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MEDEA | MEET THE COMPANY

TREZANA BEVERLEY  [Medea] is the winner of the 1976 Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.  She continues to create a unique signature in the American Theatre as a gifted director, acting teacher and singer.  Most noted repertory productions have included: Flyin’ West; The Bacchae; Peer Gynt; Division Street and Macbeth. In film: Beloved; Margaret and The Saturday Night Ladies and In The Line Of Duty. As a director her production of Salome at PlayMakers Repertory Co. was sighted in American Theatre Magazine as one of the five best of its’ season.  Among other noted directing credits are: The Bluest Eye; Yellowman and The Darker Face Of The Earth. She recently opened her cabaret act The Music In Me at the Triad Theatre in NY.  Ms. Beverley is also a guest director on the Drama faculty of the Julliard School.  Trezana would like to thank Take Wing And Soar Productions for giving her the opportunity to perform one of the great female roles.  She would also like to thank her teachers: Peter Kass, Lloyd Richards and Omar Shapli.  Ms. Beverley is the co-founder and artistic director of OdD Socks Productions.  To God Be The Glory!

 

DAVID HERON [Messenger] is an award winning Playwright, Producer and Actor. Stage credits include the World Premiere of Robinson Crusoe (Orlando Shakespeare Festival), the Off Broadway production of his own play, Love and Marriage and New York City (AUDELCO Award nomination), the TWAS production of Hamlet, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl  (New Federal Theater/CART) and H (Bric Studios).  Screen credits include the cable TV series Ya Ma Afrika, Play Or Be Played  (NBC/Universal) and the independent feature Zora’s Dream.  He is also a celebrity guest host on the Caribvision cable channel.  David is a 2006 New York City Council Award recipient for Excellence in the Arts.

 

MARY HODGES [Chorus] was recently scene slashing a sword 'to and fro' in Judith Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" at The Spoon Theatre in December.  For Take Wing and Soar Productions, (Ismene) in Antigone and (Ophelia) in Hamlet.  Some other theatrical credits include: Big Love both at Long Wharf and Berkeley Repertory Theatre; "Before It Hits Home" and "The Blacks" both at The National Black Theatre Festival; "Twelfth Night", "Hamlet", and "Wings: The Musical" all at Connecticut Rep; "Richard III" and "Henry IV pt. II" both with Judith Shakespeare Company.  Mary has her MFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut.  

 

SHARITA HUNT [Nurse] TWAS Productions:  Staged reading of Euripides Medea directed by Petronia Paley and Rita Dove’s Darker Face of the Earth.  Other Credits: Having Our Say directed by Shirley Dunlap at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Buffalo’s Studio Arena and The Dallas Theater Center; God’s Trombones by James Weldon Johnson directed by Trezana Beverley; Off-Broadway production of Waiting for My Man by Tony DiMurro directed by Anthony Patellis; Broadway and regional theater productions of For Colored Girls… by Ntozake Shange; her own one woman show A House is Built directed by Michele Peruzzi.  She attended Columbia University where she received her MFA in Acting.  

 

KEBRANAGAST MAXWELL [First Child of Medea] now aged ten confounded her parents at an early age.  She spoke while she was still a baby and walked by the age of six months.  Her early response to music and her ability to dance was amazing.  Kebra enrolled at the Lola Louis’ Creative and performing Arts Studio at age 5.  She receives instruction in various dance forms, piano, singing, musical theatre and acting.  Her performance credits include performances at public high schools and community centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Mt. Vernon.  Kebra as a member of the cast of “The Children’s Legacy” has appeared as an advocate for children’s issues at Coney Island’s “Tribute to the Ancestor,” and the Marriott Hotel.  She was last seen as the little girl in an evening of Caribbean Theatre at American Theatre of Actors.  During the Summer of 2007, Kebra  portrayed  the character  of  a  young  slave  girl  in  the African Burial Ground documentary movie.  She is excited to be a member of the cast of Medea.  

