By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Set Design by Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design by Dede M. Ayite
Lighting Design by Jen Schriever
Sound Design by Palmer Hefferan
Hair and Wig Design by Cookie Jordan
Prop Design by Noah Mease
Dialect Coach Deborah Hecht
Production Stage Manager Laura Wilson
Stage Manager Ayisha Hunt
Casting Telsey + Company / Adam Caldwell, CSA, Will Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA
Jocelyn Bioh (Playwright) is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer from New York City. NYC acting credits include: In the Blood, Everybody (Signature, Lortel Nomination), Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons), An Octoroon (Soho Rep), Neighbors (The Public Theater), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time which won the Tony® Award for Best Play in 2015. Her plays include: 2015 Kilroys’ List selection Nollywood Dreams which was presented in the Spring of 2017 as part of The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, School Girls (Kilroys’ List 2016,) Happiness and Joe (2017,) African Americans (Ruby Prize Finalist 2011) Goddess (book writer) and The Ladykiller’s Love Story, of which she conceived the story and wrote the libretto with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green. She is a commissioned playwright with MTC and Atlantic Theater Co, is a Resident Playwright at Lincoln Center and is a Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence with MCC Theater for 2017/18. B.A in English/Theatre from The Ohio State University and MFA in Playwriting.
Rebecca Taichman (Director). Broadway: Indecent by Paula Vogel (co-creator; Tony Award®, Obie, Outer Critics Circle Awards); Time and the Conways by J.B. Priestley (Roundabout). Select Off-Bway: Upcoming: This Flat Earth by Lindsey Ferrentino (PH). Previous: How To Transcend A Happy Marriage and The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl (LCT); Familiar by Danai Guirira, Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (PH); Orlando by Sarah Ruhl (CSC); Orpheus (NYCO); Dark Sisters (MTG/Gotham). Regional includes Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe, ART, OSF, McCarter, and Woolly Mammoth. Rebecca is Resident Director at The Roundabout, a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. www.rebeccataichman.com.
Nabiyah Be (Ericka Boafo) is an actor and singer-songwriter from Brazil. Her feature film debut in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther is slated for February 9th 2018. She originated the role of Eurydice (lead) in Anais Mitchel’s and Rachel Chavkin’s Hadestown (NYTW) and was an original cast member of Queen of the Night (Diamond Horseshoe). While still in Brazil, she joined Brazilian theater company Os Bumburistas and with them, developed three theater projects: “A Virada” [Winner of Braskem Theater Award for Best Play], “O Pagador de Promessas” and “O Fantasma de Canterville” [Winner of Braskem Theater Award for Best Musical]. Before moving to New York in 2010 and obtaining her BFA degree in Acting from Pace University, Nabiyah worked as a back up vocalist for iconic Brazilian artists [Daniela Mercury, Carlinhos Brown] and conceived and performed Rebel in Me, a concert of re-arranged classic and contemporary songs. Nabiyah Be is now recording her debut album due for release in spring of 2018.
MaameYaa Boafo (Paulina Sarpong) Born in Pakistan, raised in a couple European and East African countries, and hails from Ghana. MCC Debut. Theatre: Lift (Crossroads, 59e59) Hamlet ( American Globe Theatre) Comedy of Errors (The Shakespeare Project) Untamed (National Black Theatre) TV: “Blacklist,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Madam Secretary,” “American Odyssey,” “Iron Fist.” Film: The Family Fang, Where is Kyra? Olive, New York, I Love You, When It All Falls Down. Currently: An African City (2015 & 2016 best actress nominee for Golden Movie Awards). Training: M.F.A in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts-Rutgers. maameyaaboafo.com, SDG.
Paige Gilbert (Gifty) is honored to be making her Off-Broadway debut at MCC with such a dope play. She is a Detroit, MI native & SUNY Purchase BFA graduate , last seen in the New Ohio Theatre's Street Children. Love & Gratitude to Brad & The Studio along side JB Talent and Telsey & Co. for seeing the Gifty in me.
