Cast & Creative

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Bryce Pinkham

Robert Hampshire

BRYCE PINKHAM (Robert Hampshire). An American stage and screen actor, Bryce is most widely known for originating the role of Monty Navarro in the Tony-winning production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, for which he was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards.  He also notably appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles as Peter Patrone, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.  His other Broadway credits include original roles in Holiday Inn, The Great Society, Ghost, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Bryce’s on-screen appearances include as a series regular on the Civil War drama Mercy Street, guest appearances in HBO’s Julia, Baz Lurman’s Netflix series “The Get Down”, and Robert DeNiro’s feature film The Comedian, as well as “The Good Wife” (CBS), “Proven Innocent” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Blindspot” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC). As a singer Bryce has performed in concert venues across the country, most notably Carnegie Hall, The Chicago Lyric Opera, Lincoln Center, and The Library of Congress. As a writer, Bryce has published articles in American Theater Magazine and Yale Alumni Magazine. In 2012, Bryce helped found Zara Aina, a not-for-profit that uses the power of theatrical storytelling to empower under-resourced youth. In May 2013, Bryce led a team of American artists on Zara Aina’s pilot program to Madagascar.  Bryce is also a frequent collaborator with Outside the Wire, a social impact theater company that serves many communities, but particularly focuses on military audiences. His most notable international tours include Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Kuwait, and Qatar. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Bryce was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Foundation Early Career Fellowship in 2012. Bryce holds a BA from Boston College and an MFA in Acting and bio-writing from the Yale School of Drama.

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Mister Fitzgerald

David/Val

MISTER FITZGERALD (David/Val). Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Mister is excited to be making his Broadway debut! He is also currently playing George Murchison in Raisin In The Sun at The Public Theatre, directed by Robert O’Hara. He was recently seen in Exception to the Rule at Roundabout Theatre as Abdul and will be starring in the upcoming film The Last Deal as Bobby. Off-Broadway: Blue Man Group, Rio Uphill (York), On Sugarland (NYTW). Regional: Of Mice and Men (Serenbe Playhouse), The Wiz (Shenandoah). Film: Boogie, 30 Weeks. TV: “Power: Book ll,” “FBI,” “The Blacklist,” “Godfather of Harlem.” Awards: Best Duo Performance, DTLA Film Festival. BFA, Florida Southern College.

MITCHELL LIZAN

Lizan Mitchell

Mrs. Tyler, Miss Dawson, Aunt Lou

LIZAN MITCHELL (Mrs. Tyler, Miss Dawson, Aunt Lou). Broadway: Electra, Having Our Say, So Long on Lonely Street. Off-Broadway: Bodies They Ritual, On Sugarland, Cullud Wattah, Trojan Women, The Visitor, Passage, First Noel, Brownsville Song, Cell, Rosmersholm, for colored girls…, Gum, Ma Rose and Salt. Regional: STC, CATF, Rep Theater of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Trinity Rep, Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Victory Gardens, NBT U.K., Cincinnati Playhouse, Roundhouse Theater. Film/TV: Detroit, We’ll Never Have Paris, The Human Stain, The Preacher’s Wife, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Deadbeat,” “Golden Boy,” “John Adams,” “The Good Wife,” “Sesame Street,” “The Wire.”

Abigail Stephenson

Abigail Stephenson

Iris Ann

ABIGAIL STEPHENSON (Iris Ann). Broadway debut. Theater: World Premiere and Original Cast Album Knoxville (Asolo Rep), Hi, My Name is Ben (Goodspeed Musicals), and others. TV/Film: “The Good Fight.” Thank you, WTG, friends, Mom, Dad, Al, and Forrest McClendon for all the love and support. I could not do this without you all. Beyond grateful. MA: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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Brett Diggs

U/S David/Val

BRETT DIGGS:(U/S for DAVID ALEXANDER/VAL) Broadway Debut! A Baltimore, MD native and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film grad. THEATRE: Buzzer (The Public Theater); FILM: The Post (20th Century Fox/Disney); TV: “Godfather of Harlem” (EPIX), “The Equalizer” (CBS), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Chicago P.D.” (NBC), “The Punisher” (Netflix), “That Damn Michael Che” (HBO MAX). Excited to be a part of this Broadway production and thanks all his family and loved ones. A special THANK YOU goes out to his Mom.

