AOP First Chance reading, The American Opera Projects, New York City, 2017
What goes through Joanne’s mind when the one she loves the most is senselessly shot down? Grief? Anger? Rage? Madness? Revenge? The Darkest Light in the Heart explores a Black woman’s struggle to forgive or condemn a white man who shot and killed her mother and others in a Black church. With God and Satan wagering on the fate of Joanne’s journey, the stakes are not only for her soul but the soul of a nation.