Produced in Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Freedom Day
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas
A searing coming of age story, considered by many to be Athol Fugard's masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother's tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.
Starring Tony Knotts, Jamil A.C. Mangan and Beethovan Oden.
Production and Design: Jay Spriggs (Sound Design), Paul Tate dePoo III
(Set Design), Jorge Arroyo (Lighting Design), Deborah Caney (Costume
Design), Liz Cesario (Production Manager), and Mary Ellen Allison
Talkback with the cast and special guests,
Lorna K. Johnson of Global Linkages and
Cultural Arts Consultant Desiree P. Urquhart.
Meet the Director
Reginald L. Douglas
Reginald L. Douglas is the 2050 Directing Fellow at New York Theater
Workshop, the inaugural Van Lier Directing Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center (2010-2012), and a finalist for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation's Gielgud and Ockrent
Fellowships. Reginald has directed extensively throughout New York at
venues including Culture Project, Theater Row, DR2, Access Theater,
LaMaMa/Fringe, Harlem School of the Arts, and many others, and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Luna Stage, and the DC Black Theater Festival. Highlights include the premiere productions of Ruby Place Nest on the Ground by Angelica Chèri, You Can’t Die Here aka Not
Normal by Paul Notice, and Scared of Sarah by Laura Brienza, and a sold-out revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Reginald has assistant directed for several leading players in the field on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally, including Emily Mann, Sam
Gold, Peter DuBois, Sam Buntrock, Ethan McSweeny, Daniel Beaty, Jo Bonney, Lynn Nottage, Zach Braff and others, and worked at several notable theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and McCarter Theatre. Please check out his website for more information on his work: www.reginalddouglas.com
Read This Interview With Reginald on Stagebuddy.com.
Meet the Cast
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(Hally) received his acting B.F.A. from Montclair State University in 2012. Thrilled for his first performance, Mr. Knotts past credits include (NYC): Claire Went to France (Johnathon), Night
Blooming Jasmine (Ibrahim/Gabe), Regional: Of Mice and Men (Curley),
Film/TV: SciFi's School Spirits (College Student), La Traviatta
Jamil A.C. Mangan
(Sam) credits include The Mountaintop (Theaterworks Hartford) in which he received a Connecticut Critics Circle Nomination for the role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., A Raisin in the Sun
(Perseverance), RUINED (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), Lost Boy Found In
Whole Foods (Premiere Stages), AUDELCO Award winner for Best Supporting Actor in What Would Jesus Do? (Billie Holiday Theatre), August Wilson's Woman (AUDELCO Award for 'Outstanding Ensemble'), My
Soul Is A Witness (National Tour), Romeo & Juliet (Connecticut Free Shakespeare), The Greeks (Manhattan Ensemble Theatre), The Bluest Eye (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) My Lord What A Morning (Arden
Theatre), Boy Willie in Piano Lesson (Arts Bank), Camp Logan (Kimble
Theatre). TV/Film: AUGUST WILSON: THE GROUND I STAND (Directed by SAM
POLLARD for PBS), THE FOLLOWING, The Dave Chappelle Show, A DANGEROUS
PLACE, HEAD TRAUMA, and as Thelonious Monk in THELONIOUS HANDS.
(Willie) is thrilled to make his debut with Luna Stage Company. Mr. Oden is a native of Oakland, California who resides in
New York. He is a graduate of both Cornish College of the Arts (B.F.A)
and Southern Methodist University (M.F.A). He is a winner of the
Ossie Davis award for Best Featured Actor. Regional credits: Capital
Stage Company The Mountaintop and Clybourne Park, Victory Gardens
Theatre My Children! My Africa!, Dallas Theater Center Henry IV pt 1&2, Seattle Repertory Theatre Anna in the Tropics, Colorado Shakespeare Festival Our Town, Shakespeare Santa Cruz The Comedy of
Errors, Indiana Repertory Theatre Jackie & Me, Nebraska Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Twelfth Night and Southern Methodist University
Margo Jones Theatre Othello.