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The Black Clown

World Premiere Music Theater Piece

The Black Clown

A.R.T. Subscription Season
  • Aug 31, 2018 - Sep 23, 2018

  • Run Time: 70 minutes with no intermission

Grades 7+. A limited number of standing room tickets may be sold for sold-out shows beginning at noon on the day of each show, in person at the Ticket Services Office only.

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Grades 7+. A limited number of standing room tickets may be sold for sold-out shows beginning at noon on the day of each show, in person at the Ticket Services Office only.

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    70 minutes with no intermission

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PURE POETRY! An exceptional all-black ensemble…spun, stomped, and soared.

The Boston Globe

The Black Clown is precisely why we have and need theater

Jared Bowen, WGBH

The Black Clown is a world premiere music theater experience that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Langston Hughes’ verse to life onstage and animate a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression. The production features Davóne Tines (Crossing and Run AMOC! Festival) in the title role, an ensemble of twelve, and a new score by Michael Schachter (Run AMOC! Festival).

This production contains racial slurs and stylized representations of violence, particularly related to slavery, as well as haze, simulated smoking, and bright flashing lights. Well-prepared teenagers will appreciate the stylized movement, dynamic music, and deep engagement with American history.

 

Adapted from Langston Hughes’ poem by Davóne Tines & Michael Schachter
Music by Michael Schachter
Music Director Jaret Landon
Choreography Chanel DaSilva
Directed by Zack Winokur

Notable Dates
Opening Night: 9/5
Season Launch: 9/12
AD: 9/16 at 2PM & 9/21 at 7:30PM
OC: 9/20 at 7:30PM & 9/23 at 2PM
Talkbacks: 9/9 & 9/16 at 2PM; 9/13 & 9/19 at 7:30PM
Production Sponsors:
Alison and Bob Murchison
Artistic Residency Support of Davóne Tines:
Katie and Paul Buttenwieser
This project is supported in party by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
Additional Production Support:
The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Corporate Education Sponsor:
Bank of America

 

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PRESS COVERAGE

The cast of The Black Clown.

PURE POETRY! An exceptional all-black ensemble…spun, stomped, and soared through songs of joy, grief, and rage with music and dancing that paid loving tribute to myriad black art forms and traditions.

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Powerful, stunning, and brilliantly innovative. Transfixing and indelible. Hughes' poem, and this show - a revue of pain, hope, and conscious cataloguing of the absurdities embraced by the biased - rouses itself, and us, to a ringing triumphal declaration.

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AN EXQUISITE SHOW! Song and sight that plunges into the soul. I found myself absolutely rapt--I'm still thinking about it. The Black Clown is precisely why we have and need theater.

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A brilliant collage of word, music, and movement, packing the strength, solemnity, and uplift of a prayer. A potent 70 minutes straight to the heart, sleek and intimate, yet lushly emotive. You MUST SEE.

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An emotional and musical tour de force...You’re not likely to see a better assemblage of talent onstage in any production in Boston this season (including the superb orchestra) – and the creative team gives them plenty of opportunities to shine.

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The cast of The Black Clown in rehearsal.

“I was interested in smashing together the opposing ideas of freedom, joy, spectacle, and oppression,” [choreographer Chanel] DaSilva says. “We talk about the Emancipation Proclamation. They were ‘freed.’ But what does that freedom mean? What does it mean today?”

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Dawn Bless, Amber Pickens, and Hailee Wright in rehearsal of The Black Clown.

[Director Zack] Winokur says, “If you want to look at someone’s existence, you have to look at their history. You can’t uncouple one’s history from one’s life.”

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The cast and creative team of The Black Clown discuss the show during rehearsals

"The challenge but also the joy of the project has been in realizing the instructions Hughes left in the text,” says [co-adaptor and performer Davóne] Tines…“As a black man myself I thought ‘this can’t be esoteric, it has to be ecstatic joy’ and how that exists in the black community is gospel music. That resulted in a gospel number."

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Evan Tyrone Martin, Davóne Tines, and Malcolm Armwood in rehearsal of The Black Clown.

"It’s such a powerful telling of what it feels like to be a minority and to situate your life in the context of this country’s history and to give an outside viewer an understanding of that," [co-adaptor and performer Davóne] Tines said. "It’s also exciting because anyone who feels less than someone else or who feels they can’t be their own self can enter into it."

