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Pictured (l-r): Stephen “Blu” Allen, Nyajai Ellison, Ian Maryfield, Alison Schaufler, Tarina Bradshaw, and Austyn Williamson.
Pulse Theatre Company Chicago has announced the cast and design team for IN THE BLOOD by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Aaron Reese Boseman with an original score by Paris Ray Dozier.
The cast features Stephen “Blu” Allen as Reverend D/Baby, Tarina Bradshaw as Welfare/Bully, Nyajai Ellison as Hester La Negrita, Ian Maryfield as Chilli/Jabber, Alison Schaufler as Amiga Gringa/Beauty, and Austyn Williamson as Doctor/Trouble. Taylor Adams, Lydia Burke, Julia Germeroth, Robin Minkens, and Henry Taylor Pittman will serve as alternates/ understudies.
The production team includes Sim Carpenter (Lighting Designer), Demetra Drayton (Violence Coach), Rueben Echoles (Costume Design), Darryl Goodman (Technical Director), Ben F. Locke (Assistant Director), Warren Loven (Sound Designer), and Pablo Ponce (Scenic/Properties Designer).
IN THE BLOOD is modern day riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and tells the story of Hester La Negrita, a homeless mother of five, living under a bridge with her children. Labeled as a slut and denounced by the world around her, Hester seeks absolution.
IN THE BLOOD runs March 8 – March 31,