JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE
by August Wilson

Directed by L. Peter Callender
10th and Final Installment in our August Wilson Century Cycle Series

“Has the haunting power of a ghost story…Electrifying.”  -The Washington Post

Join us for the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle.  In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth and Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.

How do you discover your identity when your heritage has been stolen from you?

 

 

Scenic Designer: Scott Cooper*

Lighting Designer: Joseph P. Oshry*

Costume Designer: Frank Chavez

Properties Master: Jerid Fox

Sound Designer/Production Stage Manager: Rachel Harrison*

Jan 18 – Feb 26, 2017

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ALEXANDRIA CRAWFORD (Martha Loomis Pentecost) is thrilled to be making her Regional Theatre debut at American Stage. She is a recent graduate of Rollins College, where she received her B.A. in English and Theatre Arts. Her most recent credits include THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, REEFER MADNESS, LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, and ANNA IN THE TROPICS (Rollins College). Alexandria is honored to be an inaugural member of American Stage’s Acting/Production Apprentice Program, where she grew up going to see many of its productions. Many thanks to American Stage for this amazing opportunity, also to her family and friends for their love and support, especially the mentoring given by the late Janet Root.

BIANCA RIVERA-IRIONS (Zonia Loomis) is ecstatic to be making her debut with American Stage. Her most recent credits include Mimi in RENT (Tampa Preparatory Theatre), and Madge in THE GAME’S AFOOT (Tampa Preparatory Theatre). She is currently a high school junior at Tampa Preparatory School and has trained at the Patel Conservatory for over ten years. She would like to thank her Mom, Dad, friends, and Mr. Mann for all their love and support.

CALVIN M. THOMPSON* (Herald Loomis) – A native of Aiken, South Carolina, he is an alum of University of South Carolina-Aiken and AMDA. He recently appeared in the EVERY 28 HOURS Plays at the Labyrinth Theatre directed by Kareem Fahmy; and will be appearing this spring in the film featurette OPHELIA (2017) starring Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood. He is grateful to God for all his abundant blessings, and thanks to family and friends for love and support. Off-Broadway credits include COURIERS AND CONTRABANDS (TBG Theatre), AT BUFFALO (NYMF), and WELCOME TO SHOOFLY (Snapple Theatre). NY Theatre credits include A SOLDIER’S PLAY, TWO ROBERTS, SPLIT SECOND, SWEETHEARTS OF SWING, and FLAMBEUX. Regional credits include JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE, SEVEN GUITARS, A LESSON BEFORE DYING, and MARY STUART. Film & TV credits include YING-YANG and CITY OF DREAMS. Follow Mr. Thompson on Instagram and Twitter via MrCallyCal to stay updated with news.

CINDY DE LA CRUZ* (Mattie Campbell) is very excited to join the American Stage Family. She was most recently seen as Neisha in HOP THA A for the Drama League Directorfest in New York City. Other Regional credits include STUPID FUCKING BIRD (The Arden Theatre Company); STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Urbanite Theatre); THE COLORED MUSEUM (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe); IT IS WRONG TO EAT PEOPLE (Harlem Repertory Theatre); DIVIDING THE ESTATE (Florida Repertory Theatre). Up next she can be seen in DEARLY DEPARTED at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe in Sarasota. For Joe.

ELIJAH DIXON (Reuben Mercer) is a seventh-grade honors student at Admiral Farragut Academy. He has spent the past two summers studying Improvisation and Musical Theatre at American Stage where he was selected to play Fat Sam Staccetto in BUGSY MALONE, JR. and Mr. Gerald Blushing in ROCKIN’ THE BAND. His acting career began at Perkins Elementary School Center for the Arts where he was cast as Mr. Bumble in OLIVER! and Carpenter Thomas in THE ISLAND OF WEEKIE WALA WALA. Elijah enjoys singing, cooking, traveling, swimming and ministering through the art of gospel mime. He is very grateful to American Stage for giving him the opportunity to utilize his gift of expression through the performing arts.

FANNI GREEN* (Bertha Holly) was last seen in STEEL MAGNOLIAS at American Stage.  A St. Petersburg native, USF alumna, and member of the Theatre faculty at the University of South Florida (Tampa), she teaches acting, voice/speech dialects, and directs. Green’s professional acting credits include: Broadway’ MULE BONE, Off Broadway work with NY Shakespeare Festival, NY Theatre Workshop, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Film and Television credits include THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, DRUNKS, ALL MY CHILDREN, and LAW AND ORDER. A self-described ‘artist-activist’, Green’s varied work in the area includes: the ‘SAY WHAT’ play-reading series at Studio @620, Your Real Stories: DECADES OF WORK, WMNF, FINDING MADOFF, YELLOWMAN and IN THE BLOOD (Tampa Repertory, Jobsite and Stageworks Theatres). For USF Theatre she’s directed TROJAN WOMEN, WHAT THE HEART REMEMBERS (she is also the playwright), IN THE NEXT ROOM, THE ROAD WEEPS, THE WELL RUNS DRY, and GIDION’S KNOT.  Green and husband Gary Lemons, have three children and reside in Tampa.