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Credits

Creative Team

Davóne Tines Headshot

Adaptor

Davóne Tines

A.R.T.: Crossing, Run AMOC! Festival. Deemed a “…singer of immense power and fervor…” by the LA Times and a “… charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times, Davóne Tines commands a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance as a singer and creator. Highlights from last season include performances with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Finnish National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Orchestre National de France, BAM, Ojai Music Festival, London Symphony, and LA Philharmonic in collaborations with Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Matt Aucoin, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Sellars. Upcoming engagements include the Teatro Real, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dutch National Opera, and LA Philharmonic. Davóne is a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award given by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Education/Training: AB, Harvard University (’09); Master of Music, The Juilliard School.

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Adaptor

Michael Schachter

A.R.T.: Run AMOC! Festival. A Boston native and 2009 graduate of Harvard College, Michael Schachter is a composer, pianist, and scholar. In recent years, Michael’s music has been featured by ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, the 21st Century Consort (the resident new music ensemble of the Smithsonian institution), and the New York Virtuoso Singers, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the San Francisco Center for New Music. Additional highlights from current and future seasons include Were You There, a multimedia theater piece in collaboration with the American Modern Opera Company, as well as a violin concerto for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. His scholarly work on jazz, South Indian classical music, and music philosophy has been presented at national conferences and published in journals such as Music & Literature and Music Theory Online. He recently completed a term as the Mary F. Croushore Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife, Allie, and his turbo charged tots, Ronan and Elliott.

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Music

Michael Schachter

A.R.T.: Run AMOC! Festival. A Boston native and 2009 graduate of Harvard College, Michael Schachter is a composer, pianist, and scholar. In recent years, Michael’s music has been featured by ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, the 21st Century Consort (the resident new music ensemble of the Smithsonian institution), and the New York Virtuoso Singers, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the San Francisco Center for New Music. Additional highlights from current and future seasons include Were You There, a multimedia theater piece in collaboration with the American Modern Opera Company, as well as a violin concerto for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. His scholarly work on jazz, South Indian classical music, and music philosophy has been presented at national conferences and published in journals such as Music & Literature and Music Theory Online. He recently completed a term as the Mary F. Croushore Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife, Allie, and his turbo charged tots, Ronan and Elliott.

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Director

Zack Winokur

Director

Zack Winokur

A.R.T.: Run AMOC! Festival. Work this season includes a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Cincinnati Opera, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice and Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moment at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate with William Christie at Juilliard, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, Tyshawn Sorrey’s Perle Noir, starring Julia Bullock with text by Claudia Rankine, and Henze’s El Cimarrón, both at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His production of Cavalli’s La Calisto was hailed in Opera News as “one of the most elegant and imaginative shows seen in New York this season.” He co-directs and founded, with Matthew Aucoin, the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). His productions have also been seen at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (Svadba), the Dutch National Opera (The New Prince—world premiere), La Monnaie (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), the Royal Opera House (Most of the Boys—world premiere, They Shoot Horses Don’t They), as well as on film in collaboration with the Academy Award-nominated director Mike Figgis, in nightclubs, and in the Supreme Court for a surprise birthday performance for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Choreography

Chanel DaSilva

Choreography

Chanel DaSilva

A.R.T.: Debut. Co-Founder & Artistic Director, MOVE(NYC); Founding member, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), repetiteur of Trey McIntyre’s works. Performances: works by Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, José Limón, Jessica Lang, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Lar Lubovitch (member, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), Brooklyn Academy of Music’s DanceMotion USA (Asia Tour, TMP). Choreography: commissions for Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, Gibney Dance Company, Idaho Dance Theater. Chanel was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and in the PBS Documentary “American Talent.” Teaching: master workshops and seminars at The Juilliard School, LaGuardia Arts High School, Ballet Hispanico, New Orleans Ballet Association; Dance Faculty, LaGuardia Arts High School. Awards: Level 1 YoungArts Award; Presidential Scholar in the Arts; Princess Grace Award. Education/Training: Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn; LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts; The Ailey School; Springboard Danse Montreal; BFA Dance, The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Award).

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Music Director

Jaret Landon

Music Director

Jaret Landon

A.R.T.: Debut. Landon is a film composer and vocal arranger for theater, television, and film. Recent theater credits include: Crowns, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre; The Christians, Steppenwolf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage; Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story, Los Angeles, CA; Music Director: Tyler the Creator, NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Landon is currently building an Arts Center in his hometown of Fort Meade, FL to honor his mother who passed away in 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Love and Light to all!

