CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY follows an African-American family’s move from the American South to Brooklyn in 1950. Told through the memories of 17 year-old Ernestine Crump, the ravishing play weaves together an emotional story about the struggle for a better life and the journey towards comfort.
The play folds into Bartlett Theater’s mission of presenting the creative world of one playwright throughout each season. CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY is a continuation of the Tennessee Williams-centered season that started with The Glass Menagerie in Fall 2015. Like Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Nottage explores a family’s history through the lens of memories and sends a powerful message that only in our reflections do we realize what our actions should have—or could have—been.
KAREN DACONS-BROCK (Director) is a former professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she taught performance courses, developed and promoted new plays, and directed numerous theatrical productions. During her tenure at NCCU, Dacons-Brock was a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival’s Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Theatre Direction. In the Triangle community, she has directed plays for Raleigh Little Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre, Walltown Children’s Theatre, and the former Durham Theatre Guild. She received the Hillside High School Drama Department’s Phenomenal Woman in the Arts Award for her extensive work in theatre education. Dacons-Brock is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her BFA and MFA degrees.
LAKEISHA COFFEY (Ernestine Crump) is a Raleigh resident who made her debut in the Durham area at Manbites Dog Theater in The Overwhelming. Previous Manbites productions include The Best of Enemies, brownsville song: a b-side for Tray, and Spirits to Enforce. Additional Stage credits include I Love My Hair… and I Love My Hair…the Remix (FORTY/AM) The Mountaintop (The Justice Theater Project) For Colored Girls… (SheCow Productions/Burning Coal Theatre Second Stage) A Raisin in the Sun, The Waiting Room (Raleigh Little Theatre) Boston Marriage (Ghost & Spice). As a Little Green Pig Company member, she has performed in productions such as Night Beast, The Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1, Richie, Our Town and Tarantino’s Yellow Speedo. She also served as stage manager for Black Ops Theatre company’s production of The Typographer’s Dream.
JADE ARNOLD (Godfrey Crump) resides in Durham, N.C. and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he earned his BFA in Theatre. He is the Co-Founder of the Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble, a company member of the Burning Coal Theatre, a member of the Artistic Committee for Justice Theatre Project. Some acting credits include Anthony in Playmaker’s Sweeney Todd, Abraham Galloway in “Fire of Freedom” for Carboro Arts Center’s Redbird Festival, Marc Antony in Justice Theater Project’s “Julius Caesar”. Jade also played Mozart in Leviathan Theatre Company’s “Amadeus” and Hamlet in Little Green Pig’s “HMLT”. With Theatre Raleigh, “Carousel!”, “A Few Good Men”, and Dreamgirls”. Jade feels very blessed to be a part of this of this ensemble and sends his thanks for your support.
MORIAH WILLIAMS (Ermina Crump) Moriah Renee Williams is a native of Durham and a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University. Her theatrical appearances include Taylor in Stickfly (Raleigh Little Theatre), Penola in The Bluest Eye (NCCU), Tracy Ada in Steal Away (NCCU), and Nephi in By a Black Hand (NCCU). She received an ACTF nomination for her role in The Bluest Eye.
MELANIE W. MATTHEWS (Lily Ann Green) is a Greensboro native who attended North Carolina A&T and UNCG. She has performed in the Downtown Urban Theater Festival and the Planet Connections Theater Festival in New York City and with numerous theater companies in Philadelphia, PA
EMILY BARRETT RIEDER (Gerte Schulte) is an Actress and Teaching Artist originally from Raleigh, NC. She received her MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and her BFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also trained at The Moscow Art Theatre, The Barrow Group (NYC) and Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC). Some of her favorite roles include Kyra in Skylight ( Burning Coal Theatre Co.), Ruth in Blithe Spirit (Northern Illinois University), Beth in A Lie of the Mind (Northern Illinois University), Myrrhine in Lysistrata ( Phare Play Productions NYC) and, always, Brooke in Noises Off! (Triad Stage). As always, she is grateful for the constant support of her husband and family.
AMANDA WARRINER (Scenic Designer) Amanda M Warriner (Scenic Designer) – Amanda is currently the Technical Director at Elon University and has worked at such theatres as; Berkshire Theatre Group (Props Master), Clinton Area Showboat Theatre (Technical Director/Scene Designer), Triad Stage (Lead Carpenter), and Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Shop Foreman/Asst. Change-Over Manager). Education: MFA in Scenography University of North Carolina Greensboro 2016, BA Graphic Design Lynchburg College 2010.
STEVAN DUPOR (Lighting & Sound Designer) is excited to join Bartlett Theater once again as Lighting & Sound Designer and thrilled to be part of such a talented group of designers, actors, and staff. Stevan is the founder of a theatrical lighting, sound, and projection design company, DuporDesign, Inc. He has provided design and equipment services for a wide variety of productions ranging from musical theatre to rock concerts and special events. A small selection of company favorites include: American Idiot (WPU Theatre, 2016), The Glass Menagerie (Bartlett Th, 2015), Approaching Ali (N.C. Opera, 2015), Jesus Christ Superstar (N.C. Theatre Conservatory, 2014), bare: the musical (Next Generation Theatre-2011), Into The Woods (William Peace Theatre-2013), Cabaret (William Peace Theatre-2012), Dracula (Wakefield Theatre Co-2009), Santigold (MTV Music Experiment-2013), Cinderella, Peter Pan and Aladdin (Original Ballets – Legacy Repertory Co.-2012- 2015), Panoramic Dance Projects (NCSU 2013-2015), Bellan-Birth of Existence &; Bellan-An Experience (2009). Stevan is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, and has been fascinated with theatrical lighting since his third-grade production of Charlotte’s Web, circa 1992. He attended college at North Carolina State University, earning degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Since graduating in 2008, he has enjoyed applying the thought process and problem solving of his engineering training to the geometry, physics, and optics that are so critical to the execution of the ethereal, magical art form that is lighting and sound design.
PAMELA A. BOND (Costume Designer) is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She received a B.A. in Theatre, a B.S. in Textiles & Apparel and a M.A. in Textiles & Apparel from North Carolina Central University. Her costume design credits include the educational video Crafting Freedom with the The Apprend Foundation, Jackie O with Long Leaf Opera and For Colored Girls and Black Boys at the National Black Theatre Festival. Mrs. Bond recently costumed The Color Purple with North Carolina Central University, and Dreamgirls with ANFO productions. She has conducted Workforce Wear Workshops across the state aiding Welfare to Work participants. Mrs. Bond serves as costume designer for Triangle Performance Ensemble’s annual production of Black Nativity, and the costume designer for the Department of Theatre at North Carolina Central University. She recently served as Professor In Residence at Hampton University in Hampton VA. Mrs. Bond resides in Durham N.C. , with 3 sons Ronald, Stephen & Keenan.