For Her As A Piano

September 30–November 1 2015 | by Nambi E. Kelley | directed by Ilesa Duncan | music composition/direction by Jaret Landon | produced in association with The Goodman Theatre and Chicago Dramatists

Kelley’s new play is the story of one woman’s journey to unravel a history that she’s never been told. Through music, memory and magic, FOR HER AS A PIANO traces the lives of three generations of women, and how they are interconnected across time, space, and remembrance.

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Nambi E. Kelley

Nambi has penned plays for Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre, American Blues, Lincoln Center in New York, and internationally. Most recently, her adaptation of Native Son was presented to critical acclaim at Court Theatre in co-production with American Blues Theatre. Nambi is also a professional actress, most recently closing the critically acclaimed Two Trains Running at the Goodman Theatre, and has been seen on television in Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Elementary, and Chicago PD. Nambi guest lectures at Lake Forest College, University of Illinois at Chicago, has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College.  For more information, visit www.nambikelley.com

photo credit: Emily Schwartz

CAST

Toya Turner: Sarah

Camille Robinson: Piano

Nadirah Bost: Mary

Toni Lynice Fountain: Delores

Dushon Brown: Motha Ku/Dirk

Nicole Michelle Haskins: Motha Mawu/Bill

Monette McLin: Motha Gbadu/Ensemble

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION TEAM

Lauren Nigri, Scenic Designer

Jared Gooding, Lighting Designer

Aaron Quick, Sound Designer

Brittany Bodley, Costume Designer

Mealah Heindenreich, Props Designer

Catherine Allen – Production Manager

Caitlin Body – Stage Manager

Jess Leeseberg – Production Assistant

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Toya-TurnerTOYA TURNER (Sarah)  honed her acting skills in Shakespearean classics including Olivia in Twelfth Night and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. She also developed a voiceover and commercial career with major brands such as McDonalds, Dove and Walmart. Toya’s first job on camera was working with Rosie O’Donnell and Ruby Dee in  America (Lifetime/Sony). She appeared in NBC’s Chicago Fire and can be seen in FOX’s Empire this fall. www.IAmToya.com

 

ATT_1439060618328_Camille Robinson Headshot1 copyCAMILLLE ROBINSON (Piano) Recent theater credits include: Stick Fly (Windy City Playhouse), Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago), More Than A Miracle: A Nativity Story (Congo Square Theatre) and Hair (American Theater Company).

 

 

 

nadiraNADIRAH BOST (Mary) Recent credits include: Chicago Fire, Mind Games, True Blood, SnakeBite Protection, Holidaze, 227, Stranger Than Fiction, and Doubt.

 

 

 

tonyTONI LYNICE FOUNTAIN (Delores) Her many theater credits include her portrayal of Gertrude Murphy Ward in Clara, which landed her a Black Theater Alliance 2013 nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical;  Candy Lady in HooDoo Love, under the direction of True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis. Toni also has a few film & television credits including OWN Network in 2014. She appeared in Wanda Sykes’ parody remake film of Oprah’s theme song on the comedy show Herlarious.

 

DuShon_Brown-289-hs_Web (1) copyDUSHON MONIQUE BROWN (Motha Ku/Dirk) was last on stage as Queenie in Hope VI at Chicago Dramatists. Other theater credits include productions at ETA, Chicago Theatre Co. (Shakin the Mess Outta Misery, Journal of Ordinary Thought, Train is Comin’, Love Child, Rabbit’s Foot), MPAACT (MiLK, Christ T), Lifeline (Praying for Sheetrock), Apple Tree (Once on This Island), Steppenwolf Arts (Our Town, Division Street), The Goodman (Amen Corner), and Piven Theatre Workshop (Because They Have No Words). Brown has received Joseph Jefferson and Black Theater Alliance Award nods. Film credits include The Dilemma (comedic outtakes), Unexpected, One Small Hitch, and A Light Beneath Her Feet. Television credits include Shameless, Boss, Nurse Katie Welch on Prison Break, an upcoming appearance on Empire, and the recurring role of Connie on Chicago Fire.

 

Haskins,NicoleMichelle_2 copyNICOLE MICHELLE HASKINS (Motha Mawu/Bill) Fostering a love for storefront theatre and congested public transit, Nicole packed up her cat and song book and carried her near 6ft frame to the steps of Chicago’s theatre community where she is proud to call herself a Chicago Actor.  www.NicoleMichelleHaskins.com

 

 

monetteMONETTE McLIN (Motha Gbadu)  Some credits include the staged reading of Lydia R. Diamond’s Stage Black for MPAACT, Dog & Pony Theatre, Best of the Box (Second City, Donny’s Skybox),  Safe (Alcyone Festival), and in Memphis, TN: Intimate Apparel (Circuit Playhouse), Jar the Floor (Hattiloo Theatre), and For Colored Girls…(Mosaic Group).