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Approximate run time: 2 hours and 40 mins with one intermission.
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August Wilson’s work returns to The Huntington with his masterpiece Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. At a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, Herald Loomis arrives in search of his lost wife – but first he must regain a sense of his own heritage and identity. A stunning story of spiritual and emotional resurrection, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone pays tribute to a makeshift community that springs up in the Great Migration in this new production helmed by Lili-Anne Brown.
In the midst of rehearsals, Artistic Director Loretta Greco spoke with director Lili-Anne Brown about the enduring power of August Wilson, the value of working with a trusted team of designers, and the dramaturgical richness of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.
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Cast and Crew
Shannon Lamb (she/her) made her Huntington debut in Common Ground Revisited. Selected theatre credits: Letters to Kamala (WAM), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (UMASS Theater), It Happened in Little Rock, Because of Winn Dixie (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Temptation in Pendemoniun (Cherry Lane Theatre), NYC (world premiere); Building The Wall at Academy of Music (rolling world premiere); Jar the Floor, Gee’s Bend, Mary Poppins, and The Full Monty at Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors, and Annie at Murray’s Dinner Playhouse.
Robert Cornelius is making his Huntington debut in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. His theatre credits include Her Honor Jane Byrne (Lookingglass Theatre), Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre), Hamlet (Gift Theatre), The Total Bent (Haven Theatre/About Face), Rightlynd, Wheatley, Spiele 36, On the Block, Takund (Victory Gardens Theater), Picnic (American Theatre Company), Wit (The Hypocrites), Aida (Drury Lane Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (First Folio Theatre), My Children, My Africa (Regional-Montana Repertory Theatre), Spunk (St Louis Black Repertory), You Can’t Take it With You, The Jeremiah, The Rivals (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Madison Repertory), and Great Expectations (Indiana Repertory Theatre).
Lewis D. Wheeler
Lewis D. Wheeler
Lewis D. Wheeler has appeared at The Huntington as an understudy in Butley. Regional: American Repertory Theater (No Man’s Land), SpeakEasy Stage (Pass Over), New Repertory Theatre (Long Day’s Journey Into Night), Lyric Stage (Book of Will), Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, Nora Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Co, five seasons at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT), Cape Rep, Underground Railway, Wheelock Family Theatre, Publick Theatre, Vineyard Playhouse, founding member of Harbor Stage.
Stewart Evan Smith
Stewart Evan Smith
Stewart Evan Smith has appeared in numerous productions in New England, most recently seen in Black Superhero Magic Mama (Company One), Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Vanity Fair (Underground Railway Theatre), The Crucible (Bedlam/The Nora Theatre Company), The Three Musketeers and It’s a Wonderful Life (Greater Boston Stage Company), and Between Riverside and Crazy (SpeakEasy Stage).
James Ricardo Milord
James Ricardo Milord
James Ricardo Milord is a Boston native and Haitian American actor. He returns to The Huntington in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone after recently appearing in Common Ground Revisited. Other recent credits include Paradise Blue (Gloucester Stage) and the premiere of Young Nerds of Color (Central Square Theater). Other credits include Pipeline (WAM, Front Porch, & Central Square Theater), A Christmas Carol (Underground Railway), The Handmaid’s Tale (Boston Lyric Opera), The Agitators and Cyrano (Gloucester Stage), Anna Christie and Barbecue (Lyric Stage), Akeelah and the Bee (Wheelock Family Theatre), and The Good Negro, Splendor, and The Brothers Size Trilogy (Company One).
Gray Flaherty (he/his) is making his professional debut in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at The Huntington. Gray appeared as Alice in Matilda the Musical at Watertown Children’s Theatre, and is an 8th grader at Shady Hill School in Cambridge.
Alana Ross is making her Huntington debut in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. She has appeared in commercials for Sylvia P. clothing and Hasbro toys, and was the narrator, assistant stage manager, and costume manager for her school play. She is a 5th grader at the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, and is represented by WSM Talent. Instagram: @Alana9_Ross
Al-nisa Petty is an actor and voiceover artist from Newark, NJ. Credits include Kin (WP Theater), Twelfth Night (The Acting Company), On Strivers Row (Metropolitan Playhouse), Slut: The Play (NJPAC), A Raisin in the Sun (TheatreWorks Colorado Springs), and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Berkeley Rep).
Eli Lapaix is known for his work as an actor and editor in the award-winning short film The Meeting Spot (2020). He also has appeared in a promotional film by Windy Films for The Base, a Boston based non-profit supporting urban youth in sports and education. He is a 7th grader at Waring School in Beverly.
Dela Meskienyar is a New York based theatre and film actor. Most recently she was in The Beginning Days of True Jubilation at the New Ohio Theater. Film/TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU” and the feature film Funny Face. Dela has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from the NYU graduate acting program.
Patrese D. McClain
Patrese D. McClain
Patrese D. McClain has credits that include Jitney (Broadway tour), Twilight (Syracuse Stage), Pipeline and Skeleton Crew (Actors Theatre), Short Shakes R&J (Chicago Shakes), The Mountaintop and Skeleton Crew (People’s Light), Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, and GeVa. Film credits include: Widows, Captive State, BET’s Friend Request, and Workingman.
Understudy for Jeremy/Herald
Kadahj Bennett Huntington: Common Ground Revisited, Dream Boston, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Recent local credits include People, Places & Things, Pass Over (SpeakEasy Stage), Hype Man (Company One/ART), The Charles Lennox Experience (New Rep), Isolated Incidents (Broadway Podcast Network), and This Place Displaced (Actors Theater Boston). He is an Elliot Norton Award winner and a WBUR ARTery 25 Changemaker.