 

MARISHKA PHILLIPS [Chorus] This native New Yorker did her first professional show at 13, a European tour of RAISIN.  She went on to do such musicals as, UPTOWN:  IT'S  HOT   on  Broadway,  BUBBLIN'   BROWN  SUGAR,  FAME:  THE  MUSICAL, STAGE AND SCREEN directed by Hinton Battle.  She had the privilege to be cast as the lead in OTHELLO, for the TWAS Classical Lab Reading Series here at The National Black Theater, directed by Timothy Stickney.  Marishka is currently teaching acting at Black Nexxus, Inc. under her mentor, Susan Batson. Marishka would like to thank God and Petronia Paley for this wonderful opportunity.

 

BEVERLEY PRENTICE [Chours| Choreographer] Born and raised in Cardiff, UK, Beverley began her performing career as a dancer graduating from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London. She has enjoyed a dynamic career in dance, formally a member of Urban Bush Women. She’s happy to work again with the TWAS family, Acting credits include: Scylla, Darker Face to the Earth; Hortensio, Taming of the Shrew; Antigone (US,), The Oedipus Plays, 2003 Athens Festival in Greece; Salome, Salome; Portia, Julius Caesar, Julio, Feign’d Courtesans; She is Associate Artistic Director of OdD Socks Productions.

 

KOFI SAMUELS [2nd Child of Medea] Kofi is 6 and the oldest of 3 children.  He takes tap, piano, musical theatre, and acting at Lola Louis’ Creative and Performing Arts Studio.  Kofi is an avid reader, studies Karate, plays soccer, and loves watching movies.  He has also recorded and performed 2 original songs that have rocked the air waves during festival season in Montserrat.   Kofi also has performance credits as a cast of “The Children’s Legacy” and has appeared at the New York Marriot in Brooklyn and Coney Island’s “Tribute to the Ancestors.”  He is happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this production.  

 

IAN STUART [Aegeus] was last seen at TWAS in the Classical Lab presentation of Oroonoko. Theatrical credits include on- and off-Broadway, London’s West End, six National Tours, and dozens of regional theatres in plays by Ayckbourn, Christie, Coward, Shakespeare, Shaw, Simon, Stoppard, Wasserstein – among others. Most recently he played in Keen Theatre’s In the Matter of J. Robert Oppengeimer and at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ in Henry V and Richard III. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, provided voice-overs to many TV and radio commercials, and made guest appearances on various soaps, Comedy Central’s Strangers with Candy, and – inevitably – Law & Order!  

 

BRYAN WEBSTER [Creon] Bryan performed here at the National Black Theater in 1992 in the Rainbow Repertory Theatre production of “Face to Face”. For TWAS he’s been seen in “Hamlet” and “Richard III”. He has also worked at the Public Theatre in “Everybody’s Ruby”, directed by Kenny Leon; Theater For a New Audience in “As You Like It”,  directed by Mark Rylance;  and “Measure for Measure” at  Show World in Times Square, directed by Damon Keily. His voice over work can currently be heard on national commercials for Prilosec.

 

RENAULD WHITE [Tutor | Attendant to Medea] last appeared on stage with Lillias White in David D. Wright's OBATALA at The Theatre of the Riverside Church.  He performed at The National Black Theatre Festival as Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar Set in Africa.  He completed work on an indie film directed by Michael Piehl called Inside Job.  On television he portrayed the recurring character of William Reynolds on CBS' Guiding Light.  He now works on ABC's One Life to Live.  Mr.White's other theatrical productions were with the Metropolitan Stage Company in Fire, and Beaver Undone.  It was an honor for him to be cast in the role of Malcom X in the First National Touring Company of When the Chickens Came Home to Roost. His other New York theatrical credits include the role of Duke in John Patrick Shanley's Women of Manhattan, Aclippe, in The Liar, by Pierre Corneille, with the Apollo Drama Company.  He created six roles in Ghost Stories by the late Billy Graham, at the Frank Silveras' Writers Workshop Theatre, and numerous productions at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, including plays by Ishmael Reed.  He has been in numerous TV commercials and he studies with Zina Jasper.

 

DATHAN B. WILLIAMS [Jason] was seen as The Ghost in the TWAS production of Hamlet.  Most recently he was a Guest Artist for The Winston Prep Players production of The Matchmaker, where he was seen as Horace Vandergelder. During the summer of '07 his work as a Director was seen in the MITF nominated one-man show Steppin' and Me and he could be seen at The Eugene O'Neill Center in readings of Becoming Tennesse and American Duet.  Work under other classcial companies include: Two seasons with The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Pearl Theater Company, Instant Shakespeare Company, Florida Shakespeare and The Folger where he played roles such as: Merchant Venturewell, Wahnote/Omnes, Othello, Aaron, Iachimo, Angelo, Marcus Antonius, Theseus/Oberon, Parolles and Bottom.

