As Wittiswood and Jah-niece reside in a new high rise condo in downtown Brooklyn, see if all hell will break loose and destroy their little slice of heaven in this drama that challenges our concepts of privilege and stereotypes balanced against homelessness
Special Thanks from the Playwright
A debt of gratitude is owed to all who helped make this production possible. This includes every person who held out a helpful and welcoming hand at the Theater for the New City and each member of the talented cast and crew. We especially thank Crystal Field for continuing to hold, convey and demonstrate appreciation and support for my work. It remains a significant goal to do all I can to ensure her confidence is well-placed.
The subject matter about which I write, while often socially significant to many, is not always the most commercial in nature and therefore not always indicative of that which would normally be seen as worthy of financial support. This tends to ring true for those who think first and most of the “bottom line” or extent to which the show’s pizazz, bells and whistles will sound an alarm for flash in the pan hoopla and monetary support. For us, it is not about a feel-good moment. To the contrary, we seek to be a viable vehicle for the presentation of interesting subject matter and talented actors who can help spark thoughtful contemplation and needed conversations. It is such conversations that have the potential for changing a tide of thought and behavior, inspiring understanding, acceptance and change that can be most far-reaching and ever-lasting. Person by person and heart by heart, we wish to be the change that we seek.
I sincerely thank each individual who has taken time to see what we have presented and to read about our team members who have worked tirelessly to help bring this production to you. We truly hope you have enjoyed it and will reach out in the event you want to see us perform for you in the future at your favorite theater, school, church, park or special event. There is no place too big, too small or too far. We love what we do and love bringing it to you! Thank you again for making this production so special by just being a part of it. Whether you were in the audience, on the stage or behind the scenes, I know it would not have been the same without YOU.
Respectfully and Appreciatively, Andrea J. Fulton
OneRightAnswer@gmail.com (718) 812-4252
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Andrea J. Fulton was born in Chicago and is the founder of the Anderson & Bert Cade Fulton Foundation, also known as the Fulton Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the performing arts aspirations of adults pursuing the arts later in life. She is a member of the Drama Guild and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). A graduate of Northwestern University, Andrea is a creative trailblazer and an inspiring business leader managing community organizations, her own investments and serving in New York City government for over thirty years. Her career as a playwright began with her well-regarded play “One Drop”, performed dozens of times on stages in theater, college, community center, church and courtyard settings. Her play “Ugly is a Hard Pill” is an AUDELCO Award winner. Her last play, “Roof-Top Joy” will enjoy a 3 week run this April at the Theater for the New City under the direction of Ward Nixon. Look out for her brand new play “a Punk or a Gentleman” which was nominated for the Barbour Award and is expected to have a world premier later this year. Visit her website: abcFulton.org. Like her work on Facebook at Fulton Arts Foundation and write her at OneRightAnswer@gmail.com.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ward Nixon has a career that spans more than thirty years as an Actor, Director, Acting Teacher, Acting Coach and Commercial Print Model. He was the Artistic Director/Resident Director of Gertrude Jeannette's H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players Theatre for three Seasons (2010-2013). Some favorite plays he’s directed include Franklin L. West's, "That Book Ain't Been Written", Alicia Foxworth's, "Family Business", Martha J. Thomas’ comedy, “Benefits” (2013 AUDELCO Best Revival of a Play nomination), and, Gertrude Jeannette's plays, "This Way Forward" (2012 AUDELCO Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress nominations), "Who's Mama's Baby, Who's Daddy's Child, Louise Mike's play, "Arye" (Winner of AUDELCO‘s 2012 Best Solo Artist Award), Yusef Salaam's, "The Devil and Elijah Muhammad", all of which received rave reviews, including the musicals, "Alice In Wonderland", "Willy Wonka, Jr.", the comedy, "The Winter View", Gertrude Jeannette's, "Gladys' Dilemma" (nominated for three 2010 AUDELCO Awards, including Best Revival of A Play), Andrea J. Fulton‘s, "One Drop" (original 2010 Production at Theater for the New City’s first Dream Up Festival…received very good reviews, "Love Hurts", "Honra Nan", "Precious", "Curacao", Neil Simon's, "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", "Lady of Fadima", "Papiamentu", "Laundry and Bourbon", "North of Providence", “Act, Sing, Dance!” and, readings for "Mrs. Streeter". As an Actor, some favorite roles in theatre and film include, Captain Davenport in "A Soldiers Play", Reverend Henry in James Baldwin's, "Blues for Mr. Charlie", Hoke Colburn (Miss Daisy's driver) in "Driving Miss Daisy", "Miss Evers' Boys", Gertrude Jeannette's, "This Way Forward", Anton Chekov‘s, "Three Sisters", Martha J. Thomas', "Benefits", Roger Parris', "Nobody Knew Where They Was", Hazel Smith‘s, “Miss Hazel‘s House of Heavenly Rest“, "Time Out", "Sammy and Marry," and, "As An Act of Protest". More recently, he appeared in the drama, “The Kitchen“, in "A Day In The Life of a Hindu God", “The Tragedy of Tom Thumb”, "The Children of Children Keep Coming", "Making Money and 19 Other Very Short Plays", William Saroyan‘s, "Hello Out There", "Thunder and Lightning", "Rain", "The Widow and Miss Mamie", and, the comedy, "Miss Hazel's House of Heavenly Rest". Ward will appear on stage again and direct Projects later this theatre Season. Appearances in commercials and as a print model include, "Harrahs' Casino", "Computer Associates", "The New York Sun" and "AT&T". He currently teaches acting at his acting studio, TCA Acting Studio, in New York City, where he resides. He is a proud member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
DaisyLee H. Sprauve, (Stage Manager), was chosen as Toastmaster of the Year by Federal Toastmasters 2009-2010. This honor, coupled with an encouraging nudge from Ms. Fulton gave her the confidence to pursue acting and also learn other aspects of stage production. To further develop her skills, she takes weekly acting lessons and takes pride in repeatedly assisting with productions when possible. Daisy Lee has proven herself invaluable as she steps up to fill in for absent actors in rehearsals, exercises her organizational skills and brings calm under pressure. Her outgoing manner, quick smile & wit ensures she is an awesome right hand person, truly garnering respect and cooperation and making a difference in every aspect of this production.
