SEASON 22 - 2015

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Venue Address:
6773 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

IN RESPONSE

October 2015

Producers: Nancy Cheryll Davis, Nancy Renee, Nathaniel Bellamy, Veronica Thompson, Mark V. Jones, Ken Cosby

 

ABOUT

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s premiere African American theatre company, presents “In Response,” a multi-author "response" to systemic racism throughout American history. “In Response” is presented from a historical perspective, spanning from 1800 to 2015, with a collage of original scenes, poems, songs, video, and movement written and created by its members.   There will be talkbacks and a call for audience responses during the run of the show at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, Fridays through Sundays from October 9th – October 25th.

 

As artists of color, the company felt it had to respond to the recent numerous police shootings and violence against unarmed black men and women, including theBlack Lives Matter movement, and the brutality suffered by African-Americans, beginning with slavery.

 

Featuring the Towne Street Theatre Acting Company, “In Response” highlights a collection of poems, short plays and movement pieces that will touch on such poignant topics as interracial relationships, slavery, lynchings, the effects of race on public perceptions, job placement, freedom, and  life experiences, as well as the hope and optimism for the future of race in America.  There will also be video and images from the Civil War, the 1930’s, 1968 Riots, and more. 

 

WRITERS

Deonte Bolden

"No Justice" / dir. Mark V. Jones

 

Shonte Buford

"Wiseup" / dir. Mark V. Jones

 

Samantha Clay

"Two Sandras" / dir. Nancy Renee

 

Ken Cosby

"Lion's Share" / dir. Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Aissatou Diallo

"Mendacity" / dir. Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Vincent Durham

"A Concern of National Interest" / dir. Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Tiffany Heard

"Insert the Bullets and Release the Safety" / dir. Nancy Renee

 

Anthony Johnson

"Society" / Music & Lyrics by Anthony Johnson

 

Mark V. Jones

"Not Worth a Whistle" / dir. Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Madeline Puccioni

"Saturday Nighters" / dir. Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Barbara White Morgan

"Emma Claudine" / dir. Kim Harrington

 

William Warren

"Bloodline Interrupted" / dir. Mark V. Jones

 

THE ENSEMBLE

 

NO JUSTICE

By Deonte Bolden

Directed by Mark V. Jones

 

Cast: Anthony Johnson, Deonte Bolden, Laura Walsh

 

Deonte' Bolden
Deonte' Bolden

Playwright / Jordan

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Mark V. Jones
Mark V. Jones

Director

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Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson

Lester

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Laura Lee Walsh
Laura Lee Walsh

Lauren

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WISEUP

By Shonte Buford

Directed by Mark V. Jones

 

Cast: Adam Peltier, Charlotte Williams, Deonte Bolden

 

Shonte Buford
Shonte Buford

Playwright

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Mark V. Jones
Mark V. Jones

Director

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Adam Peltier
Adam Peltier

Police Officer

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Charlotte Williams
Charlotte Williams

Monica

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Deonte' Bolden
Deonte' Bolden

Devin

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TWO SANDRAS

By Samantha Clay

Directed by Nancy Renee

 

Cast: Erin Nicole Washington, Samantha Clay (*Jackie Marriott to play role of Sandra on Oct. 25th performance)

Samantha Clay
Samantha Clay

Playwright / Sandra

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Nancy Renee
Nancy Renee

Director

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Erin Nicole Washington
Erin Nicole Washington

Sandra

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Jackie Marriott
Jackie Marriott
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LION'S SHARE

By Ken Cosby

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Cast: Joshua Williams, Mark V. Jones, Veronica Thompson

 

Ken Cosby
Ken Cosby

Playwright

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Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis

Director

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Joshua Williams
Joshua Williams

Blaine

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Mark V Jones
Mark V Jones

Wade Jefferson

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MENDACITY

By Aissatou Diallo

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Cast: Shaun Fury, Shonte Buford, Tene Carter, Will Bowers

 

Aissatou Diallo
Aissatou Diallo

Playwright

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Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis

Director

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Shaun Fury
Shaun Fury

Marcus

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Shonte Buford
Shonte Buford

Jada

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Tene Carter
Tene Carter

Simone

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Will Bowers
Will Bowers

Ezra

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A CONCERN OF NATIONAL INTEREST

By Vincent Durham

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Cast: Adam Peltier, Charlotte Williams, Cristina Gonzalez, Deonte Bolden, Erin Nicole Washington,

Mark V. Jones, Samantha Clay, Shaun Fury, Will Bowers (*Jackie Marriott to replace Erin Nicole Washington on Oct. 25th performance)

 

Vincent Terrell Durham
Vincent Terrell Durham

Playwright

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Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis

Director

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Adam Peltier
Adam Peltier

Ensemble

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Charlotte Williams
Charlotte Williams

Ensemble

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Cristina Gonzalez
Cristina Gonzalez

