February 15, 2017 - March 5, 2017

Visionary Voices:

2 Women Writers - 3 Big Stories

Gloria Maddox Theatre - 151 West 26th Street, 7th floor - New York, NY

Closed March 5 after 15 performances

These three poignant plays by two pioneering women playwrights 

explore gender roles, race, and death in America’s early twentieth century ... 

A big THANK YOU to all of you who saw the show!!  

We are very proud of the show and appreciate your support!

"...Visionary Voices brings together a perfectly quilted collection of one acts that will without doubt leave you riveted, even smitten, by all that a good performance can do." by Kristine Morale for BroadwayWorld

Trifles, by Susan Glaspell

Cheri Wicks*, Mel House*    photo by Basil Rodericks   

EXIT: An Illusion, By Marita Bonner

   T. Thompson, Morgan McGuire, Carl Fisk       

photo by Carrie Crow

CAST:

Cheri Wicks*..... Mrs. Hale 

Mel House* ..... Mrs. Peters 

Michael Birch* ..... Mr. Hale 

Arthur Aulisi* ...... Mr. Peters 

Chris Harcum* ..... County Attorney

The People, By Susan Glaspell

Cheri Wicks*, Erin Gilbreth*,

Chris Harcum*, Arthur Aulisi*  

photo by Basil Rodericks

* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association        

Trifles

By Susan Glaspell 

A "ripped from the headlines" murder-mystery is the inspiration for Glaspell's iconic play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look to the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see the course of events that lead to a woman's desperate act.

"Three plays combine to make Visionary Voices a very ambitious, smartly designed evening of theater - a platform for the 20th-century female experience that rings true still today."  by Charlotte Arnoux - Theater is Easy  http://www.theasy.com/Reviews/2017/V/visionaryvoices.php

Exit: An Illusion

By Marita Bonner

a lovers quarrel? a nightmare? a dream?

The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised.

So Live, Love Now.

CAST:

Morgan McGuire ..... Dot 

T. Thompson ..... Buddy 

Carl Fisk ..... Man

The People

By Susan Glaspell 

The radical newspaper "The People," run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers each take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much needed inspiration, just in time to save "The People."

CAST:

Carl Fisk .... Tom Howe 

Erin Gilbreth* ..... Sara 

Nihara Nichelle ..... The Artist 

Sidiki Fofana ..... The Boy from Georgia 

Madeline Lovegrove ..... The Philosopher 

Cheri Wicks* ..... The Woman from Idaho 

Mel House* ..... The Earnest Approach 

Michael Birch* ..... The Man from the Cape 

Arthur Aulisi* ..... Ed Willis 

Chris Harcum* ..... Oscar Tripp 

Morgan McGuire ..... The Light Touch

Aimee Todoroff - Director of Trifles & The People  by Susan Glaspell

Aimee Todoroff is a director and producer originally from Dayton, OH, currently working in New York City and regionally.  She has been a part of two Obie Award-winning projects, performing in Peculiar Works Project’s Off Stage-the East Village Fragments and directing Green for the Metropolitan Playhouse’s 2010-2011 Season. Recently, she directed Hedda Gabler at the Gilbert Theatre in NC, and will return in the Spring to direct The Secret Garden. She has also directed at Primary Stages, The Living Theatre, HERE Arts Center, The Westside Theater, Guild Hall and at various site-specific locations around New York City. She has directed the premieres of works by Cusi Cram, Daisy Foote, and Chris Harcum, including We Haven’t Told Anyone About This, Rabbit Island, American Gun Show, a 5-star reviewed show in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and presented a workshop of a Halley Feiffer’s, A Funny Thing Happened… Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers of New York City, in the spring of 2015 prior to its off-broadway production at MCC. As Artistic Director of the independent theatre company Elephant Run District, Aimee conceived and developed the popular Brecht in the Park Series, bringing free, outdoor performances of Brecht’s lesser knows plays to an underserved community. An enthusiastic collaborator, Aimee has helped develop many plays, including Turing Test by Dom DeGaetano, The Girls of Ward 3 by Tom Slot, Mighty Good Company by Tim Nolan and How to Bury a Saint by Janice Maffei. Aimee received her MFA in Directing from Southampton Arts, studying with Marsha Norman, Nick Mangano and Rinde Eckert, and has taken master classes with Karen Kohlhaas, Joanna Merlin, Neil LaBute and Kim Wield. Aimee was the Assistant Director under the director John Rando and the playwright David Ives for Classic Stage Company’s production of The Heir Apparent.  Please visit aimeetodoroff.org or elephantrundistrict.org

Tonya Pinkins - Director of Exit: An Illusion  by Morita Bonner

TONYA PINKINS - produced, directed and adapted the short film “WHAT CAME AFTER” with Christopher Oscar Pena from his play by the same name which was produced in the 2016 at Eclectic Festival.  She directed: “Miss Roj” from THE COLORED MUSEUM for Project One Voice at The Kimble Theater, “A Visit Home” by Jeffrey Sweet in 2013, “Colored Boys” by Jesse Alick in 48 Hours in Harlem, “V-Day, the Vagina Monologues” at The World Health Ministry Conference in Mexico, “The Klucking of Hens” by Carol Lockwood at New Professional Theater, “Lord’s Resistance” by Camille Darby's at The National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, “Dead Peoples Things” by Patricia Ione Lloyd at Red Circle Rising and co-directed “EASY TO LOVE” by Larry Powell in the Fire This Time Festival. She has been developing Blaine Teamer’s “#BoxSeats” at NYTW and in National Black Theater's Monday Night Reading Series. Tonya is a Tony, Obie Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Award winning actor. She teaches privately and at The Atlantic Theater School’s NYU program. Tonya is the author of Get OVER YOURSELF: How to Drop The Drama and Claim The Life You Deserve (Hyperion Books). Tonya works The African American Policy Forum and actively supports #SayHerName and TheMovementForBlackLives among other causes and organizations.

 Design Team: 

(Raphael) Mingshuo Zhao .....Set Designer
Christopher Weston ..... Lighting Designer
Matthew Fischer ..... Sound Designer
Samantha Hewitt .....Graphic Designer
Nancy Nichols ...... Costume Designer

DeShon Elem ...... Assist. Costume Designer

Production Team:

Clarissa Marie Ligon ..... Stage Manager Tai Thompson ..... Assistant Stage Manager

Paul Seibold ....... Press Rep - 0FF OFF PR

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