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Pictured (top, l to r): Chanell Bell, Brianna Buckley and Brandi Jiminez Lee with (bottom, l to r) Terence Sims and Emily Tate.
Raven Theatre has announced casting for CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, directed by Tyrone Phillips.
The cast includes Chanell Bell, Brianna Buckley, Brandi Jiminez Lee, Terence Sims and Emily Tate.
The production team includes Arnel Sancianco (scenic design), Christine Pascual (costume design), Kathy A. Perkins (lighting design), Matt Test (sound design), Mealah Heidenreich (props design), Jon Martinez (choreography), Eva Breneman (dialect coach), Megan Pirtle (wig design), Kanomé Jones (casting director), Alexis Taylor (assistant director), Cole von Glahn (production manager), Becca Venable (technical director), Wilhelm Peters (stage manager), and Sapier Weinglass (assistant stage manager).
From the press release: “Brooklyn, 1950. Ernestine and Ermina Crump have moved to New York with their father, Godfrey, who is seeking spiritual guidance from a man called Father Divine. In the swirling, glamorous commotion of this new city, with calls for equal rights and communist rebellion hanging in the air, the girls begin a turbulent journey toward independence and a challenging future.”
Comments Raven Theatre Artistic Director Cody Estle, “Lynn Nottage is a prolific writer and her work is a gift to all who encounter it. This is the first time Raven Theatre has produced one of her plays. As a theatre known for producing the classics of Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, it seems only fitting to include Lynn’s voice among these greats. Set in 1950, “Crumbs from the Table of Joy “examines a family experiencing change in a country filled with racial and social turmoil. Audiences will connect with the struggles of this family, while getting a glimpse into a time in our past whose complexity resembles that of today.”
Launching Raven’s 2018-19 season, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY will play October 4 – November 18, 2018 on Raven’s 99-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. For more information visit raventheatre.com.