NEVERDARK SERIES 2020Outstanding Performances Brought to Life Online
Thursday, Oct 1st – Sunday, Oct 4th | Watch Online
a play by DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU | Directed by JACKIE DAVIS
Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. But where does that leave his devoted Pumpkin, who has dreams of her own? And what does it mean for the club’s resident bebop band? When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad comes to town with her own plans, everyone’s world is turned upside down. This dynamic and musically-infused drama shines light on the challenges of building a better future on the foundation of what our predecessors have left us.
Presented as a staged reading directed by Jackie Davis. Featuring Ramona-Lisa Alexander*, Meagan Dilworth, Ricardo Engermann*, Cliff Odle*, and Omar Robinson*
This production is FREE to view thanks to the Shubert Foundation, the Applied Materials Foundation, and donors who have made contributions to Gloucester Stage this season. Please consider making a gift with your complimentary ticket purchase to help continue our mission on Cape Ann.
There are a limited number of ‘seats’ available. Reserve your ticket ONLINE and your link and password will be emailed to you immediately in your order confirmation. Your ticket will have a date and time on it, but you will have access to watch at any time from October 1st – 4th.
Pumpkin: Meagan Dilworth
Blue: Ricardo Engermann*
Corn: Cliff Odle*
P-Sam: Omar Robinson*
Silver: Ramona-Lisa Alexander*
Stage Directions read by Aimee Hamrick
Ramona-Lisa Alexander (Silver) recently a recipient of a Drammy Award for her role as Nya in Pipeline at Portland Playhouse (Portland, Or). Noteworthy credits include: black odyssey boston (Central Square Theatre, Eliot Norton, best ensemble), Nina in The Royale at (Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany, NY), Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Boston Common) and The Boys From Syracuse (Collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra), The Barbecue and Saturday Night Sunday Morning (The Lyric Stage), Milk Like Sugar and Breathe Boom (Huntington Theatre), Days of Atonement (Israeli Stage), Arabian Nights, Harriet Jacobs, Ti-Jean & His Brothers, Moon for the Misbegotten, (Central Square Theater), Seven Guitars (The Artist Repertory Theatre, Portland Or.), The Brother/Sister Plays, King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse, Drammy Award recipient); Intimate Apparel, (W.H.A.T); To Kill a Mockingbird, (Montana Rep, National Tour), A Christmas Carol (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Postcards From Earth, (Guthrie Theatre), 103 Within The Veil, (Company One, IRNE Award recipient), Doubt (Newton Nomadic Theater), In The Continuum, Joe Turner’s (Up You Mighty Race Theatre Co, IRNE Award), In the Blood, (Zeitgeist Stage Company). Film: Knock Around Kids (adekoje-filmwerks). Alexander distinguishes herself not only onstage, but also leads creative-place making and arts organizing work with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI). She is proud they were recently recognized for a Nonprofit Excellence award in Innovation for their work Upham’s Corner). She holds an M.F.A from Brandeis University. Upcoming: Black Superhero Magic Mama, Company1 (fingers crossed onstage summer 2021)
Meagan Dilworth (Pumpkin) is an Actor/Choreographer/Educator. Acting credits- Chicago: Mary/Announcer: A Day of Absence (Congo Square) Damian Burks: The Ridiculous Darkness (Sideshow Theatre) Shameena/Juno: 31st Playwrights Festival (Pegasus Theatre) Gift of the Magi (Fleetwood Jourdain). Atlanta credits: Third/Runaway: Father Comes Home from the Wars (Actors Express). Boston credits: Taffy: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning (Lyric Stage). Choreography credits: Atlanta- The Projects Project (Alliance Theater) Marcus; Or the Secret of the Sweet & In the Red & Brown Water (Kennesaw State University). Teaching credits: Court Theatre, Kenny Leon’s True Colors, Emerson College, and Trinity Repertory Theatre all to name a few. B.A. in Theatre & Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University and M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.
