“Most impressive…powerful and multi layered. Pure Confidence is a thought provoking drama that charms as it takes us back to an ugly chapter in America’s past. It’s message is not just powerful – it may also move you to tears.” – Hollywood Revealed
“Go. Thoroughly believable and engrossing…a dynamic and challenging work by Carlyle Brown, being given a splendid production by the Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble. The cast is superb, with all hands commanding and theatrical, yet so utterly committed to the moments at hand that there’s not a false note in the evening” – The Los Angeles Post
“Actors did a magnificent job with such uniform quality I cannot but praise director Mayzor. A lot of good things this production had to say” – Night Tinted Glasses
“Plaudits to author Brown who subtly reveals that, in contrast to the film world’s sadistic image of slavery, everyday indignities also have the power to crush a person’s spirit…Under Marya Mazor’s masterly direction, Armond Edward Dorsey is brilliant as Simon, whose outer humor masks a resolute inner dignity” – Not Born Yesterday/ Theatre Spoken Here
“The most purely entertaining...show in town. Pure Confidence held me in its spell from start to finish under Marya Mazor’s stylish direction.A tale we’ve not yet heard, characters we’ve never before met, history as drama spiced with laughter and tears. Pure Confidence could just as easily be titled Pure Perfection.” – Stage Scene LA
Thursday, April 6, 8 pm
Friday, April 7, 8 pm
Sat, Apr 08 – Sun, May 14
Fri, Sat 8 pm
Sun 3 pm
$34 Opening Night
$25 General Admission
$15 Students and Seniors (use code 005)
There will be talkbacks following the performances on Sunday April 23rd and Friday April 27th featuring cast members and led by dramaturg Dylan Southard.
Special Show Info
Running time: 120 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Contains adult language.
Sacred Fools Theater
1076 Lillian Way
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Ample Street Parking
Special Theatre Info
The theatre has concessions.
Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble presents the West Coast Premiere of PURE CONFIDENCE.
The high-stakes world of Civil War–era horse racing is the stage for this riveting drama of slavery and Reconstruction. Both Simon Cato, a smart, cocky 'colored' jockey, and his horse, Pure Confidence, are owned by Colonel Wiley Johnson. Cato uses his wits and his championship winnings to buy his and his wife's freedom. But the Civil War changes everything, and the passage of time doesn't bring Cato the success he expects in this surprisingly funny, daring and emotionally moving look at the complexity of race, humanity, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century.
With a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings that explores the true meaning of freedom.