but whose history?
James Cameron and Mary Ball emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, Indiana. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, they look back on those events, and their lives, in this work
The Indiana Repertory Theatre.
As their past and present lives intermingle,
Cameron and Ball discover that their remembrances of that day differ even if their experiences were the same-challenging us to wrestle with the tensions between memory, history,
TALK-BACKS, & MASTER CLASSES WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT!
January 25th (Opening Night!) & January 26th!
"Speakeasy" Event/Benefit with the Playwright!
Music, Wine, Light Appetizers, and a Pre-show Talk with the Playwright!
-6pm until house opens at 7:30. Performance at 8. Post show talkback as well!-
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT, CAST & CREW...
Playwright, Charles Smith
Charles Smith’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and from coast to coast by theaters such as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, New Federal Theatre, The Acting Company, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Penumbra, Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland, Crossroads Theatre Company, Penguin Repertory Theatre, Ujima Theatre Company, The Colony Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, Ensemble Theatre in Houston, and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Nine of his plays received their world premiere productions at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Three of his plays, The Gospel According to James, Sister Carrie, and Les Trois Dumas, were all commissioned and produced by Indiana Repertory Theatre. Les Trois Dumas has also been produced by People’s Light & Theatre and by Independent Theatre in Adelaide, South Australia, and his play The Gospel According to James was also produced by Victory Gardens Theater. His play, Denmark, was the inaugural production of the reopening of Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, and his play Pudd’nhead Wilson, commissioned and produced by The Acting Company, enjoyed a twenty-two city national tour before being produced Off-Broadway. His plays Takunda and City of Gold enjoyed tours of the west coast and his play Knock Me a Kiss was recently produced in New York, directed by Chuck Smith and featuring André De Shields. His work has also been produced for the HBO New Writers Project, the International Children’s Theater Festival in Seattle, and The National Black Theatre Festival. His other plays include, Freefall, The Sutherland, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard, Cane, and Free Man of Color, which was also produced in Australia, New York, Los Angeles, and around the United States. Free Man of Color was also awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award and a John W. Schmid Award, both for Outstanding New Work. He has also received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Illinois Arts Council Governors Award, Princess Grace Fellowship, the Cornerstone National Playwriting Award, the Joyce Award, The National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the Theodore Ward National Playwriting Award, two Black Theatre Alliance Awards for New Work, the NBC New Voices Award, and numerous other AUDELCO, Jeff, NAACP, and Black Theatre Alliance award nominations. He is als0 author of two Emmy Award-winning teleplays, Fast Break to Glory and Pequito. As alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and one of the founding members of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, he has taught playwriting at Northwestern University, for the Prague Summer Program in Creative Writing in the Czech Republic, and for the Center for Dramatic Art in Groznjan, Croatia. He currently head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University, Distinguished Professor of Playwriting, and Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar in the Arts and Humanities.
Director, Celeste Cosentino
. was raised by Ensemble Theatre and has a special dedication to it's continuation for many years to come. She is honored with the opportunity to work on the Ohio Premiere of this wonderful script. Thank you Charles.
Assistant Director, Aaron Elersich
Dramaturg, Tyler Whidden
Aaron has been a staple in Northeast Ohio Theatre for the better part of the last decade. In addition to his work with Ensemble, Aaron has directed and produced critically acclaimed projects with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and has been seen on numerous stages throughout the region including The Cleveland Playhouse, The Beck Center, and Lakeland Civic Theater.
Tyler is a Cleveland-born playwright, actor, and director. After receiving his BFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, he traveled the country as a stand-up comedian before moving to Chicago. While in the Windy City, Tyler worked with Victory Gardens and The Neo-Futurists theaters, honing his craft. He recently earned his MFA from Goddard College and lives in Cleveland. He would like to thank Claudia (whereever you are), Katy Z (for the inspiration), Darrah C and Neil L (for the guidance), and his Goddard and PIB families (for the love and support). Most importantly, he would like to thank his smoking-hot wife, Angie, for everything.
James, Peter Lawson Jones*
Marie , Anne McEvoy
Since resuming his acting career in 2008 after a nearly thirty year hiatus, Peter, who can presently be seen in the motion picture Alex Cross, has appeared in over a dozen films, on network television in ABC's Detroit 1-8-7, in a web series and on stages throughout Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Play House, Karamu House, Oberlin College and Weathervane Playhouse. Three short films in which he has appeared have recently been screened at the New York, Cleveland International and Greater Cleveland Urban film festivals. Among his theatrical credits are Ruined, A Carol for Cleveland, Huck Finn's Story and A House With No Walls. He has also performed in staged readings off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane and Ensemble Studio theatres. A play he penned, The Family Line, has been produced at Karamu, Ohio University and Harvard University, where he received his bachelor's and law degrees. Jones, a married father of three, is the executive director of Fatherhood 101, a documentary on the importance of responsible fatherhood that is currently in production. In addition to his work as a professional actor and voice-over artist, he is an attorney, business consultant, on-air television political analyst and a former elected official of twenty-two years. For more information, please see www.peterlawsonjones.com.
(*Member of Actors' Equity Association)
Always happy to spend time at Ensemble, Anne is grateful to be back after having just appeared in Jonathan Wilhelm's Miracle & Wonder, directed by Ian Hinz. Previous work here includes Destroying the Light and Dividing the Estate. Elsewhere she’s performed at Actor’s Summit, Beck, Center, Blank Canvas, Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama, Great Lakes Theatre, Karamu, and Ohio Shakespeare Festival. Being involved in The Gospel According to James, working with Celelste and so many new people, including our playwright, in helping to tell this important story has been equal parts adventure and privilege.
