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Pictured: Johnard Washington and Watson Swift.
Broken Nose Theatre has announced the cast and production team the world premiere of resident playwright Michael Allen Harris’ KINGDOM.
Directed by Kanome Jones, the production features company member Johnard Washington and artistic associates Watson Swift and RjW Mays with Byron Coolie and Christopher K. McMorris.
Pictured (left to right): Johnard Washington, Watson Swift, RjW Mays, Byron Coolie and Christopher K. McMorris
The production team includes Caswell James (scenic design, technical director), Marci Rodriguez (costume design), Michael Joseph (lighting design), Grover Hollway (sound design) Devon Green (props design), Rylee Freeman (hair and make-up design), Chloe Baldwin (fight director), Elizabeth Gomez (master electrician), Rose Hamill (production manager), and Echaka Agba (assistant director).
From the press release: “When the state of Florida legalizes same sex marriage, Arthur and Henry (his partner of fifty years) come to terms with their differing opinions on the necessity of becoming husbands, even as their son Alexander finds himself wading through some rough new waters of his own. KINGDOM is the story of an entirely-LGBTQ African American family that lives in the near-literal shadow of Orlando’s magical kingdom, as they struggle to create a life together that captures a little bit of that same magic.”
“We’ve been in love with this script for two years, and could not think of a better way to kick off our sixth season than a homegrown world premiere by one of our resident playwrights,” says Founding Artistic Director Benjamin Brownson. “Michael’s voice is Tenessee Williams meets August Wilson with a dash of Dan Savage for good measure. He has written a new kind of family dramedy that is lyrical, queer, fresh, timely, resonant and hilarious. We can’t wait to share it with Chicago.”
KINGDOM runs March 2 – 31, 2018 at The Den Theatre (Upstairs Main Stage), 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For more information visit brokennosetheatre.com.