Camille Darby’s QUEEN NANNY is back! Monday March 19, 2018 7:30pm

*Part of the cell‘s C-MORE Festival


written by Camille Darby

directed by Miranda D. Haymon

Monday, March 19, 2018


When Chris’s estranged Jamaican mother Ida shows up on his Brooklyn doorstep after decades of being absent, secrets of the past and present surface forcing this troubled family to make life changing decisions. 


William Cobbs* as CHRIS
Toni Ann DeNoble as MELANIE
Brenda Denmark as IDA


Born in Jamaica, Camille migrated to the Bronx at seven years old. She soon discovered that writing was the best way to adjust to American culture. Her first play Mother, May I? written as a high school student at DeWitt Clinton, drew the attention of playwright Wendy Wasserstein. Wasserstein mentored the budding playwright who went on to study theatre at Sarah Lawrence College (B.A. 2005) and earned an M.F.A in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s, Tisch (2007). Camille’s plays include They Call Her Immortal (HomeBase Theatre Festival 2017), FREE(48 Hours in Harlem Festival 2016), Queen Nanny (New York Stage & Film 2015), The White Peacock (Classical Theatre of Harlem 2012), Exodus (Fire This Time Festival 2011). Camille is the recipient of the BRIO playwriting award for her full-length play (2008).  The play earned a workshop production presented at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2013). Camille is a 2016 Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Juilliard School Finalist, 2015 Playwrights Center Jerome Many Voices Fellowship Finalist and a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow.


Miranda Haymon is a director currently serving as the Roundabout 2017/18 Directing Fellow. Her adaptation of Kurt Von
negut’s Slaughterhouse-Five  received its world premiere at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, which MD Theatre Guide called “innovative and immersive”. She recently completed her time at Arena Stage as the Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow where she assisted Kyle Donnelly (The Little Foxes), Molly Smith (Carousel, 2017 Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Direction in a Musical), Jackie Maxwell (Watch on the Rhine) and Tazewell Thompson (A Raisin in the Sun). She is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Performance Director at The Hodgepodge Group, an interdisciplinary, intersectional, insurrectional performance duo. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she double majored in German Studies and Theater and was awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing.

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