JEMIER JENKINS (Molly Cunningham) is thrilled to make her American Stage debut. She was raised in south St. Petersburg and is a graduate of Lakewood High School’s CAT Program & is an FSU Alumni. She is Currently studying for her MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. When she is not on stage you can catch her on @IME_TVs original series SPIKED LEMONADE or teaching acting workshops at Campbell Park Community Church. New York credits include: SONNET 128 (Sonnet Project NYC); SEX RELATIONSHIPS & SOMETIMES LOVE (The Producers Club); OUTCASTS (The Actor’s Project NYC); WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD BLACK MEN (Afrikan Love Company); LOVE QUESTIONMARK (Boxed Out Productions). Jemier studied acting at WILLIAM ESPER STUDIO in NYC, is a Manhattan Monologue Slam champion, & proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Jemier would like to thank L. Peter Callender, Stephanie Gularte, the cast & crew, her mother, family, sorority sisters, & friends for their prayers, love, & support. You can follow her on social media @JemierBriel & www.JemierJenkins.com.

KIM SULLIVAN* (Seth Holly) is happy to return to the American Stage for his tenth production in the August Wilson Century Cycle. His past roles include Turnbo in JITNEY, Bono in FENCES, and one of his favorite roles, Wining Boy in THE PIANO LESSON for which he has won an AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. He was Roosevelt Hicks in RADIO GOLF, for which he was nominated for a Creative Loafing Best of the Bay award. Mr. Sullivan has also portrayed Toledo in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, Stool Pigeon in KING HEDLEY II, Canewell in SEVEN GUITARS, and Solly Two Kings in GEM OF THE OCEAN. Other credits include Cal in LITTLE FOXES at Cleveland Playhouse and Jacob Marley in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Virginia Stage. Mr. Sullivan was Judge Runyon on the soap opera ONE LIFE TO LIVE. Thanks August, Thanks American Stage.

MUJAHID ABDUL-RASHID* (Bynum) is happy to be on-board for a second time with the American Stage. Having performed in six other August Wilson plays, this role is his ninth time playing one of Wilson’s characters. He played Becker in JITNEY (American Stage),  Troy in FENCES (The San Jose Multicultural Center, San Jose, CA), Doaker in THE PIANO LESSON and Doub in JITNEY (The Portland Playhouse, Portland, OR), Caesar in GEM OF THE OCEAN (The Cygnet Theater, San Diego, CA), Hedley in SEVEN GUITARS (The Artists Rep, Portland, OR), Canewell in SEVEN GUITARS (The Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco, CA), and Memphis Lee in TWO TRAINS RUNNING (Theater Works, Palo Alto/MountainView, CA). Additionally, Mujahid has starred in Athol Fugard’s MY CHILDREN, MY AFRICA!, and the play THE REMOTE CONTROL. Abdul-Rashid is also a singer. In Junior High, upon seeing the great Joe Williams sing in front of The Count Basie Big Band (on black and white T.V.), Mujahid promised himself that one day he would do the same. It took a while, but dreams do come true: this past September he sang in front of Marcus Shelby’s 15 piece Jazz Orchestra. “Find that thing that gives you that zest for life and as best you can, stick with it. That’s part of what this thing called life is about.”

RICHARD B. WATSON* (Rutherford Selig) was most recently seen as Sumner in the first national tour of CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE, Peter Tchaikovsky in MOZART IN THE JUNGLE on Amazon. Orlando, Pennsylvania, Hampton, Georgia, and Milwaukee Shakespeare Companies; Arkansas Rep, Ensemble Studio Theater, Irish Rep, Asolo Rep, Pioneer, Human Race, Merry-Go-Round, Sacramento Music Circus, Pittsburgh Public, Coconut Grove, Pirate Playhouse, Sterling Renaissance, Disney World, Wellfleet Harbor. Shakespeare credits include MACBETH, PERICLES, HENRY V, HENRY VIII, RICHARD III, KING JOHN, HAMLET, KING LEAR, OTHELLO, TEMPEST, TAMING OF THE SHREW, MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, AS YOU LIKE IT, TITUS ANDRONICUS. Richard has also been seen as  John Adams in 1776, Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY, Zach in A CHORUS LINE, Long John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND: A NEW MUSICAL, Applegate in DAMN YANKEES, George in WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, CP Ellis in THE BEST OF ENEMIES, Sherlock Holmes in SHERLOCK HOLMES & THE WEST END HORROR, James Lawson in RACE, Squeers/Hawk in NICHOLAS NICKLEBY. Film & TV credits include PS, I LOVE YOU; LAW & ORDER: CI; DELOCATED; ONION SPORTS NETWORK. Richard has an MFA from The Academy For Classical Acting.

