‐literate slave carpenter. He inspires the other slaves to run to freedom. When his eyes fall on the beautiful Inka at a church meeting, he falls in love. But their love must be hidden. He marries her in secret and plans their escape. But when his wife is raped on his wedding night by Quincy (in his own cabin!), vengeance is the only thing Moses can see. In defense of his wife, Moses endures one of the most painful agonies a man can go through.