‘Front Porch Society’ Is Enchanting, Powerful

Melda Beaty’s Front Porch Society reels the viewer into the lives of a group of women living in the small town of Marks, Mississippi. With remarkable performances that remind us how our politics always stem from intensely personal experiences, this play—set in 2008, as Barack Obama is about to become the first African-American President of the United States—offers a glimpse into the injustices faced by ordinary people.

Full of pathos and surprises, Front Porch Society reminds us how powerfully personal tragedy can affect one’s political idealism, or lack thereof.


November 4, 2008; Marks, Mississippi. America is on the eve of electing its first black president. Amidst the town’s excitement over Barack Obama, Carrie Honey grieves her son’s tragic death. After 40 years of failed attempts to seek justice, Carrie has grown bitter and is no longer interested in life’s celebrations, but when a scandal in town rocks this historic day, a past secret is revealed that restores her faded faith.