Production Team

Playwright.....................................................................................Gabriel Jason Dean

Director..........................................................................................Ari Laura Kreith

Dramaturg.....................................................................................Natashia Lindsey

Sound Designer & Composer ...................................................Megan Deets Culley

Technical Director........................................................................Joey Yow

Technical Team............................................................................Natalie Tirendi

                                                                                                 Brandon  Morrison

                                                                                                 Lily Greenberg

Cast

 

Gabriel's Dad..................................................................................J. Stephen Brantley

Gabriel Jason Dean.......................................................................Himself

Female Robo-Voice......................................................................Jessica Dean

Warden Dozier..............................................................................Kevin Dougherty

Gabriel's Mom...............................................................................Patricia French

Uncle Johnny..................................................................................John P. Keller

Scrappy..........................................................................................Trevor St. John-Gilbert

About the Artists

Gabriel Jason Dean (Playwright) - Learn more about Gabriel at his website. 

Ari Laura Kreith (Director) - Learn more about Ari here.

Natashia Lindsey (Dramaturg) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and faculty associate in Africana and Black Studies at Central Washington University. An interdisciplinary scholar, her work often focuses on the many intersections of race and performance including racial performativity and the unmasking of whiteness and white supremacy. She is also a fat activist and works to eradicate fatphobia in the field of theatre. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin's Performance as Public Practice program and a M.A. and B.S. in Pan-African Studies from the University of Louisville.

 J. Stephen Brantley (Gabriel's Dad) is an actor and playwright living and working in New York and Los Angeles. OFF-BROADWAY: Mope (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Murder In The First (The Directors Co./59E59), Pirira (Theatre 167). REGIONAL: The Legend Of Georgia McBride (ETC Santa Barbara), The Night Alive (Guild Hall East Hampton), Of Mice And Men (Bay Street Theater, North Coast Rep), Romeo And Juliet and R & J & Z (Opera House Arts). TV: “FBI:Most Wanted” (CBS), “Gotham” (Fox) “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter” (Adult Swim), “Single Parents” (Hulu), “Animal Kingdom” (TNT), “Happy!” (Syfy). FILM: “Beach Rats”, “Deleted Scenes”, “A Piece Of Cake”, “The Evolution of Nate Gibson”. Coming soon: “The Good Fight” (CBS), American Horror Story: Pilgrim (FX), “Succession” (HBO). Brantley is an eight-time New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee, recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. and winner of the Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Actor at the 2013 Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival.

Kevin Dougherty (Warden Dozier)  is an Atlanta-based theatre and TV actor.  He has appeared at Aurora Theatre, Stage Door Players, Georgia Ensemble and developed work at the University of Texas, Austin.  You may have even seen him as Santa Claus in Canadian Reality TV. He likes to joke that his house is more famous than him, having provided set for movies starring Glenn Close, Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. He has a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and and MA in Education from Georgia State University.

Jessica Dean (Female Robo-Voice) is a Brooklyn based writer, actor, director, and Associate Artistic Director of Molière in the Park, Brooklyn’s first free theatre in Prospect Park.  She worked professionally in Atlanta both as a director,  actor, and teacher as well as a Business Manager and Interim Managing Director for Actor’s Express and Dad’s Garage for 7 years before leaving to earn her MFA in Illinois.  She recently finished writing the full-length feature film, Get Gomez, alongside her partner and longtime collaborator, Gabriel Jason Dean. During their yearlong residency with The Civilians, she developed a theatrical happening and musical  entitled Our New Town which received its first full run last year at Wagner College and is set to run at Northwestern University this spring.  Currently, she is a visiting adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College specializing in classical acting and directing. 

She received her BA in Theatre from Oglethorpe University and her MFA in classical work from Illinois State University.

Patricia French (Gabriel's Mom), raised a Navy brat, was born in San Diego, California, and lived in California, Florida, and all over the world (mostly amazing islands). Some 20 schools later, Patricia’s acting career was ordained and it has saved her life and given her much joy.

 

Patricia began her career as a theatre actor, as well as a voice-over talent.  Some of her favorite roles include: Blanche in Streetcar Named Desire; Eleanor in Lion in Winter; Mary in Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Arkadina in The Seagull; Mrs. Kendall in The Elephant Man; Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; and the one-woman show, Search For Signs of Intelligence in the Universe.

She was seen for three seasons on Lifetime’s “Army Wives”, as Betty, the take-no-shit owner (with a heart of gold) of the Hump Bar.

 

You may also hear her as the voice of Lil, in “Squidbillies”, on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

Some of her film and TV credits include:  Last Dance, Life As You Know It, My Fake Fiance,  Hall Pass, Three Stooges, Wanderlust, The Change Up, Parental Guidance, The Watch, Let’s Be Cops, Trouble With the Curve, Dumb and Dumber To, The Resident and The Act.

 

Recently Patricia was seen as one of the leads in POMS, with Diane Keaton.  She has also appeared in Showtime’s Good Lord Bird.  This year Patricia will be seen in BET’s Better and in the final season of Ozark on Netflix.

 

For my Honey Tasman.

 

Patricia is represented by People Store, Atlanta and New Orleans, and CMA Entertainment, Los Angeles and New York.

Trevor St. John Gilbert (Scrappy) Thank you so much for inviting me on this journey! It was such a gift to be part of this. NYC: LadyShip (NYMF), Pride and Prejudice (Hudson Warehouse), Shadow of Heroes (Metropolitan Playhouse), Among the Furies (FringeNYC), Martian Child (New York Theatre Barn), The Awakening (Musical Theatre Factory), The Church of Why Not (Theatre 167). Cruise: Footloose (Norwegian Cruise Lines). Regional: Les Miserables (The MUNY). TV/Web Series: "Living with Strangers" , (Terry Ofosuhene Prod.) Film: "Picket Fence" , (Emerson Gordon Prod.). BFA, Musical Theatre, University of Michigan

Joey Yow (Technical Director) is the Managing Director for Luna Stage. A filmmaker, director, and teacher, Joey’s recent credits at Luna Stage include technical direction and graphic design for #RIFT, technical direction of Gay History for Straight People, and Camp Director for Luna’s summer education programming. He runs the Film program at Newark Academy, and is the director of the upcoming short film 10-62. www.joeyyow.com

Megan "Deets" Culley (Sound Designer & Composer) is an NYC-based Sound Designer and Composer. Credits include: GROUNDED (Dobama Theatre), CULLUD WATTAH and THE LOOPHOLE (The Public Theater), ANTIGONE (Cleveland Play House), TERMINUS (NYTW), PONY UP (The New School), SPELLING BEE (ACT of CT), THE COLOR PURPLE (Theatre Horizon), ROAN @ THE GATES (Luna Stage), and INANIMATE (the Flea Theater)  www.meganculley.com