Too Heavy for Your Pocket
THE STORY: In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.
“…illuminating and moving…TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET dramatizes questions of class difference within the black community that rarely get broached onstage.” —The New York Times.
“Holder is putting his finger on something powerful, something that Fight for Freedom narratives—even exquisite ones like Ava DuVernay’s film Selma—don’t necessarily get at: Protesting is a privilege.” —New York Magazine.
“A lyrical drama with a quartet of fully realized, deeply felt characters.” —The New Yorker.
“…[Holder is] a gifted writer who will be amazing to watch as his work grows.” —Deadline.
“Better than any play I’ve seen on the subject, TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET examines the role of class in our nation’s civil rights struggle; it dares to ask, is agitating for justice an activity most easily pursued by the otherwise privileged?” —TheaterMania.
“TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET is remarkable for the depth of its exploration of a tumultuous time in our history…Holder has managed to captivate the audience by examining issues of race, gender, power, faith, and politics without ever losing sight of his characters. And in doing so, has shown himself to be a powerful voice to be reckoned with.” —Talkin’ Broadway.
“Holder…has created intricate, recognizable characters and dialogue that bristles with verisimilitude.” —Off Off Online.