Illona S. Dixon, (Musical Director), is an alumnus of the High School of Music & Art and Queens College. Ms. Dixon has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The New York Philharmonic, Radio City Music Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Madison Square Garden and is a member of the All-City Concert Reunion choir. An accomplished pianist, she received formal training at The Brooklyn Music School and Playhouse. Credits include: Fame (original movie); The Wiz (original stage play); Guys and Dolls; Carmen; and Finnian’s Rainbow. She wrote one of the songs in the original version of One Drop and serves as the Musical Director and band leader for on various productions of One Drop. Ms. Dixon also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Fulton Art’s Foundation.
Duane Pagano,, (Sound and Lighting Designer), would like to thank all involved for their efforts. He has designed any number of productions throughout NYC, including the Lighting for the musical What Do Critics Know in the NYMF, and The Navigator at the WorkShop Theater Co. for which he received the NYIT award for his Lighting Design as well as a Scenic Design nomination. Off-Broadway credits include the set and lighting designs for Alternative Theater’s The Gayest Christmas Pageant Ever at The Players Theatre, Olympics Uber Alles at St. Lukes Theater and Romeo and Juliet for Theater Rats. Other highlights include, Godspell for the Circuit Playhouse in Memphis, Tn, which garnered him the Best Lighting Design Award for Memphis theater and graduating from the University of Miami. As always, he dedicates his work to his biggest fan.
ABOUT THE ACTORS
Denise Fair Grant, (Jah-niece), one of the original actors in Andrea’s production company, has broadened her interest and experience holding a spot on the board of directors for the Fulton Arts Foundation. Although she contributes in numerous ways, her favorite role is in the spotlight. So, she looks forward to each time she can act and even enjoys being there to assist other actors. She has been told all her life, she is a natural and she loves showing people that it’s true, she is. Her comedic flair and timing are excellent and she quickly and easily shows she has skills. Having retired from teaching in the New York City public school system, she now proudly studies acting under the direction of Ward Nixon, one of her mentors.
Benjamin Rowe, (Uncle Thomas), is a native New Yorker who has been active in the theatre scene since 2000. He is thrilled to once again be in the company of such dedicated, talented and professional artists. Benjamin would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrea Fulton for her faith in his abilities as well as Ward Nixon for his dedication and professionalism. A special note of supreme gratitude goes to Benjamin's wife Dawn and their children. It is their support and love that makes his career possible.
Chaunice L. Chapman, (Mrs. Garbicand), was most recently seen performing with The Hip to Hip Theater company in their productions of The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has also performed with the Afrikan Women's Repertory, The Hadley Players, The Bronx Repertory Company, and the Children's Theater Company at Lehman College. She is delighted to be a part of this wonderful production.
Mark Solari, (Allsgood), is a character actor with extensive stage experience. He has appeared in a variety of roles ranging from Alan Strang in Equus to Ebenezer Scrooge and from Lord Capulet to Paul Sheldon in an adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. This is Mark’s second venture with Fulton Arts Foundation having appeared as Charles Oliver Stewart III in One Drop. Recently he appeared as Gustafson in August Strindberg Repertory Theatre’s production of Burnt House. He played Otto Hahn and Martin Burnell in Break A Leg’s production of No No Nobel. Soon he will be seen in the Harry Potter fanfilm The Gathering Storm as Professor Slughorn; as well as in The Miss Bomba Claudie Show web series as Ivan. On television he has appeared on Person of Interest, Monumental Mysteries and I’d Kill for you. He can be seen frequently and fleetingly on Gotham. http://www.imdb.me/marksolari https://www.facebook.com/MarkSolariActor https://twitter.com/MarkSolari1
Roland Lane, (Wittiswood), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey. He enrolled in the Acting program at the New York Film Academy and later attended the Wynn Handman Conservatory. Since then he has performed in numerous projects from film and theatre, and has performed at the Players Club Theatre and The Access Theatre. Most recently, he filmed, Brooklyn Blue Sky by Dui Jarrod. Casting was done by Rhavynn Drummer who has worked on Tyler Perry television series and films. The last stage production he appeared in was Chokehold. The play deals with policing of black bodies here in the United States. He continues to work in the Tri-State area. You can find his work at www.rolandlaneacting.com.
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street)
April 13 - 30
Thursday - Saturday at 7:00 PM
Sundays at 3:00 PM
General Admission: $18.00
Theater for the New City