The critically acclaimed drama Too Heavy for Your Pocket, winner of the prestigious 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, will open at George Street Playhouse on April 23 and close the Playhouse's 2018-19 season as it prepares to move to its permanent new home at The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center this fall. Learn More
PlaywrightJiréh Breon Holder
Jiréh Breon Holder
Jiréh Breon Holder is currently the Playwriting Fellow of the Department of Theater and Creative Writing at Emory University. He is an Atlanta area playwright, director, and dramaturg. His sharp yet funny and often political plays frequently include wild visual metaphors and address the magic of everyday life in the South.
In 2016, he received his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama where he studied with Sarah Ruhl. He is a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. From 2012-13, he served as the Kenny Leon Fellow at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre. He graduated cum laude from Morehouse College (B.A. Theatre) where he served as the artistic director of Spelman College Playwrights’ Workshop and directed several productions.
His play Too Heavy for Your Pocket was the recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and had an extended off-Broadway run at the Roundabout Theatre. He was a recipient of the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards and honored as the Fellowship of Southern Writers' 2017 Bryan Foundation Award for Drama.
His other plays have received productions at the Alliance Theatre, the Yale School of Drama and Yale Cabaret. He has also received readings at the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Roundabout Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and the Old Globe Theatre.
Jiréh is under commission with the Old Globe Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre, and the Manhattan Theatre Club.
LA Williams (Director) is a New York-based director. He is currently an inaugural Old Globe Classical Directing Fellow. Upcoming: Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morriseau (Westport Country Playhouse). Recent: Rated Black: An American Requiem by Kareem M. Lucas (Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop); Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Juilliard School); Richard in 9 Poses by Sarah DeLappe (Clubbed Thumb). LA was the assistant to Oskar Eustis & Suzan-Lori Parks on the world premiere of White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks (The Public Theater). He has developed and directed new work at The Public Theater, The New Group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Kennedy Center. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and was a recipient of the National Directors Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, and Kenny Leon Directing Fellowship. Education: M.A. Emerson College; B.A. Alabama State University.
Joniece Abbot-Pratt (Sally-Mae Carter) New York: The House That Will Not Stand (NYTW), The Good Negro (Public Theater). Regional: Sunset Baby (City Theatre), Seven Guitars (Actors Theater of Louisville), The Mountaintop (Geva Theatre), Stick Fly (Arden Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Huntington Theatre Company), Gem of the Ocean (Hartford Stage), The Piano Lesson (Yale Rep and Delaware Theatre Company), False Creeds (Alliance Theatre Company), Breath, Boom (Synchronicity Performance Group) and The Doll Play’s (Actor’s Express). Television: Instinct, Blindspot, Law & Order: SVU, Show Me a Hero, Luke Cage. Training: MFA–University of Iowa.
Felicia Boswell (Evelyn Brandon) EMMY Winner & GRAMMY Nominee ( NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE), 2x HELEN HAYES AWARD Winner (Outstanding Lead Actress/ Musical), BWW (Best Lead Actress) Broadway: Shuffle Along (Josephine Baker); Motown (Diana Ross); Memphis (Felicia Farrell). Tour: Memphis (Felicia Farrell); Dreamgirls (Deena). Highlights: Color Purple (Celie); Jelly's Last Jam (Anita); MEDEA (Medea); Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene); AIDA (Aida); Man of LaMancha (Aldonza); RENT (Mimi); Caroline, or Change; Joe Turner's.. (Molly). TV/Other: POWER (Melissa), The Good Fight (Lace), Macy's Day Parade NBC (Motown/Diana Ross), Last Week w/John Oliver, SOUL: Stax, (Carla Thomas); Little Rock (Minniejean Brown); MANDELA (Zindzi) ASCAP.
Donnell E. Smith
Donnell E. Smith (Bowzie Brandon). George Street Playhouse debut. Off-Broadway: The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (Playwrights Realm). Regional: The People Before the Park (u/s, Premiere Stages), A Raisin in the Sun (Westport Country Playhouse). Other: Kill Move Paradise (World Premiere, National Black Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Fools & Kings Project). TV: title role in "TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" (Netflix; Peabody Award), "Snug’s House" (NBC Universal Kids; two-time Daytime Emmy nominated). Select Film: “F.A.W.K.,” "How the Light Gets In," “The Grand Heist.” Dedicated to those grounded in their truth and those searching for their light. Instagram: @SmithDonnell.E; www.SmithDonnellE.com.
Landon G. Woodson
Landon G. Woodson (Tony Carter) Broadway World Best Actor Nominee for Crossroad Theatre's World Premiere of Back to the Real and Syracuse Area Live Theatre Best Supporting Actor nominee for To Kill a Mockingbird (Syracuse Stage), Landon is a native of Passaic, NJ, and a graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned his M.F.A. in Acting. Notable credits include The Mountaintop (Kitchen Theatre Company), This is Modern Art (Blessed Unrest/New York Theatre Workshop), Intimate Apparel (Sierra Repertory Theatre) and The Whistleblower (Denver Center for the Performing Arts) www.landongwoodson.com
Tennessee-born Holder takes us back to Nashville in the summer of 1961. The Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When 20-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own. Too Heavy for Your Pocket was called “illuminating and moving” by The New York Times and is the recipient of the 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award.
Don't miss director LA Williams and cast member Felicia Boswell on NBC's Positively Black April 28!
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