 

LYNNARD E. WILLIAMS [Creon’s Guard | Attendant to Medea] is considered a triple treat for his singing, acting, and dancing ability.  He is a native of Detroit Michigan where he began dancing at the tender age of 14.  Lynnard continued training in the Dunham Technique.  He danced with the Clifford Fears Dance Theatre and the Detroit City Dance Company.  He was a scholarship student of the Alvin Ailey American School of Dance where he continued studying Dunham, as well as the other basic forms of dance.  He has traveled extensively performing for The Department of Defense entertaining our troops abroad.  He has traveled the USA teaching dance and is presently on the faculty of Boys And Girls Harbor Conservatory For The Performing Arts.  Lynnard was the Choreographer for an Audelco winning ensemble and has choreographed several Off-Broadway plays.  “To God be the glory for all of the many talents he has bestowed upon me and to me, I’ll accept His continued grace.”  

 

NATASHA YANNACAÑEDO [Chorus] As an actress, writer, and director, Natasha’s work spans independent film, radio, primetime television, and numerous plays.  She is thrilled to be working with TWAS again.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. She is proud to be a company member of Judith Shakespeare Company and First Look Theatre Company.  She is a reviewer for nytheatre.com.  Natasha is passionate about the craft of acting and public speaking.  She is an adjunct professor at St. Francis College, L.I.M., and Queensborough Community College.  She teaches private and group classes for her own company, The N.Y. Acting Company.  Please visit www.nyactingcompany.com.

 

MA’AT ZACHARY [Chorus] New to the Take Wing And Soar Family, Ma’at is excited about working under the direction of Ms. Petronia Paley and her belief in my  instrument.   Last seen on stage with  the  Sledge  Project as  MEDEA,  also Prisoner of Second Avenue and Barefoot in the Park.  Other credits include: Five year running original play Da Kink in My Hair (Canada & England included).  Film and Television: Get Rich or Die Tryin’, HONEY, HBO’s Soul Food, My Babies Daddy and Wild Card. In addition, she artistically directs and choreographs her own collective, BAMBUTI,.  Ma’at’s vast range of talents as a choreographer, singer/songwriter and actor gives her an experienced outlook from all aspects of artistic and intellectual expression.  Her motto:  ‘Define “U”…Or Someone Else Will’

 

PETRONIA PALEY [Director] Director, Actor, Playwright,Teacher.  Ms. Paley’s directing credits include Allison Bonner’s CAN WE DANCE (Women of Color Award for direction).  Luis Chaluisan’s SPIC CHIC at Ensemble Studio Theatre’s OCTOBERFEST, Repertorio Espangol and The Chelsea Playhouse.  TO DIE SO SOON at the Rapt Theatre.  FOOL FOR LOVE at the Director’s and Actor’s Lab.  As an actor, she last appeared in her highly acclaimed one-person play On the Way to Timbuktu at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Other acting roles include Clytemnestra in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Electra (Audelco Award nomination); Gertrude in Hamlet, Take Wings and Soar Production; It Hasn’t always Been This Way, New Federal Theatre; Dr. Iris Preston in EST’s Relativity for which she was nominated for an Audelco Award; Gratiana, The Revenger’s Tragedy the Red Theatre Bull’s; Madame Ranevskya the Cherry Orchard (Audelco nomination), The Classical Theatre of Harlem; Jocasta/Eurydice the Oedipus Plays Shakespeare Theatre; Regan,  King Lear Yale Repertory; Hecuba Trojan Women Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Haynes Nomination); Prosecutor The Trial…New Federal Theatre (Audelco Award ). She is a veteran of daytime creating long running characters on Guiding Light and Another World. She’s written: The Empty-Hand Traveler Set No Limit to Her Desires, The Psychogenesis of Sexuality, Letters (a collaboration), and On the Way to Timbuktu. She has taught acting: beginning, advanced and solo performance at the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center, The Puerto Rican Traveling, and the New Federal Theatre. She is the founder of I the Actor Acting Workshop.  She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Red Bull Theatre and the Actors Studio. Websites: www.itheactor.com, www.onthewaytotimbuktu.com.  

