Please Join Us…
for our 2nd Feature of the 10th Season
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
FEATURE PLAYWRIGHT: LORI MINOR
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lori Sinclair Minor is a NY-based actor/singer and playwright. Originally from South Carolina, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in the arts primarily as a performer. “The Coping Mechanism” is her first (play) baby. The first draft was written in 2012, then tabled in her move in 2013 to focus on school and acting at Circle in the Square theater school, though she continued working on smaller written works here and there. She is still active as a performing artist but this year felt life calling her back to “The Coping Mechanism” to rediscover again, breathing new life into the story, it’s characters and getting it ready to share with the world.
ABOUT THE PLAY
The Coping Mechanism
Catherine and Paul Harrison decided to support their daughter’s way of coping after a tragic accident, by keeping the spirit of her brother “alive” in their home through her imagination. However, over time, they’ve begun to realize that the choice isn’t helping them to move forward and may be hurting, more than healing their wounds.
Directed by Oneké Cummings
CATHERINE – Stephanie Johnson
PAUL – Dennis A. Allen II
ALEXIS – Sujotta Pace
BENJAMIN – Travis Pratt
STAGE DIRECTIONS – Stephanie Anuwe
This season, we have additional readings in The Mary Rodgers room at The Dramatists Guild, located at 1501 Broadway (b/t 43rd and 44th Streets) *– USE THE ENTRANCE ON 43rd Street*, 7th Floor’ New York, NY 10036
There is a $10 Suggested Donation which you can make online HERE or at the door in cash.
Wine and Light refreshments will be served.
Dennis A. Allen II is from Hempstead, New York. His play The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi won the 35th annual Off Off Broadway Samuel French festival in 2010 He is a recipient of Atlantic Theater Company’s inaugural 2014-15 Launch Commission; National Black Theatre’s, 2016-17 I Am Soul Playwright Residency and Clubbed Thumb’s 2016-17 Early Career Writer’s Group. He has developed and produced plays with, The Lark Play Development Center, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, The Naked Expedition Project, 48 Hours in Harlem and The New Black Fest. Dennis received his MFA from Brooklyn College Playwriting program. As an actor Dennis helped to develop and performed in Reid Farrington’s Tyson vs. Ali and the world premiere of Kate Benson’s, A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of The Greatest of the Great Lakes.
Stephanie Anuwe studied at The Actors Studio Drama School (MFA) as well as The London Academy of Dramatic Arts where she enjoyed exploring the classics. Theatre Credits include: Lack of Milk NYC SummerFest; Intuitively 3LD; The Piano Lesson, Ruined, and Mourning Becomes Electra, The Actors Studio Drama School; A Raisin in the Sun with Will West Productions and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom through The Bedstuy Theatre Company. She was also featured in the docu-style film “Take Back the Crown” as well as the webseries “Monday Monologues”.
Stephanie Johnson is a theater, film and tv trained actress. Shes starred in several Shorts films, Internet series, and off-broadway plays. Winner of NBFF, NFF and AT&T film festival. Stephanie has sightings in Orange Is The New Black and Gotham.
is an actress/stage manager who is also an aspiring director, playwright, & producer. She made her NYC debut as Meritre in Fit for A Queen
(Classical Theatre of Harlem). Sujotta just finished assisting directing the Roommates
(Long Wharf Theatre) and Collective Rage
(MCC) both under the direction of Mike Donahue. She received her BFA from North Carolina A&T State University and is a Master’s candidate at Florida Atlantic University. @sujotta || www.sujotta.com
Travis Pratt was introduced to the world on season eight of the NBC hit show, America’s Got Talent.
His broad intellectual interest and many talents make him a true quintessential renaissance man. He possesses the rare ability to easily navigate contrasting musical styles and has a chameleon personality to accompany.
Travis is a Georgia Native, and International Singer, whose Artistic achievement spans from The Musical Theater stage, to televised performances throughout Europe. Critics have not been hesitant in describing Travis’ performances as “stunning and hair raising” (The Rolling Stone). Huffington Post stated that he is full of surprises and Perfect for TV