A state historical marker commemorates the Better Homes of South Bend housing development.

SOUTH BEND — South Bend Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “Better Homes: The Play” from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23 at 403 N. Main St.

Written by Caleen Jennings and based on Gabrielle Robinson’s “Better Homes of South Bend: An American Story of Courage,” “Better Homes” tells the story of a group of African American workers at the Studebaker factory who met secretly in 1950 to form a plan to build homes away from the factories and the slums where they were forced to live.

This true story explores the Great Migration, redlining and the role systemic racial injustice has played in the development of South Bend’s Black community.

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Needed are one Black woman, ages 18-20s; two Black women, 40 or older; one Black man, 18-20s; one Black man, 40 or older; one white woman, 20-40; and one white man, 40 or older.

Rehearsals begin Aug. 28 and take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Nov. 5.

Performances are Nov. 10-19.

Directed by Laurisa LeSure and Bo Peterson.

For more information, call 574-234-1112 or visit sbct.org.