SPF 11: And Here You Are, Living, Despite it All
In the wake of a loss, a grieving woman is comforted by a community of women.
The play was commissioned by Penumbra Theater Company in St. Paul, Minnesota (Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director).
Harrison David Rivers is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for THE BANDAGED PLACE. His other plays include WHEN LAST WE FLEW (GLAAD Media Award), SWEET(AUDELCO nom), WHERE STORMS ARE BORN (Berkshire Theatre Award nom, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), THIS BITTER EARTH (Jeff nom, MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work) and FIVE POINTS (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Award for Best New Work). He is the recipient of McKnight, Jerome, and Van Lier Fellowships and residencies with New York Stage & Film, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Siena Art Institute, the Hermitage, Duke University, New York Theatre Workshop and the Williamstown Theater Festival. He was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. Harrison is a member of the Playwrights’ Center’s Board of Directors. MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts. harrisondavidrivers.com
Past credits include: Cal In Camo (LA Premiere, Red Dog Squadron), And Then They Fell (Atwater Village Theatre, BSTC) Pack Up The Moon (BSTC), A Poster Of The Cosmos (Cabaret Theatre, Boston, MA), Scenes From A Marriage (Equity Fights Aids @ Ivy Sub Station). Amy has also been the director for Emerson College’s LA Program Senior Class Showcase in front of network, agents and mangers since 2016. She is a graduate of The Ensemble Conservatory School at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and continues to study with Steppenwolf West, focused on ensemble and viewpoints with Jeff Perry, Alexandra Billings, and Eric Hunicutt. She holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. Some Performance credits: LA Stage: Lord Of The Underworld’s Home For Unwed Mothers (Skylight Theatre) NICE THINGS (Rogue Machine) All Your Hard Work (Dir. Michael Matthews) DIRTY (Dir. Shannon Cochran) Summer in Hell, Leiris/Picasso, (BSTC.) FILM/TV: A Lonely Crate In A Deep Hole (Holly Shorts Official Selection) Lock It Up Dog (Winner, 2017 Marina Del Rey Film Festival Winner, 2018 Chautauqua International Film Festival, Best Comedy) Suit Up (FOX), Scandal (ABC), Private Practice (ABC), American Splendor (HBO). This is her first time directing at The Road and is honored to be amongst such talent.
“AND HERE WE ARE, LIVING, DESPITE IT ALL”
Woman (Lena) – Jaquita Ta’le
Mother (Easter) – Denise Dowse
Neighbor (Turtle) – Audrey Cain*
Church Lady (Margaret Wilson) – Elayn Taylor
Friend (Jo) – Arianna Ortiz*
Sister (Nikko) – Cherish Monique Duke*
Little Girl (Luz) – Dolann Marie Adams*
*Road Company Member