February 15, 2017 - March 5, 2017
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
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
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.
Morgan McGuire ..... Dot
T. Thompson ..... Buddy
Carl Fisk ..... Man
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."
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.
(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
Clarissa Marie Ligon ..... Stage Manager Tai Thompson ..... Assistant Stage Manager
Paul Seibold ....... Press Rep - 0FF OFF PR