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Scenic & Costume Design

Carlos Soto

Scenic & Costume Design

Carlos Soto

A.R.T.: Debut. A director, designer, and performer based in New York City, Soto has presented works at Columbia University, The Guggenheim Museum, Kampnagel Hamburg, Pace Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, and Performa 09 and has been artist-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Live Arts, The Watermill Center, and Willem de Kooning Studio. Performances: Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond) & Andrew Ondrejcak’s You Us We All, BAM Next Wave; Fifty Shades of Greige, Nowness. Design: Lucinda Childs: A Portrait (1963–2016), Royce Hall/UCLA, The Joyce Theater; Sulayman al Bassam’s The Petrol Station, ArtsEmerson, Kennedy Center. With Robert Wilson: Adam’s Passion, Einstein on the Beach, Garrincha, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, and Oedipus Rex. With Solange (as Associate Director and Costume Designer): Cosmic Journey/Orion’s Rise tour, Hollywood Bowl, Radio City; Scales, Chinati Foundation; Metatronia (Metatron’s Cube), Hammer Museum. Upcoming (October 2018): Mile-Long Opera (collaboration with Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, David Lang, Ragnar Kjartarsson, and Diller & Scofidio), The High Line.

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Lighting Design

John Torres

Lighting Design

John Torres

A.R.T.: Debut. John’s work includes designs for dance, theatre, music, fashion, and print. With Robert Wilson: EDDA, Det Norske Teatret Oslo, Cheek to Cheek Live! With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (PBS Great Performances). Opera: La Traviata, Orfeo ed Euridice, Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier; Tristan and Isolde, La Monnaie / de Munt (Brussels, upcoming in 2019). Theater (recent): Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theatre. Music: Taylor Mac: A 24 Decade History of Popular Music, Solange Knowles // Cosmic Journey. Dance: Toss and Rogues (with choreographer Trisha Brown), Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris; Available Light (with choreographer Lucinda Childs), Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Fashion: Givenchy S/S 2015, New York, Yeezy 3 by Kanye West, Madison Square Garden. With director Steven Klein: music videos “Chun Li” (Nicki Minaj) and “Wolves” (Kanye West).

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Sound Design

Kai Harada

Sound Design

Kai Harada

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Head Over Heels, The Band’s Visit (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Amélie, Sunday in the Park with George, Allegiance, Gigi, Fun Home, On the Town, First Date, Follies (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Million Dollar Quartet. Regional: Soft Power, Center Theatre Group; Candide, LA Opera; Chess, Little Dancer, Kennedy Center. International: Zorro, Moscow, Atlanta; Hinterm Horizont, Berlin. Opera: Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Portland Opera. Audio Consultant for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Education: Yale University.

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Orchestrations & Arrangements

Michael Schachter

Orchestrations & Arrangements

Michael Schachter

A.R.T.: Run AMOC! Festival. A Boston native and 2009 graduate of Harvard College, Michael Schachter is a composer, pianist, and scholar. In recent years, Michael’s music has been featured by ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, the 21st Century Consort (the resident new music ensemble of the Smithsonian institution), and the New York Virtuoso Singers, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the San Francisco Center for New Music. Additional highlights from current and future seasons include Were You There, a multimedia theater piece in collaboration with the American Modern Opera Company, as well as a violin concerto for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. His scholarly work on jazz, South Indian classical music, and music philosophy has been presented at national conferences and published in journals such as Music & Literature and Music Theory Online. He recently completed a term as the Mary F. Croushore Graduate Fellow at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his wife, Allie, and his turbo charged tots, Ronan and Elliott.

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Additional Arrangements for the A.R.T. premiere

Jaret Landon

Additional Arrangements for the A.R.T. premiere

Jaret Landon

A.R.T.: Debut. Landon is a film composer and vocal arranger for theater, television, and film. Recent theater credits include: Crowns, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre; The Christians, Steppenwolf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage; Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story, Los Angeles, CA; Music Director: Tyler the Creator, NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Landon is currently building an Arts Center in his hometown of Fort Meade, FL to honor his mother who passed away in 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Love and Light to all!

