There are many North Carolinians who shaped the state into what it is today. "Past Imperfect: Voices from N.C.'s History" tells the stories of a Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, a former slave who became Mary Todd Lincoln’s seamstress, and Nina Simone, to name a few.
“The words 'Past Imperfect' refer to the fact that we all have a tendency to glorify and restructure the past to fit our own perceptions, agendas and biases whether they are accurate or not,” said Annie Taft, president of OdysseyStage. “In this play we are attempting to show these people as they actually were, and not how the lens of history chooses to view them.”
Taft said the monologues are very contemporary in a lot of ways because the social and political issues they address are still relevant today.
“(The monologues) reflect on where we are right now,” Taft said. “So many of these monologues could actually be contemporary characters in a lot of ways. So many of the struggles they had, we’re still fighting the same fights — for equality, for women and for relations between the races.”
The monologues present a diverse range of figures from North Carolina that have undeniably influenced the entire country, said John Paul Middlesworth, board member and actor for OdysseyStage.