 

PAVLO BOSYY [Scenic Designer] Assistant Professor of Theatre at Oakland University, Michigan (USA), Pavlo Bosyy has earned his MA in History and Political Science from Kirovohrad State University (Ukraine) and his MFA in Scenography from Ohio University (USA).  He has taught Theatre Arts, History, and Humanities for nearly 15 years at the university level. He designed, directed or performed in over 60 projects at regional and academic theatres in Ukraine and the USA and Off-Broadway companies.  Pavlo’s works participated at SETC, ACTF, USITT’s Young Designers’ Forum, Ming’s Clambake World Design Forum and Prague Quadrennial and at numerous International conferences in the United States and Western Europe.  He founded an English-language company, The Little Globe Theatre, located at the Pedagogical Academy in Kirovohrad, Ukraine, a graduate school of education.  He enjoyed serving as the Artistic Director/Producer as well as stage director, scenographer, sound designer, actor and dramaturge at various times. Credits include plays and musicals by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Pushkin, Genet, Ionesco, Beckett,  Berlin,   Brecht,  Dykes,  Razumovskaia,  Jose Rivera,  Krasnogorov, Shaw, August Wilson, Kander and Ebb, Kalman, Kopit and Yeston, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart and others.

 

ALI TURNS [Costume Designer] is the 2006-2007 AUDELCO winner for Best Costume Design for Take Wing And Soar Productions’ mainstage production of HAMLET.  Most recent theatre credits include, The Darker Face Of The Earth, written by, Rita Dove, directed by Tony Award winner Trezana Beverley, produced by Take Wing And Soar Productions; New Federal’s production of Ossie Davis’ play, A Last Dance For Sybil, directed by Lloyd Richards and Edward Smith, starring Ruby Dee.  Ali has taught at three of the most prestigious Black colleges: Spelman, Florida A&M University and Grambling State University. Coming attraction for Ali Turns will be, Same Train, written by, 2006 - 2007 AUDELCO winner for Best Play, Levy Lee Simon.  I am dedicating my work on this production to my Mother, who went home to the Lord ~ thank you all for support and many kindnesses. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

 

JOYCE LIAO [Light Designer] Based in New York City, Joyce Liao has designed operas, musicals, dance and plays here in New York and across the country. Her lighting design Caucasian Chalk Circle has won the USITT Peggy Ezekile  Award for Outstanding Achievement Lighting Design and has been included in the World Stage Design 2005 Exhibit in Toronto. Joyce holds an M.F.A. in Theatrical Lighting Design from Ohio University.

 

DAVID D. WRIGHT [Sound Designer | Original Music Composed and Performed] is a multiple award winning musical director, sound designer and radio drama producer.  David is also the CEO and the Producing Playwright of The Orisha Tales Repertory Theatre Company.  His stage play Sango, Lord Of Thunder was recently nominated for 6 AUDELCO Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre.  Past TWAS Inc. Projects include Oroonoko for the TCL2004.  David would like to take this opportunity acknowledge the cast and crew of this production of MEDEA, as he gives thanks to Olodumare, the Ancestors and Orisa for his success.

 

NORMAN ANTHONY SMALL [Production Stage Manager]   is  a  Stage  Manager, Producer, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Actor.  In 2003, he won the 2003 OOBR (Off-Off Broadway) Award for Excellence in Theatre.  Some of Norman’s notable stage management credits include PECONG (Take Wing and Soar Productions), CAMP LOGAN (Shades of Jade Entertainment), and Fighting Fires (RHYTHMCOLOR Associates).  Norman’s acting credits includes Ebony Black (Growls) and SCRIBBLIN’ at the AUTOMAT (Young Man, Narrator).  Norman would like to thank his family, friends, Petronia Paley and the entire Company of MEDEA for their support and Debra Ann and Jackie for this wonderful opportunity.  My work on this production is dedicated to my grandmother, Ena Small-HoShin, who recently went home to be with my God.  Grandma, I love you and I thank you for constantly teaching and showing me what unconditional love and support truly means.  I hope I continue to make you proud.  [email protected]