Ricardo Engermann (Blue) is a 2013 Elliot Norton award recipient for his role as Macedonio in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Company One Theatre). Mr. Engermann feels fortunate to have been a part of numerous productions including Much Ado About Nothing (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), and as Davey Battle in Take Me Out and Balthazar in Our Lady of 121st Street (SpeakEasy Stage Company). He has also been seen at the Lyric Stage Company for several productions including Lobby Hero, The Old Settler and The Liar. Lastly, he would like to thank Wheelock Theatre for allowing him to satisfy his stunt addiction by casting him in a number of shows including Pippi Longstocking (twice), The Phantom Tollbooth and The Wizard of Oz.
Cliff Odle* (Corn) is a playwright, actor and director. He is a native of New Jersey, but spent the bulk of his career in New England. He has been involved with theatre around the country. His plays have been performed in Boston, New York, San Diego and other areas. Some recent highlights: His play Lost Tempo was produced by Boston Playwright’s Theatre, The Petition ran at Boston’s Old State House Museum during the summer of ’19, Running the Bulls was featured in the SlamBoston festival; his play The Ahern Fox was a finalist in the 2007 Kennedy Center Theatre Festival;. He has been a resident playwright for the educational theatre group Theatre Espresso where he co-wrote their play about the 1957 Little Rock desegregation case called The Nine: Crisis in Little Rock. He has also had several entries in the Boston Theatre Marathon. As an actor he has worked for Bridge Repertory Theatre (Salome), New Repertory Theatre (BALTIMORE – with Boston Universities B-CAP program, RACE, Passing Strange), The Huntington Theatre Company (Brendan, King Hedley II), Up You Mighty Race (Fences), Company One (The Good Negro, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 103: Within The Veil), Wheelock Family Theatre (Saint Joan, Oliver, Taste of Sunrise, Pippi, Trumpet of the Swan) and a variety of other theatres in New York and San Diego. He can also be seen as a background artist in the movies Fever Pitch and What’s the Worst that can Happen? and played a state trooper in an episode of Brotherhood (Showtime). His directing work includes plays such as The Colored Museum, The Diary of Anne Frank, Amadeus, Agnes of God, and The Chairs. He is currently the playwriting professor at Bates College, but he has also taught at UMASS – Boston, Wheelock College, Emerson College, and for the GAMM Theatre in Rhode Island. In addition to playwriting, Cliff has taught aAs a professor at a variety of classes that explore the intersection of race, culture, and theatre such as Black Theatre History, Contemporary African and Caribbean Theatre, Politics and Contemporary Drama, and The Black Image in Stage and Screen.
Omar Robinson* (P-Sam) Credits include: Trinity Repertory Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, Central Square Theater, and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Omar is a member of Theatre Espresso, a social justice focused educational theatre company that performs throughout New England, and a Resident Acting Company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project. He received a BA in Acting and Television/Video Production from Emerson College.
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Playwright) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY nominated book writer on the new Broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). Dominique is alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless” (3 seasons). Additional awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18, and a recent MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow.
JACKIE DAVIS (Director) is involved in all three disciplines, theater, television and film. She is director, actor and choreographer working primarily on the east coast. She can be seen as abolitionist, Susan Robbins, in Colombia Pictures’ Film, Little Women. Notable directing credits include Race, Ruined, and For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Notable choreography projects include Dance Nation, Beauty & The Beast, and The Wiz. Notable stage credits include:Trinity Repertory Theater – Benevolence: black odyssey; The woman in Furs: Marisol; Jacques One: A Tale of Two Cities. Lyric Stage: Jackie: Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Marie: Barbecue. Speakeasy Stage: Siobhan: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. She is the founding artistic director of New Urban Theater Laboratory, where she produced and directed five years of new works in Massachusetts. She has served as an Intimacy coordinator on “References to Salvador Dali Make me Hot.” Jackie is a teaching artist for Trinity Repertory Company’s Education Department and a Master Teacher for their Young Actors Summer Institute. She is on staff as a movement instructor for the Brown/Trinity MFA program, R&B(m): Rhythm and Body (movement). She is currently involved as a director/producer for an upcoming web-series: From A Distance. Jackie is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
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“Paradise Blue” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com