February 6 - March 6, 2022
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Summer L. Williams
A co-production with WP Theater
By Charly Evon Simpson
Directed by Whitney White
With Rachel Christopher, Jessica Frances Dukes, Ronald Peet, Brenda Pressley
There is an epidemic affecting black women and Angela and Odessa are hoping to survive it by following a celebrity into the sand. A story about waiting and hoping, absurdity and touch,from The Vineyard's 2019-2020 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award recipient Charly Evon Simpson (BEHIND THE SHEET), and Susan Stroman Award director-in-residence, Whitney White (OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD).
Monday, May 11 at 7:30PM
INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS
By Ryan Spahn
Directed by Michael Urie
With Lou Liberatore, Mallory Portnoy, Cory Michael Smith, Sharon Washington, Brittany Vicars
In the greenroom of a community theatre in Rochester, the Uptown Players are getting ready to play to a full house after opening to rave reviews the night before. When their star actor arrives in a dangerously unhinged state, they must improvise on and off stage in ways they could not have imagined. By turns hilarious and harrowing, INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS follows a tenacious group of show people who must determine at what cost the show must go on.
Marinda Anderson (Odessa) Off-Broadway: The Cake (MTC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mobile Unit), Teenage Dick, Miss You Like Hell (The Public); The Treasurer, Bella: An American TallTale, A Life, Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons); Sex of the Baby (Access Theatre); Obama-ology (The Juilliard School). Regional: Airness (Humana); A Doll’s House (Huntington); Three Sisters (Playmaker’s Rep); Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Intimate Apparel (Dorset Theatre Festival); Fairfield (Cleveland Play House). TV: "A League of Their Own," “New Amsterdam,” “High Maintenance,” “Madam Secretary,” “Gotham.” BFA: Howard University. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program. marindaanderson.com<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
Brittany Bellizeare (Angela) is a native of Philadelphia who currently resides in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Her New York City credits include an audio play Retreat (Constance) with National Black Theatre in Harlem, an interactive play In The Blue Hour (Emily) at La Maison d’Art Gallery in Harlem, Blacken the Bubble (Kanese) at Harlem School of the Arts, A Raisin in the Sun (Beneatha) at The Gallery Players and various festivals including The Fire This Time, 48 Hours in... Harlem, NY Fringe, and Samuel French. Regionally she’s worked at Chicago Shakespeare Theater as Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Two River
Theatre in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Ruby) and King Hedley II (Tonya), The Geva Theatre Center: The Magician’s Daughter (Miranda), The Portland Center Stage (Oregon) JAW Festival: three girls never learnt the way home (Edith), Baltimore Center Stage: Skeleton Crew (Shanita), The Guthrie: The Bluest Eye (Pecola), where she was named one of the Top 10 Actors of the Decade in The Star Tribune (Dec 2019), TheaterWorks Hartford: Sunset Baby (Nina), a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre: The Last Tiger in Haiti (Rose) [NAACP Theatre for Best Ensemble nomination] and Northern Stage: Its a Wonderful Life, a radio play (Mary) and The Mountaintop (Camae). Her TV credits include American Rust, The Blacklist, Eye Candy, and The Knick. For film she’s appeared in shorts “Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul” [which was featured on Issa Rae’s YouTube Channel for #ShortFilmSundays], “Everything Absolutely” and “But Rosita, I love you” to name a few. She received her MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama and her BS in Mathematics from Spelman College. www.brittanybellizeare.com<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
Andy Lucien (Jamal) is an artist and advocate originally from New York City, New York. He received both his bachelors and masters in theater. He has been featured in several TV shows including “The Blacklist,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary” and Netflix’s “Daredevil.” He has been a part of productions at Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse and Studio Theater as well as the Grahamstown Theater Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. Andy also wrote the article "Why I Broke Up with the American Theater" in which he details the permanent injuries he sustained performing in the show "The Rape of the Sabine Women by Grace B. Mathias." In the years since this injury he has been a vocal proponent for actor safety and empowerment.<><><><>READ MORE
Rolonda Watts (ADAH) is internationally known for her acclaimed syndicated talk show "Rolonda" (1994-98), prior to which she was an Emmy-nominated investigative news reporter, anchorwoman and producer (“Inside Edition,” “WABC-TV Eyewitness News,” “WNBC"). Her many television and film credits include "Tyler Perry's Medea's Tough Love," "Bull," “Criminal Minds," and most recently, "Partners in Rhyme."<><><><><>READ MORE
Charly Evon Simpson (Playwright) is a playwright and TV writer based in Brooklyn. Her plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, P73, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award. She is a core writer at The Playwrights' Center and this fall, she will begin her seven year residency with New Dramatists. Charly has a BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
Summer L. Williams (Director) is an award-winning director and Co-Founder/Associate Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston, where she has directed more than 20 productions, including the world-premieres of Downtown Crossing and Leftovers, Wolf Play, Miss You Like Hell (with OBERON at American Repertory Theatre), Wig Out! (with OBERON at A.R.T.), Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again, and An Octoroon and Colossal (2016 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for both productions). Other credits include The Arboretum Experience at American Repertory Theatre, Daddy Issues at Salt Lake City Acting Company New Play Sounding Series, School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Smart People at Kitchen Theatre Company and Geva Theater; Barbecue at Lyric Stage Company of Boston (2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Bootycandy at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Intimate Apparel at Lyric Stage Company; the New England Premiere of We Are Proud To Present...; How We Got On; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Lyric Stage Company; The Brothers Size and Marcus; Or The Secret Of Sweet (2012 Elliot Norton Award-nominated for Outstanding Production; 2012 IRNE Award for Best Play); Neighbors; Grimm; The Good Negro; Voyeurs De Venus (2009 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); The Bluest Eye (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award nominated); The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot; Spell #7; Jesus Hopped The A Train (2004 Elliot Norton Award for Best Fringe Production); and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992.<><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>READ MORE
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