Ensemble

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Deonte' Bolden
Deonte' Bolden

Ensemble

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Erin Nicole Washington
Erin Nicole Washington

Ensemble

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Jackie Marriott
Jackie Marriott

Ensemble

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Mark V Jones
Mark V Jones

Ensemble

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Samantha Clay
Samantha Clay

Ensemble

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Shaun Fury
Shaun Fury

Ensemble

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Will Bowers
Will Bowers

Field of Blue

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INSERT THE BULLETS AND RELEASE THE SAFETY

By Tiffany Heard

Directed by Nancy Renee

 

Cast: Anthony Johnson, Charlotte Williams, Cristina Gonzalez, Erin Nicole Washington, Joahn Webb,

Joshua Williams, Samantha Clay, Shonte Buford (*Jackie Marriott to replace Erin Nicole Washington on Oct. 25th performance)

 

Tiffany Heard
Tiffany Heard

Poet

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Nancy Renee
Nancy Renee

Director

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Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson

Ensemble

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Charlotte Williams
Charlotte Williams

Ensemble

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Cristina Gonzalez
Cristina Gonzalez

Ensemble

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Erin Nicole Washington
Erin Nicole Washington

Ensemble

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Jackie Marriott
Jackie Marriott

Ensemble

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Joahn Webb
Joahn Webb

Ensemble

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Joshua Williams
Joshua Williams

Ensemble

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Samantha Clay
Samantha Clay

Ensemble

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SOCIETY

Music & Lyrics By Anthony Johnson

Directed by Nancy Renee

 

Cast: Adam Peltier, Anthony Johnson, Charlotte Williams, Cristina Gonzalez, Erin Nicole Washington, Joahn Webb, Joshua Williams, Samantha Clay, Shaun Fury, Shonte Buford, Tene Carter  (*Jackie Marriott to replace Erin Nicole Washington on Oct. 25th performance)

 

Anthony Johnson
Anthony Johnson

Songwriter / Ensemble

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Nancy Renee
Nancy Renee

Director

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Adam Peltier
Adam Peltier

Ensemble

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Charlotte Williams
Charlotte Williams

Ensemble

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Cristina Gonzalez
Cristina Gonzalez

Ensemble

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Erin Nicole Washington
Erin Nicole Washington

Ensemble

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Jackie Marriott
Jackie Marriott

Ensemble

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Joahn Webb
Joahn Webb

Ensemble

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Joshua Williams
Joshua Williams

Ensemble

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Samantha Clay
Samantha Clay

Ensemble

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Shaun Fury
Shaun Fury

Ensemble

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Shonte Buford
Shonte Buford

Ensemble

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Tene Carter
Tene Carter

Ensemble

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NOT WORTH A WHISTLE

By Mark V. Jones

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Cast: BT Taylor, Mark V. Jones

 

Mark V Jones
Mark V Jones

Playwright / Moses

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Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis

Director

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BT Taylor
BT Taylor

Parker Simeon

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SATURDAY NIGHTERS

By Madeline Puccioni

Directed by Nancy Cheryll Davis

 

Cast: Adam Peltier, Shaun Fury, Tene Carter, Tiffany Heard

 

Madeline Puccioni
Madeline Puccioni

Playwright

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Nancy Cheryll Davis
Nancy Cheryll Davis

Director

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Adam Peltier
Adam Peltier

Oswald Villard

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Shaun Fury
Shaun Fury

Langston Hughes

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Tene Carter
Tene Carter

Zora Neale Hurston

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Tiffany Heard
Tiffany Heard

Georgia D. Johnson

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EMMA CLAUDINE

By Barbara White Morgan

Directed by Kim Harrington

 

Cast: Florence Avognon, Jael Saran, Lina Green, Shonte Buford

 

Barbara White Morgan
Barbara White Morgan

Playwright

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Kim Harrington
Kim Harrington

Director

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Florence Avognon
Florence Avognon

Emma Claudine

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Jael Saran
Jael Saran

Eddie

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Lina Green
Lina Green

Emma Claudine

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Shonte Buford
Shonte Buford

Marie

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BLOODLINE INTERRUPTED

By William Warren

Directed by Mark V. Jones

 

Cast: Daniel Mark Stafford, William Warren

 

William Warren
William Warren

Playwright / Father

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Mark V. Jones
Mark V. Jones

Director

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Daniel Mark Stafford
Daniel Mark Stafford

Son

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GET

Towne Street Theatre would like to empower the community and engage with their audience on their responses on this topic, each week after the 4:00 p.m. Sunday shows. The public is invited to share a poem, a spoken word piece, a letter, or a memory.  The public can submit their ideas to tstsubmit@yahoo.com.

 

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA 1992 riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together.  The 9th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival begins in April of 2016 and is produced in association with the Stella Adler Theatre/LA.  Towne Street has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre since 2004.

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