History Theatre will stream Part 2 of 'Diesel Heart,' based on story of Melvin Carter Jr.

Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.
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Apr. 8—A new version of History Theatre's "Diesel Heart," which is based on the autobiography of St. Paul Police Officer Melvin Carter Jr., will begin streaming April 12. This version is a reworking of the play presented as part of the St. Paul theater's Raw Stages series, which highlights new works.

History Theatre streamed Act 1 of "Diesel Heart" in September. This new version also includes some scenes from Act 2. The play was written by Brian Grandison in collaboration with Carter and is directed by H. Adam Harris.

In "Diesel Heart," Carter, father of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III, "literally fights his way through institutions that, by the 1960s and '70s, had been officially desegregated on paper but were still full of blatant anti-Black sentiment," according to a Pioneer Press story in late August. "Carter's stark memoir depicts street corner fights, racially divided Vietnam-era Naval offices and, later, the deep racial divisions of the St. Paul Police Department, which was under court order to finally add black officers. It also offers moments of poignancy and humor amidst the grit."

For info on how to stream "Diesel Heart, Part 2" go to historytheatre.com. Tickets are $50-$15, with a request that a ticket be purchased for each person viewing. It will stream April 12-18.