Claude, Keith E. Stevens*
Mary, Katie Nabors-Strong
Keith is thrilled to be making his debut at Ensemble Theater in this tremendous play with this wonderful artistic team! Keith was seen last season in Woodie Guthrie's American Song, The Importance of Being Earnest, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Actors' Summit in Akron. NYC credits include The Snob (Actors Studio), Audience (Brooklyn Playwright’s Collective), Last Train to Nibroc, Fool for Love, The Honey Makers and the world premiere of 2:51 (all at Circle in the Square Downtown), Deserters (Bernie West Theater), Loader #26 (Theater for a New City) and Big Al (ASDS). Keith holds a MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School and a BA in Theater from Cleveland State University. He is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Keith can be seen later this season at Actors' Summit playing C.S. Lewis in Freud's Last Session and Raymond in Manning Up. Love and thanks to Connie and little Fiona!
(*Memeber of Actors' Equity Association)
Most recently Katie was seen opening the Ensemble Theatre Second Stage as Joan Webber in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. In Cleveland, Katie has been seen on the stage at Cleveland Public Theatre as Lulu in Poor Little Lulu, at Blank Canvas Theatre in the ensemble of Hellcab, at Ensemble Theatre as the stenographer in Waiting for Lefty, and at the Beck Center as Louise in the Underpants. In Detroit, Katie has been seen on the Meadow Brook Theatre stage as Daisy in Biloxi Blues and Ann Darrow in Kong's Night Out. Katie has performed internationally in Greece and Ukraine. She performed throughout Greece in an English touring production of Lysistrata and while in Ukraine she performed in a Ukrainian/English bi-lingual production of Medea as Young Medea. Katie holds a BFA in theatre performance and dance from Oakland University in Michigan.
Apples, J'Vaughn T. Briscoe
Abe, Kyle Carthens
J'Vaughn Terell Briscoe has been acting since the age of 6, where he played the role of "Jack" in Babes in Toyland at the East Cleveland Theatre. J'Vaughn went on to attend the Cleveland School of the Arts where he majored in both Theatre and Dance, having been exclusively trained by Alison Chase of Pilobolus. J'Vaughn starred in his first lead role as "Tupac" for a Michael Oatman (playwright in residence at Karamu) orignal script, "The Triangle" which was featured at Cain Park. He also starred in Karamu's orignal production "You Got Nerve" as the leading male "D". In early 2012, J'Vaughn starred in his first production at the Ensemble Theatre as the character "EZ" in "Lower Ninth". J'Vaughn hopes to better himself as an all around actor and someday hopes to bring Hollywood to Cleveland!
Tommy, Antuane Rogers
’s Well that Ends Well as Younger Dumanine/1st Lord.Also at Case, Antuane was in The Zoo Story as Peter, Much Ado about Nothing as Conrad. At the Players' Theater Group he was featured in productions of Rumors as Ken Gorman, and The Sweetest Swing in Baseball as Brian. Antuane is an alumnus of the National Theater Institute. While studying at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Antuane created and appeared in Want.Need.Feed as an ensemble member. Additonal performances include CWRU Cultural Dinner production's of Diversity. Antuane has studied in London, England with both Shakespeare’s Globe and members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Antuane perfomed at Shakespeare’s Globe (London, England) in the University of Washington's (St. Louis) ensemble production of William Shakespeare’s varied works. Antuane has a B.A. in Theater Arts from Case Western Reserve University. Thank you to my Mother Brenda Cannon for being the light of my life, my sisters (Brittney and Bridget), and the love of my life, Latesha, for being my rock and breathing passion back into my life.
Hoot, Tim Walsh
Valerie Young has performed at Ensemble Theatre for nearly 30 years under the loving direction of two generations of Colombis; first Lucia and her sister Licia, and now Lucia’s equally passionate daughter Celeste. Audience members saw Valerie last season as part of the Colombi New Play Festival in the role of Claire in Dancing with N.E.D. Other Ensemble credits include Mary Jo in Dividing The Estate, Sue Jack Hooker in The Lucky Spot, Elena Guarneri in The Magic Fire, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Jessie Mae Watts in Trip to Bountiful and Macon in Abundance. An avid theatre goer, Val urges everyone to support ALL theatre in the area. “Cleveland is alive and vibrant when it comes to its theatre offerings. Ensemble is just one of many theatres to offer up an abundance of amazing pieces of work. Thank you Celeste, Ian and Martin for your undying passion, integrity and just a hint of insanity!”
Tim is pleased to make his Ensemble Theatre debut in The Gospel According to James. A veteran of many stages throughout Northeast Ohio, Tim’s recent credits include: Briggs in Rented Christmas – The Musical (Cassidy Theatre), Detective in the staged reading of Angelic Voices in Ritardando (Cleveland Public Theatre), Rulon Stacey in The Laramie Project (Brecksville Theatre on the Square), Joey in A Steady Rain (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre), Bert Power in Send Me No Flowers (Workshop Players), Bill Fordham in August: Osage County (Brecksville Theatre on the Square), Horace Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird (Aurora Community Theatre), Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off (Cassidy Theatre) and Mr. Forbright in Cash on Delivery (Huntington Playhouse). When not on stage, Tim works for KeyBank and resides in Westlake with his eternally supportive partner Mark, and their retired racing greyhound, Chris.
Stage Manager, Amanda Lin Boyd
Amanda Lin Boyd is thrilled to be a part of her first production at Ensemble Theatre! Amanda has stage managed for the Actors’ Summit, the City of Akron’s holiday productions, as well as the Keegan Theatre Company based out of Washington D.C., a company whom she traveled with to Ireland for three tours. Amanda lives in Lakewood with her fiancé and their dog Crouton.