Understudy for Mattie/Molly
Understudy for Bynum/Seth
Damon Singletary has credits that include Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine, The Wiz, Peter and the Starcatcher, City of Angels (Lyric Stage), The Colored Museum, Head Over Heels, Troy Maxson in Fences (Umbrella Stage Company), Birdy (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company), Miss Holmes (Greater Boston Stage Company), Shakespeare in Love, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage).
Understudy for Bertha/Martha
Melanie Loren Regional: The Color Purple (The Muny), Little Shop of Horrors (Drury Lane Theatre), The First Deep Breath (Victory Gardens Theater), Raisin (Skylight Music Theatre), The Firestorm (First Folio Theatre), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Porchlight Music Theatre), Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Pegasus Theatre Chicago).
August Wilson (Playwright) (April 27, 1945 – October 2, 2005) authored Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of African Americans, decade-by-decade, over the course of the 20thcentury. His plays have been produced at The Huntington, at regional theatres across the country and all over the world, as well as on Broadway. In 2003, Mr. Wilson made his professional stage debut in his one-man show How I Learned What I Learned.
Lili-Anne Brown, a Chicago South Side native, works as a director, actor and educator, and has performed in, directed and produced many award-winning shows in Chicago and nationally. She is the former Artistic Director of Bailiwick Chicago, where she focused programming on Chicago-premiere musicals and new play development with resident playwrights. Recent directing credits include August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (The Huntington), School Girls, or The African Mean Girls Play and the world premieres of Ike Holter’s I Hate It Here and Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre), Ain’t No Mo’ (Woolly Mammoth), The Color Purple (The Muny), Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Acoustic Rooster…(Kennedy Center), Spunk (Roundabout Theatre virtual), Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse). She is a member of SDC, AEA, and SAG-AFTRA, and represented by William Morris Endeavor. www.lilbrownchicago.com.
Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Design) makes his Huntington debut with Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Arnel has designed all around the US with credits that include Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Color Purple (The Muny), The Lifespan of a Fact (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie (Kennedy Center), Ain’t No Mo (Woolly Mammoth), Put Your House in Order (La Jolla Playhouse), Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre), Choir Boy, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, We Are Proud to Present (Steppenwolf)
Samantha C. Jones
Samantha C. Jones
Samantha C. Jones is making her Huntington debut. She is a Los Angeles based costume designer and educator. Previous design credits include the Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Paramount Theatre (Aurora), Northlight Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Writers Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago Children’s Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Kansas City Rep
Jason Lynch is a Chicago-based lighting designer for theatre, dance, opera, and other live performance art and makes his Huntington debut with this production. Off Broadway: You Are Here: An Evening with Solea Pfeiffer (Audible Theatre/Minetta Lane Theatre).
Aubrey Dube‘s previous design credits include The Bluest Eye (The Huntington), Trayf, Good (New Rep), Vinegar Tom, Monster, Serious Money, Pentecost (PTP/NYC); Big Love, The Imaginary Invalid, In the Next Room, and Man of La Mancha (Middlebury College)
Ted Hewlett (he/him) (Fights/Intimacy) The Huntington: Witch, Sweat, Quixote Nuevo, Yerma, Sherlock’s Last Case, Tartuffe, Merrily We Roll Along, Ripcord, Topdog/Underdog, A Doll’s House, Bedroom Farce, I Was Most Alive with You, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Colored Museum, Venus in Fur, Now or Later, Private Lives, Luck of the Irish, God of Carnage, Before I Leave You, Fences, and Brendan.
Alaine Alldaffer, she/her (Casting) Huntington: numerous credits since 2000. New York: casting director for Playwrights Horizons, where credits include Grey Gardens (also for Broadway), Clybourne Park (also for Broadway), Circle Mirror Transformation (Drama Desk and Obie awards for Best Ensemble and an Artios Award for casting), The Flick (Playwrights Horizons and Barrow Street Theatre)
Rosalind Bevan, she/her (Local Casting) is the Casting & Producing Associate at The Huntington. She is a producer and director. Huntington: Assistant Director on Witch; Director for two Dream Boston audio plays: Echoes by Patrick Gabridge and The 54th in ‘22 by Kirsten Greenidge.
Emily F. McMullen
Production Stage Manager
Emily F. McMullen
Emily F. McMullen, she/her, has stage managed over 30 shows over the past eight seasons at the Huntington, including Common Ground Revisited, Hurricane Diane, Sweat; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Indecent; Romeo and Juliet; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Man in the Ring; The Niceties; Top Girls; Bad Dates; Tartuffe; and Merrily We Roll Along.
ADDITIONAL STAFF FOR AUGUST WILSON’S JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE:
Jasmine Brooks – Associate Director
Jermaine Hill – Music Consultant
Kurt Douglas – Movement Consultant
Gregory Geffrard – Intimacy Consultant
Nathan C. Crocker – Dialect Coach
Carla McDonough – Young Person Coordinator
Kendyl Trott, Lucas Dixon, Winnie Chiang – Production Assistants
Thomas Cappelli, Joe Ellard, Martha Keslar, Stephen Maurer, Dawn Morningstar, Michelle Walker, Amy West, Slava Tchoul – Carpenters
Steven Doucette, Elektra Newman – Scenic Artists
Aryn Murphy – Tailor
Ana-Ayanna Escalante, Maegan Pate – Stitchers
Jessie Fuchs, Zoe Sundra – Wardrobe Swing
Lia Maynard – Wig Run
Kathleen Shanahan – Wig Run Swing
Kevin Barnett, Dean Covert, Jasmine De Leon, Maddie Hanley, Makenna Harnden, Sarah Hutchins, Gabriel Karr, Callie Moos, Jack Riter, Cindy Wade – Electricians
Lexie Lankiewicz – Audio Run/A2
Abe Joyner-Meyers – Audio Swing