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Wig and Hair Design

Rachel Padula-Shufelt

Wig and Hair Design

Rachel Padula-Shufelt

A.R.T.: Charlotte’s Web (Costume Design); Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women; Fingersmith; In the Body of the World; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Waitress; CrossingThe Heart of Robin Hood; All the Way; The Glass Menagerie; Pippin; Marie Antoinette; The Blue Flower; Cabaret; Death and the Powers; Best of Both Worlds; Donnie Darko; Julius Caesar; Copenhagen; The Communist Dracula Pageant. Broadway: Waitress, The Glass Menagerie. Regional: The Colored Museum, Huntington Theatre Company.

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Casting

Stewart/Whitley

Casting

Stewart/Whitley

Duncan Stewart CSA/Benton Whitley CSA. A.R.T.: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; The Tempest; Pippin. Broadway/NY: The Great Comet, West Side Story at Carnegie Hall, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Band Wagon, Carnegie Hall Sings, Pageant. West End/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory. Tours: Finding Neverland, The Sound of Music, The Bodyguard, Shrek, Once, Duck Commander Musical, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, Elf, We Will Rock You. Upcoming: Hadestown, Paradise Square, August Rush. Regional: The Goodspeed, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Asolo Rep, Seattle’s 5th Avenue, Pasadena Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Artios Award Winning. Members of the Casting Society of America.

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Production Stage Manager

Taylor Brennan

Production Stage Manager

Taylor Brennan

A.R.T.: Stage Manager: HEAR WORD!, Burn All Night, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, 1984, O.P.C., The Shape She Makes, The Donkey Show. Assistant Stage Manager: Jagged Little Pill; Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility; The Night of the Iguana; Fingersmith; RoosevElvis; Kansas City Choir Boy; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; The Heart of Robin Hood; All the Way; The Glass Menagerie; The Lily’s Revenge; Once. Production Associate: Prometheus Bound; The Blue Flower; Cabaret. Education/Training: Graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts (summa cum laude).

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Cast

Ensemble

Sumayya Ali

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Ensemble

Sumayya Ali

A.R.T.: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Opera: Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line (Harriet Tubman), American Opera Projects. Broadway: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; Ragtime. Off-Broadway: Ragtime, Lincoln Center; Lost in the Stars, Encores!. Regional: Master Class, Kennedy Center; Oklahoma!, Portland Center Stage. Film: Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer (feature), Easter Mysteries (feature), Being Iman (lead). Education/ Training: BA, Spelman College; MM, New England Conservatory.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ensemble

Malcolm Armwood

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Ensemble

Malcolm Armwood

A.R.T.: Debut. National Tour: Motown the Musical, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Regional: Grease (Teen Angel), NC Theatre; Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Adrian), Gateway Playhouse, Theatre By the Sea; Show Boat, Ragtime, Westchester Broadway Theatre; Hairspray; Kiss Me Kate; Big River. Education/Training: BFA, Musical Theater, East Carolina University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ensemble

Daniel Bellomy

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Ensemble

Daniel Bellomy

A.R.T.: Debut. Film/TV: Trudie Styler’s Freak Show, IFC; The Real MVP, Lifetime; “The Deuce,” “Mrs. Fletcher” (coming fall 2018), HBO. Education/ Training: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

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Ensemble

Dawn Bless

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Ensemble

Dawn Bless

A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Gypsy (Mazeppa/Rose u/s), Dreamgirls, Porchlight Music Theatre; A New Attitude: Tribute To Patti LaBelle (Patti LaBelle), Black Ensemble Theater; #DATEME, Second City; The Black Nativity, Congo Square Theatre; Madagascar, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Theo Ubique; Seussical, West Virginia Public Theatre. Workshop: Crowns.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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LaVon Fisher-Wilson Headshot

Ensemble

LaVon Fisher-Wilson

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Disney’s Newsies, Lysistrata Jones, Chicago the Musical, The Color Purple. Off-Broadway: Chix 6, La MaMa. Film/TV: Teen Beach Movie; “Team Toon”; “Divorce,” HBO; “Quantico.” Education/Training: BFA, Musical Theater, Millikin University; MFA, Theater, University of Florida.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ensemble

Lindsey Hailes

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Ensemble

Lindsey Hailes

A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Lucky Ones, The Connelly Theater. National Tours: Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage; The Wizard of Oz. Regional: The Wiz, Music Theatre Kansas City.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Emmanuel Henreid Headshot

Swing

Emmanuel Henreid

A.R.T.: Debut. Opera & Contemporary: Show Boat, Carmen, Faust, The Big Night, La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance, Portland Opera Company. Educational: Hairspray (Seaweed), Portland Community. National Tours: Lyle Lovett (Soloist/BGV). Soloist/Vocal Coach: Gospel Christmas (con. George Manahan), Oregon Symphony. Creates dance, music, and art curriculum for the city of Portland, Oregon. Opera Training in Ukraine and Moldova.