 

PENNY LANDAU/Maya PR [Press Representative] saw her first Broadway show, West Side Story, when she was 9 years old.  Since then, she has performed, stage managed, directed, teched, taught and, for the last 23 years, run her own PR firm. Maya PR has repped Renee Taylor & Joe Bologna; the multi-award winning Jelly Roll! starring Vernel Bagneris; Edge starring Angelica Torn as Sylvia Plath (NY, London & Australia); Third Eye Rep’s acclaimed Godspell; actors Natalie Cortez (currently on Broadway as Morales in A Chorus Line), Geri Jewell (“Deadwood”),  BarBara Luna (“Star Trek”), France Nuyen (Joy Luck Club), Sal Richards (Out for Justice, “The Sopranos”), Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever); Kathy Garver (“Family Affair”); playwright Paul Alexander; singer Gennifer Flowers; vocalist Theo Bleckmann; actor/singer Franc D’Ambrosio (Phantom of the Opera, The Godfather, Part III); Stuart White Productions; musical comedian & impressionist Stephen Sorrentino; Artists Theatre Group; Twenty Feet Prods;  The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, The League of Professional Theatre Women &  Big Apple Comic Book, Art & Sci-Fi Conventions. She is honored to be working with Debra Ann Byrd & Take Wing And Soar Productions.

 

TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS [Producer] now celebrating its 5th Year Landmark Season, is one of New York’s newest celebrated not-for-profit Theatre Arts Corporations, with productions at The American Theater of Actors, The WorkSHop Theater, The National Black Theatre and other Off-Off Broadway venues.  MEDEA is TWAS’ 16th production and 4th main stage project.  Founded in 1999 by classically trained actress Debra Ann Byrd, Take Wing And Soar Productions Inc. is dedicated to providing center stage opportunities for classically trained artists of color.  In its brief history Take Wing And Soar Productions has enjoyed many successes including, the creation of The TWAS Theatre Project, The TWAS Classical Lab Reading Series and The Take Wing And Soar Spirit of Excellence Awards.  Its programs and projects have served over 200 Classically trained artists, directors, designers, technicians and young entrepreneurial artists, and was recently nominated for 10 AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre for its mainstage productions of Richard III, The Darker Face of The Earth and Hamlet.  Hamlet won the AUDELCO for Best Costumes and Best Sound.  Other TWAS Inc. shows include; Julius Caesar, Othello, The Rivals, Oroonoko, PECONG, Sally Hemings, and Antigone.  For more information about Take Wing And Soar Productions visit us online at www.takewingandsoar.org

 

DEBRA ANN BYRD [Producer | Scenic Artist] currently serves as the Founder, Chief Executive and Producing Artistic Director of Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc.  She has guided this company's growth from its birth as the passionate dream of one determined woman into a viable support organization serving classical artists of color and theater arts groups throughout New York.  As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader she has received more than 20 awards and citations and was recently selected for inclusion in the 2008 ~ 25th Silver Anniversary Edition of Who’s Who In The World and is the recipient of the 2006 Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in Producing works that foster diversity.  This award winning theater arts professional received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, and a certificate of completion from The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab Program.  In 2007 she was selected for producer training at The Commercial Theatre Institute, a special project of The League of American Theatres and Producers and the Theatre Development Fund.  She received additional training from the Arts Leadership Institute, a unique Leadership Training Program for Arts Managers at Teacher’s College/Columbia University.  Ms Byrd is currently on the Producing Team at The National Black Theatre, Inc. and an Associate Producer for 6-10 Productions, Inc.  Her credits as a producer include: For TWAS Inc.: Hamlet, The Darker Face Of The Earth, CORIOLANUS: The African Warrior, Richard III and four seasons of the TWAS Classical Lab Reading Series.  For the National Black Theatre; Black Man Rising, Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After and Now, Yesterday Came Too Soon: The Dorothy Dandridge Story, Yesterday’s, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown Jr., and Marian Anderson: The Lady From Philadelphia; and for 6-10 Productions Broadway Sings The Odd Potato: A Chanukah Musical.  A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MY MENTORS; Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Veronica Claypool, John- Phillip Parkman and Dorothy Olim.  Thanks a million for your love and unending support.  Your guidance and encouragement has been the wind beneath this little ‘byrd’s’ wings.