Zainab Jah (Eloise Amponsah ) Recent credits include: Maima, Eclipsed, Broadway; title role of Hamlet, (The Wilma Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo N Juliet (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, (Atlantic Theater, NYC),Prudence The Convert, Josephine, Ruined, A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Helen of Troy, Trojan Women, (Classical Theatre of Harlem), In Darfur, (The Public Theatre /NYSF), Peter Sellars’ Children Of Herakles, (European Tour.) Film / TV credits: “Homeland,” “Elementary,” New York, I Love You (Short), Law & Order SVU, Outliving Emily (with Andre Braugher and Philicia Rashad), And Then Came Love (with Vanessa Williams). Awards: Philadelphia Critcs’ Circle Best Actress Award (Hamlet ) Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award Best Featured Actress (The Convert); San Francisco Bay Area Critics’ Circle – Oustanding Performance Female Featured Role (Ruined); and Best Featured Actress, Philadelphia Critics’ Circle Feautured Actress Award (The Convert).
Níke Kadri (Ama) Off-Broadway Signature Theater: The Death of the Last Black Man…; Classic Stage Company: Iphigenia in Aulis. Regional Actors Theatre of Louisville: Cardboard Piano; Chicago Shakespeare: Twelfth Night; Guthrie Theater: We Are Proud to Present…, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; McCarter Theatre: A Christmas Carol; Ordway Center: A Christmas Story: The Musical; Shakespeare Theatre NJ: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Park Square Theatre: Mary T. & Lizzy K.; Red Eye Theater: The Secret Lives of Coats. TV “Seven Seconds,” “Divorce.” Film By the Tide Training The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. nikekadri.com.
Abena Mensah-Bonsu (Nana) MCC debut! Born (on a Tuesday, of course) and raised in New Jersey, she completed her training at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy NYC campus. Past credits - NYC: Ragtime (Ellis Island); How the Light Gets In - Water is Life (NYMF). Regional: Armelia - Ain't Misbehavin' (Oregon Cabaret); Gary Coleman - Avenue Q (Playhouse on Park); Diva - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (ZACH). Cruise Ship: Circle of Life Vocalist (Disney Cruise Line). Upcoming: Orange is the New Black, Season 6 (Netflix). To my family, friends, teachers, Dave & Jeremy at Daniel Hoff Agency, Telsey + Company, Jocelyn, Rebecca, MCC, and the fine-fine school gehls, I say "Meda w'ase paa" (Thank you very much!) Isaiah 40:31. AbenaCMB.com
Mirirai Sithole (Mercy) has performed at Classic Stage Company, 59E59, The Bushwick Starr, and other venues throughout New York City. Select NY Credits: Suzan-Lori Parks' The Death of the Last Black Man... (Signature Theatre Company) which garnered an OBIE award for best direction by Lileana Blain-Cruz, Mother Courage and Her Children for which Mirirai received the Rosemarie Tichler Award for her portrayal of Kattrin, Frontières Sans Frontières, and Autumn's Harvest (Lincoln Center Education). Regional: Remix 38 (Humana Festival) Our Town and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). TV: “Bull," "The Affair," "Master of None," "Broad City." She received her BFA in theatre from Adelphi University and was an Acting Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. MiriraiSithole.com
Myra Lucretia Taylor (Headmistress Francis) Broadway: Nine, Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, MuleBone, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: Familiar (Lortel, OCC Nominations), Informed Consent, Bethany, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Crazy Mary, Fabulation. National Tour: Wicked (as the first black Madame Morrible); Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional: Where Storms Are Born (World Premiere), Our Town, Mary (World Premiere), Going to St. Ives, The Old Settler (World Premiere) International: The Colored Museum (West End), A Winter's Tale, Pericles (RSC). TV: “Best Thing You’ll Ever Do” (Indie Web Award, Best Supporting Actress), “Atlanta”, “Girls”, “The Big C”, “Elementary”. Film: The Big Sick, Catfight, Silver Tongues, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Changing Lanes. Myra is a Fox Fellow.