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Ashley LaLonde Headshot

Swing

Ashley LaLonde

A.R.T.: Burn All Night (Kayla), Arrabal (Newscaster). OBERON Presents: Violet (Lula Bu ngton). Harvard: Into the Woods (The Witch), The Laramie Project (Mercedes), 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (Voice 1). Workshops: Teeth, Camp 2, Dora the Explorer LIVE!. Concerts: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama. Film/TV: No More, America. Education: Undergraduate student at Harvard College ’20, AB in Sociology; Secondary in Theater, Dance & Media; Citation in Spanish.

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Ensemble

Evan Tyrone Martin

A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Oklahoma! (Ali Hakim), Marriott Theatre; Hair (Hud Johnson), Mercury Theater; Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus, BTAA Nomination), Rent (Collins), Paramount Theatre; Pippin (Leading Player), Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre; Dreamgirls (Curtis, BTAA nomination), Far From Heaven (Raymond, Je Award nomination), Side Show (Jake, Je Award nomination), Porchlight Music Theatre; The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Paramount Theatre, Arkansas Rep. Concert: Unforgettable: Falling in Love with Nat King Cole, An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas (on National Tour winter ’18), Artists Lounge Live. (JW/RM/KE)

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Jhardon Dishon Milton Headshot

Ensemble

Jhardon Dishon Milton

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: A Bronx Tale (Webster swing). Off-Broadway: If Sand Were Stone, Theatre Row. Regional: Trevor the Musical (Jack), Writers Theatre; Saturday Night Fever (Monty), Bye Bye Birdie, Drury Lane Oakbrook; Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Tantrum Theater; La Cage aux Folles, Madagascar (Marty u/s), Marriott Theatre; Cabaret, Theatre at the Center; Men of Soul (Je Award Nomination), Black Ensemble Theater. Education/Training: BFA, Musical Theater, Viterbo University.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Brandon Michael Nase Headshot

Ensemble

Brandon Michael Nase

A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre; Evita, Asolo Rep; Les Misérables, Dallas Theater Center; Joseph…, 3D Theatricals. Workshops: Frozen (Olaf); Shout Sister Shout!; Beatsville. Concerts: Showboat: In Concert, Bucks County Playhouse. Education/Training: BM, Music Education, University of North Texas; MM, Musical Theatre/Vocal Performance, NYU.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Ensemble/Dance Captain

Amber Pickens

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Ensemble/Dance Captain

Amber Pickens

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour. Off- Broadway: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, New York City Center. Regional: The Wiz, The Muny. Workshops: Pal Joey; The Wiz. Educational: L’Histoire de Babar, Juilliard 2018 Community Engagement. Dance: Chase Brock Experience 10th Anniversary, Clurman Theatre; Keigwin Company, The Joyce Theater. TV/Film/Digital: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Kickback & Chat with Amber Pickens,” “Modern Love.” Fashion: Desigual, NYFW; Christian Dior, Vogue Paris. Education/Training: BFA, Dance, The Juilliard School.

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Adaptor/The Black Clown

Davóne Tines

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Adaptor/The Black Clown

Davóne Tines

A.R.T.: Crossing, Run AMOC! Festival. Deemed a “…singer of immense power and fervor…” by the LA Times and a “… charismatic, full-voiced bass-baritone…” by the New York Times, Davóne Tines commands a broad spectrum of opera and concert performance as a singer and creator. Highlights from last season include performances with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Finnish National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Orchestre National de France, BAM, Ojai Music Festival, London Symphony, and LA Philharmonic in collaborations with Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Matt Aucoin, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Sellars. Upcoming engagements include the Teatro Real, Lincoln Center, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dutch National Opera, and LA Philharmonic. Davóne is a founding core member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) and the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Artists Award given by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Education/Training: AB, Harvard University (’09); Master of Music, The Juilliard School.