SATCHEL ANDRÉ (Jeremy Furlow) is ecstatic to be working with the American Stage again. He is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he works as an actor. His most recent TV appearances include DEADLY WIVES, 99 PERCENT GANG, and CLASS: THE WEB-SERIES. Other Credits include THE BREAK-UP (Fringe Theater); DETROIT ’67 (Courage Theater); and PRAY TO BALL (Skylight Theater). In his free time Satchel enjoys making music on his laptop. Please keep up with him on his twitter page @aboycalledsatch. Satchel would like to thank each and every one of you for coming to see this production of August Wilson’s JOE TURNER COME & GONE.

SHELBY RONEA (Zonia Loomis) is delighted to join this distinguished cast in her theatrical debut at American Stage. Professionally acting since 2014, she has shared her talents in various performance platforms which includes a web series, television and film. Residing in the Tampa Bay area, Shelby is a Senior Acting Major at Howard W. Blake High School. Training at some of the most highly-regarded institutions in the country, She has accepted summer scholar invitations to Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, Pace University and The Second City Training Center in Chicago. Special thanks to her family, Eugenie Bondurant, Ricky Wayne and Patel Conservatory.

TYRESE POPE (Reuben Mercer) was last seen playing David Dennis in ALL THE WAY at Gibbs High School’s Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Other productions include: Dance Ensemble in IN THE HEIGHTS, Gabe in RHYME DEFERRED, and Sonny Pollit in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. He would like to thank his family for having faith in his career choice, his girlfriend Jazmyn for believing in him even when he didn’t, Ms. Sutherlin for being an absolutely incredible acting teacher, and God for allowing this to happen.

American Century Cycle
CELEBRATION

Sunday, January 29 | 5PM
Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum & Legacy Garden

American Stage becomes the 12th theatre in the world to complete August Wilson’s American Century Cycle

Join American Stage artists and friends on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden as we celebrate the exciting conclusion of our 10-year commitment to producing playwright August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle.

Enjoy a night to remember that will include live visual and performing arts entertainment along with cocktails, dinner and festivities in support of American Stage as we pay tribute to this momentous accomplishment together.

The event begins at 5PM at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum and Legacy Garden.

SOLD OUT
For information on cancellations and availability please call 727.823.1600 x 203. 

The American Century Cycle Celebration is a special fundraiser benefiting American Stage Theatre. The benefit value of the evening is $50 per person with the remainder of your purchase as a tax-deductible charitable contribution. Please call the development team at 727.823.1600 ext. 207 for any additional information or email development@americanstage.org. Proceeds from this extraordinary evening support the artistic & educational programming at American Stage Theatre.

Spotlight on…JOE TURNER: FORUM

Monday, February 6th | 7pm
$5 for General Public
Free for American Stage Subscribers and Act 1 Club Members

“New beginnings” often hold both opportunities and immense challenges. JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE reminds us of the complex search for identity in a post-slavery America. More than a window to the past, the play is a compelling reminder of a very present journey for black Americans and for communities throughout Tampa Bay and across our nation. Join a lively conversation with a panel of community leaders who bring a breadth of knowledge and perspective on the African American journey in our city and our nation, as well as artists from our production of Joe Turner’s Come & Gone.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Mozell Davis, First African-American female supervisor of Special Programs in Pinellas County Schools
Kenneth Irby, Community Intervention Director at St. Petersburg Police Department
Bob Devin Jones, Artistic Director & Co-Founder of Studio@620
Gwendolyn Reese, President of the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg
Terri Lipsey Scott, Chair of the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum
Alfonso Woods, Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church
Alexandria Crawford, Acting & Production Apprentice at American Stage, Martha in JOE TURNER…


Spotlight on JOE TURNER…PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE ticket holders

Spotlight on…JOE TURNER: FOREWORD

Guest Artist: A Conversation with L Peter Callender & Kim Sullivan
Date: Sunday, January 8th at 1PM

Take your theatre going experience to the next level through an informative and entertaining lecture. Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE.

Following the presentation, special guest artist Kim Sullivan (Seth Holly) will join us for an intimate conversation on his role in JOE TURNER, as well as, his stunning accomplishment of appearing in all ten plays in our August Wilson American Century Cycle Series. L Peter Callender (director, and Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company) will also join us to explore the artistry behind this production.


PRIDE Night

Wednesday, January 25 | Reception at 6PM | Show at 7PM

Spend a night OUT at American Stage! Before the performance, mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a BOGO special on our signature cocktail crafted by Station House.

Includes an exclusive post-show presentation from an American Stage artist/staff member and a local LGBTQ community leader.


Young American Night

Thursday, January 26 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE with BOGO Specialty Drinks. 

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email youngamerican@americanstage.org


Spotlight on…JOE TURNER: CHATBACK

Thursday, January 26
Sunday, February 05
Talk-back with the cast of JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE

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