2019-20 Season 17

Day of Absence

by Douglas Turner Ward
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell and Angelisa Gillyard

Oct 5 – Nov 3, 2019

It’s another morning in another country fried southern town. As citizens begin to stir, they are forced to deal with a shocking discovery that sends the town topsy turvy. Reclaiming the complexity and depth of the African-American population, Ward’s 1965 script and this imaginative retelling is a comedic and pointed commentary on systemic racism that still bears relevance today. Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence caps off an evening of song, dance, and other performative delights that are sure to tickle and titillate the senses.


Clem  Damondre Green
Luke  Dylan Fleming
Mayor   Jared Shamberger
Jackson  Kaisheem Fowler Bryant
1st Op./One/Businessman  Charles Franklin IV
2nd Op./Two/Corier  Kayla Warren
3rd Op./Three/Pious  Ezinne Elele
John/Rastus  Jonathan Del Palmer
Supervisor/Clubwoman  Sisi Reid
Mary/Announcer  Nia Savoy

Production Team

Directors  Raymond Caldwell and Angelisa Gillyard
Assistant Director  Douglas Robinson
Lighting Designer  Alberto Segarra
Scenic Designer   Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Sound Designer   Kevin Alexander
Costume Designer  Jeannette Christensen
Props Designer   Amy Kellett
Technical Director  Chris Foote
Master Electrician   Elliott Shugoll
Scenic Artist   Bridget Willingham
Stage Manager  Ricky Ramón

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