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Ensemble

Jamar Williams

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Ensemble

Jamar Williams

A.R.T.: Burn All Night, Witness Uganda. Off-Broadway: The Hairy Ape, Park Avenue Armory; The Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Signature Theater; Invisible Thread, 2econd Stage; Broken Window Theory, Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Regional: Passing Strange, Wilma Theatre; Cardboard Piano, Humana Festival; Hairspray, The Piano Lesson, Santa Rosa Rep. Workshops/Readings: New musical by Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire, Sundance Theatre Lab 2017; Secret Soldiers (Marsha Norman/Zoe Sarnak), Williamstown Theatre Festival; Fire in Dreamland, Public Theater; Directors Lab 2016, Lincoln Center; Kill Floor, LCT3; Choir Boys, MTC. Tours: Theatreworks USA. Education/Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I dedicate my work to the eternal memory of my Dad; thank you for guiding me.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Hailee Kaleem Wright

Ensemble

Hailee Kaleem Wright

A.R.T.: Debut. Regional: Hairspray, Jersey Shore Productions. International: RENT, Sekaikan Theater (Japan); R&B The Mix, Universal Monsters Live, Universal Studios Japan; Elyria, Land of Make Believe, Celebrity Cruise Line. TV/Film: “True Life,” MTV; “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” Training: Mary Rodgers (Voice), Jen Waldman Studio (Acting). All my love to my Mother and Joey.

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Assistant Stage Manager

Mario Wolfe

Assistant Stage Manager

Mario Wolfe

A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Peculiar Patriot, National Black Theatre. New York: In the Red and Brown Water, Richard II, Juilliard; The Country Doctor, Zoo City. Regional: Born For This: A New Musical, ArtsEmerson; Ah, Wilderness!, Objects in the Mirror, Gloria, Wonderful Town, Goodman Theatre; Grand Concourse, The Qualms, Steppenwolf Theatre. Education/Training: The Theatre School at DePaul University, The Juilliard School.

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Orchestra

Music Director/Keyboard

Jaret Landon

Music Director/Keyboard

Jaret Landon

A.R.T.: Debut. Landon is a film composer and vocal arranger for theater, television, and film. Recent theater credits include: Crowns, McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre; The Christians, Steppenwolf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage; Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story, Los Angeles, CA; Music Director: Tyler the Creator, NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Landon is currently building an Arts Center in his hometown of Fort Meade, FL to honor his mother who passed away in 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Love and Light to all!

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Keyboard

Bethany Aiken

Keyboard

Bethany Aiken

A.R.T.: Debut. Pianist, music director, composer, educator. Recent music direction work with Lyric Stage, Gloucester Stage, Northeastern University, and Greater Boston Stage Company, including orchestrations for world premiere musical Lobster Girl. Staff accompanist for Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Education/Training: BA, English and Music History/Theory (piano with Robert Shannon and Sanford Margolis), Oberlin College; MFA, Creative Writing, Emerson College.

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Trumpet 1

John Moore, Jr.

Trumpet 1

John Moore, Jr.

A.R.T.: Debut. Trumpet player, educator, arranger, and composer. Performances with Orbert Davis, Talib Kweli, Michelle Williams, and Fantasia. John hit the ground running touring the world and has since played in most musical situations imaginable including small group jazz, big band, salsa, pit orchestra. Education/Training: Northern Illinois University. Teaching: Devoted to music education both in the classroom and privately.

Actors’ Equity Association member

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Trumpet 2

Dave Adewumi

Trumpet 2

Dave Adewumi

A.R.T.: Debut. International Appearances: Bern Jazz Festival, International Jazz Day (Adelaide), Festival of New Trumpet. Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans winner. Education: Pursuing MM, Jazz Performance, The Juilliard School under the Artistic Leadership of Wynton Marsalis.

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Trombone

Robyn Smith

Trombone

Robyn Smith

A.R.T.: Debut. Member: New England Conservatory’s Philharmonia, Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble; Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Performances: Pokorny Seminar; Michael Mulcahy Seminar; Southeastern Trombone Symposium. Awards: 2018 ITF Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition, Winner; 2017 International Trombone Association’s Trombone Quartet Competition (with quartet Boston Based), Winner. Education/Training: Pursuing BM, New England Conservatory ’19 with Toby Oft; Colin Williams (NY Philharmonic); Nathan Zgonc (Atlanta Symphony).