 

JACKIE JEFFRIES [Producer] is currently working on several projects.  She has been an Associate Producer at the National Black Theatre since 2002.  Her latest credits for NBT include; Black Man Rising, Tell-It, Sing-It, Shout-It, Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After and Now, Yesterday Came Too Soon: The Dorothy Dandridge Story, Yesterdays: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, Jackie Mom’s Mabley and Her Ladies, starring Clarice Taylor, Marion   Anderson:  The Lady From Philadelphia, NBT   Miracle Mondays Reading Series and Gussie Mae in America.  Other producing credits include; the off-Broadway production of Jackie Mom’s and Her Ladies on Theatre Row in2004.  For Take Wing And Soar Productions Coriolanus: The African Warrior, The 2004-2005 Classical Lab Reading Series, and the 2005 TWAS Benefit Performance of The Women Of Shakespeare and the 1st Annual Take Wing And Soar Spirit of Excellence Awards.  She co-produced the Wiz at the Olympic Theatre 2001, was Assistant Producer for the Save The Children Benefit at the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center 2001, and Associate Producer at Sounds of Blackness Concert at the Apollo Theatre 2000.  She was  the  resident  Production  Manager at  Rites and Reason Theatre from 1994-1999 under tutelage of Elmo Terry Morgan and Karen Baxter.  Jackie has had an 18-year illustrious career in theatre as a resident Production Manager and Stage Manager, which began at NBT in 1987.  She received her MFA in Film from City College.  Film credits include the documentaries; Imajin, A Tribute to Tunde Samuel, and The Making of Moms Mabley.  Thanks to the tutelage of Tunde Samuel, she is now enjoying a career as a producer.  Thank you Adunni, Elmo, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and the NBT family.  God Bless.

 

FLORA GILLARD [Associate Producer] is a founding board member of Take Wing And Soar Productions and has served on the board for the past five years.  In addition to being a fine trustee, she has served as an Associate Producer on all TWAS Inc. Projects.  She thanks her family and friends for their support and encouragement.

 

NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, INC. [Lead Sponsor] An historic institute for African-American dramatic arts, the National Black Theatre enriches the heart of Harlem. Located on the dividing line between East and West Harlem, NBT was founded in 1968 by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, thereby becoming the country's first revenue-generating black theater arts complex. The 64,000 square foot interior, rich with colorful African artwork and decor, bursts with warmth and a deep sense of cultural pride. NBT's spaces host all manner of performances--musical and dramatic--as well as lectures, workshops and dance classes.  The splendid Liberation Temple on the third floor is an octagonal-shaped room with an intimate feel and seats 272.  (The Temple is accompanied by a cozy reception area with ample amenities.) The smaller Performing Space on the third is a charmingly ramshackle 140-seat theater with an elevated stage and excellent visibility. www.nationalblacktheatre.org

 

ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION [AEA] founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States.  Equity seeks to advance promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.  The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.  www.actorsequity.org

 

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Producer | Artistic Director: Debra Ann Byrd

Producer: Jackie Jeffries

Associate Producer: Flora Gillard

 

Written by: Euripides | Translated by: Nicholas Rudall

Directed by: Petronia Paley | Scenic Design: Pavlo Bosyy | Costume Design: Ali Turns | Light Design: Joyce Liao | Sound Design: David D. Wright | Choreography: Beverley Prentice | Technical Director: Carlos Castillo | Scenic Artists: Debra Ann Byrd & Chandra Ursule | Stage Manager: Norman A. Small, Jr. | Publicist: Penny Landau - Maya Public Relations

TWAS Legal Representation: Jenny J. Sherman, Esq.

                         

THE CAST:  Trezana Beverley*, David Heron, Mary E. Hodges*, Sharita Hunt*, Kebranagast Maxwell, Marishka Phillips*, Beverley Prentice, Kofi Samuels, Ian Stuart*, Bryan Webster*, Renauld White*, Dathan B. Williams*, Lynnard E. Williams, Natasha Yannacañedo*, Ma’at Zachary,  with Original Live Music Composed and Performed by David D. Wright  ... *Members of AEA

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