The show tells the slow-burning story of one teacher’s conversation with the mother of a student. The tight 90 minute show finds room to address a multitude of important and thought-provoking topics, including freedom-of-speech, violence, grief, bullying, and guilt. The play unfolds in real-time, creating a hard-to-forget—and sometimes uncomfortable—journey that is sure to challenge and move audiences.
The production will run February 16-18th; February 23rd-25th; and March 2nd-4th at the Durham Arts Council PSI Theater. Bartlett Theater is proud to welcome back two veteran Bartlett actors: Lakeisha Coffey will play Corynn and Shannon Malone will portray Heather. Bryan Conger directs this two-woman powerhouse of a play.
Bryan Conger (Director) is a freelance director who has spent much of his professional career working in professional regional and educational theatre. He served as artistic associate at Triad Stage and as Interim Artistic Director at Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Most recently Bryan directed Young Frankenstein at East Carolina University. Select directing credits include The Miracle Worker, Skeletons, Caroline; Or Change, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Godspell, Deathtrap, Dirty Blonde, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and My Fair Lady. He has his MFA in directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Bryan is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Bartlett Theater. Find out more about him at bryanconger.com.
Lakeisha Coffey (Corynn) began her Bartlett Theater journey last spring with Crumbs From the Table of Joy. She made her first appearance in Durham at Manbites Dog Theater in The Overwhelming. Previous Manbites productions include The Best of Enemies, brownsville song: a b-side for Tray, Spirits to Enforce, …the Death of Walt Disney, Life Sucks and The Miraculous and the Mundane. Additional Stage credits include I Love My Hair… and I Love My Hair…the Remix (FORTY/AM); The Mountaintop (Justice Theater Project); For Colored Girls…(SheCow Productions/Burning Coal Theatre Second Stage); A Raisin in the Sun, The Waiting Room (Raleigh Little Theater); Boston Marriage (Ghost & Spice); The Jade City Chronicles Vol. 1, Our Town (Little Green Pig). She has also served as stage manager with several theater companies. She is a part of the Creative Development Team for the BullCity Black Theater Festival premiering in March 2018. Upcoming productions include Wakey, Wakey (Manbites Dog May 2018).
Shannon Malone* (Heather) happily resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina after growing up in Atlanta, and living in New York and Los Angeles for many years. She holds a BFA from UNC-Greensboro and an MFA from A.C.T in San Francisco. Her credits span Theatre and Opera, Film and TV. Favorite roles include Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Bartlett Theater) and Jane in Blue Sky (Burning Coal). Shannon co-owns her own production company, TapirCo Productions LLC, with her husband, and is a proud member of Bartlett Theater and the Durham Community Chorale.
Johnna Adams (Playwright) is an Astoria, NY-based writer who recently received her fifth off-off production from Flux Theatre Ensemble (of her play World Builders, prior productions include Sans Merci and The Angel Eaters Trilogy). Other recent NYC shows include a premiere and revival of her rhyming, Alexandrine verse play, Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens, by Boomerang Theatre, and the 59E59 production of Gidion’s Knot (directed by Austin Pendleton). Johnna received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation for Gidion’s Knot (2013). She is a past recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a 2012 Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Gidion’s Knot was published in 2012 in American Theatre Magazine. The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered Gidion’s Knot in Shepherdstown, WV, in 2012 and more than 40 productions have taken place in the last few years, including productions at InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Profiles (Chicago), Kitchen Dog (Dallas), Stages (Houston), Aurora (Berkeley) and Furious Theatre Company (Los Angeles). Johnna graduated from the DePaul University Theatre School with a BFA in Acting and received an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College under professor Tina Howe. Three of her plays are published with Dramatists Play Service and five are published by Original Works Publishing.