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Reed 1

Rajiv Halim

Reed 1

Rajiv Halim

A.R.T.: Debut. Saxophonist, composer, and educator. Performances and/or recordings with Jennifer Hudson, Chance the Rapper, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops, and others. International performances in Canada, Poland, Belize, Taiwan. Album: Foundation. Endorsing artist: JodyJazz Saxophone Mouthpieces.

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Reed 2

Isaiah Johnson

A.R.T.: Debut. Isaiah Johnson is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He started playing clarinet at the age of 11 and decided that he wanted to be a woodwind specialist at the age of 19 and would go on to play  several flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and oboe. He moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory as a graduate student and is very much enjoying the city of Boston.

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Reed 3

Jason Marshall

A.R.T.: Debut. Performances with Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra; Roy Gaines; Roy Hargrove, RH Factor, and the Roy Hargrove Big Band. Album (Bandleader): Overt Negritude. Training: Hamiet Bluiett, Ronnie Cuber, Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone); Bruce Williams, Mark Gross, Steve Wilson, Vincent Herring (alto saxophone); Greg Tardy, Wayne Escoffery, Paul Carr, Lorenz Wheatley (tenor saxophone). Teaching: Conducts numerous demonstrations, clinics, and workshops internationally.

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Banjo/Guitar

Thomas Flippin

Banjo/Guitar

Thomas Flippin

A.R.T.: Debut. Opera: Voodoo, Harlem Opera Theater, Morningside Opera, Harlem Chamber Players. Collaborations with Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran. Performances: Brooklyn’s National Sawdust; Beijing’s Peking University; Art Institute of Chicago; C-SPAN’s “Book TV”; Charleston’s Colour of Music Festival; Blue Note Jazz Festival; Ray Lustig’s Figments(premiere). Album: Night Triptych, Duo Noire guitar ensemble’s Women of Guitar Commissioning Project. Education: Yale School of Music, University of Chicago. Faculty: Concordia College Conservatory, Diller-Quaile School of Music.

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Drums

Mario Layne Fabrizio

A.R.T.: Debut. Drummer, percussionist, and composer. Performances with Claudio Roditi, Arturo O’Farrill, Oran Etkin, Jason Palmer. US and International tours (Asia, Europe, Central America). Mario integrates visual art, literature, comedy, and film into his work and does not discriminate by genre or medium. He believes in music as a means of propagating community, connecting people, and stimulating the brain and the heart. Education: New England Conservatory (studied with Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Jason Moran).

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Bass/Tuba

Kate Foss

Bass/Tuba

Kate Foss

A.R.T.: Jagged Little Pill (bass alternate). Theater: North Shore Music Theater, Lyric Stage Co., Emerson College, Theatre by the Sea, Trinity Rep. Orchestra Performance: Plymouth Philharmonic (principal bass), Boston Lyric Opera, Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Sound Icon, Symphony Nova, Odyssey Opera, A Far Cry, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble. Education: MM, Classical Performance, New England Conservatory; BS, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Associate Music Director

Joelle Lamarre

Associate Music Director

Joelle Lamarre

A.R.T.: Debut. Opera (Soprano): The Violet Hour, The Life of Leontyne Price (playwright/performer), South Shore Opera Company of Chicago; Show Boat (Lady on the Levee), Porgy and Bess (Lily), Lyric Opera of Chicago; Afterword, the AACM (as) Opera (by George Lewis). Regional: Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche), Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Porgy and Bess (Lily), The Court Theatre; The Nativity (Aunt Elizabeth), Goodman Theatre/Congo Square Theatre. International: Universal Studios Japan. Educational: Dead Man Walking(Sister Rose), Northwestern. Performance Art: Manifestos 2 (by Charles Gaines), RedCAT Museum. Other: Teaching Assistant, Goodman Theater/Disney Musicals. Education/Training: MA, Northwestern University.

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Rehearsal Accompanist

Brian Ge

Music Contractor

Jason Fisher

Music Preparation

Jawline Music Preparation

Copyists

Jesse Wiener & Cynthia Meng

Music Assistant

Garrett Schumann

Additional Staff

Assistant Lighting Designer

Kat C. Zhou

Associate Sound Designer

Michael Eisenberg

Assistant Hair and Wig Designer

Amber Voner

Voice & Speech

Erika Bailey

Scenic Associate

Marie de Testa