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Brooke Gardner

U/S Iris Ann

BROOKE GARDNER (U/S Iris Ann). Broadway Debut! Brooke Gardner is a 2019 Pace University graduate with a BFA in Acting. Film/TV credits include Soul Santa (BET+), Sour Honey (Short Film, Post-Prod), and “Ways and Means” (CBS Pilot). Commercial credits include NY Lottery and McDonald’s. Brooke’s Theater background includes performing in The Mad Dog Blues (The Hive, NYC) and in the original musical We Didn’t Have Time to be Scared at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Repped by Realm Talent and managed by Michal Zecher at MZ.MGMT.NY

Christian Pederson

Christian Pedersen

U/S Robert Hampshire

CHRISTIAN PEDERSEN (U/S Robert Hampshire) most recently appeared in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. Off-Broadway: Cherry Lane, 59E59, 3LD, The Pearl, Abingdon, Barrow Street. Regional: Once (South Coast Rep), reasons to be pretty (Geffen Playhouse), The Mousetrap (Rep St. Louis), Clybourne Park (Cleveland Play House, Geva, Laguna Playhouse), The 39 Steps (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Cloud Nine (Studio Theatre DC), Dead Ringer (NJ Rep) and others. TV credits include The Offer, Seal Team, This Is Us, Superstore, The Good Wife. Graduate of the University of Richmond and the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

Gayle Samuels

Gayle Samuels

U/S Mrs. Tyler, Miss Dawson, Aunt Lou

GAYLE SAMUELS (U/S Mrs. Tyler, Miss Dawson, Aunt Lou) recently portrayed Lena Younger in A Raisin In the Sun at the Sydney Theatre Company. She received a Best Supporting Actress Award for the independent film American Wisper and a Best Actress nomination from the Connecticut Critics Circle for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She recently worked with Emmy Award winner Peter Dinklage in Cyrano, originating the role of the Chaperone at the Goodspeed Opera House, and just directed a production of The Mountaintop at the Music Theatre of Connecticut. Gayle has appeared on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God, Sunset Boulevard, Grind, and Dancin’. Her Off- Broadway credits include Barbara in MsTrial, Gloria in Sistas, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and Josephine Baker in The Dark Star from Harlem.  She toured internationally as a featured vocalist with Harry Belafonte, played the Phyllis Hyman role in the Russian tour of Sophisticated Ladies and played Mrs. Loftus in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert. Regionally, Gayle has worked at The Artist Repertory Theatre (Seven Guitars), John W. Engeman Theatre (The Sunshine Boys), The Florida Repertory Theatre (Fences), The Guthrie (Little House on the Prairie), Cincinnati Playhouse (Crowns, Beehive), The Florida Studio Theatre (The World Goes Round), and Georgia Shakespeare (Shrew). Gayle’s television and film credits include Bull, The Equalizer, Queens, The Flight Attendant, Girls5eva, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary, The Americans, The Class and Black Nativity.

Adrienne Kennedy

Playwright

ADRIENNE KENNEDY (Playwright). Award-winning playwright, lecturer and author Adrienne Kennedy was born in Pittsburgh in 1931 and attended Ohio State University. Her plays include Funnyhouse of a Negro (Obie Award, Petit Odeon directed by Jean Marie Serreau), June and Jean in Concert (Obie Award), Sun (Commissioned by Royal Court London), A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White, Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles? (co-authored with her son Adam Kennedy), A Rat’s Mass, The Owl Answers, Motherhood 2000, Electra and Orestes (adaptation), She Talks to Beethoven, An Evening with Dead Essex, A Lesson in a Dead Language and The Lennon Play. She is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sleep Deprivation Chamber, which she co-authored with her son Adam Kennedy. It premiered at the Public Theater and was produced by Signature Theatre Company, which devoted an entire season to Ms. Kennedy’s work. Other awards include a Guggenheim Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, the American Book Award for 1990, and induction into the Theater Hall of Fame. Her published works include Heart in a Box in Spring 2021 with the Modern Language Association, In One Act, Alexander Plays and Deadly Triplets, all published by University of Minnesota Press, and People Who Led to My Plays (a memoir), originally published by Knopf and now in paperback by Theatre Communications Group, which also published He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Other Plays. Her plays are taught in colleges throughout the country, in Europe, India and Africa. She has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University, New York University, and University of California at Berkeley, where she was Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer in 1980 and 1986. She was also commissioned to write plays for Jerome Robbins, the Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Juilliard School and the Royal Court in England. She was a distinguished Hutchins Fellow in 2016-2017. Ms. Kennedy has lived in Africa, Italy and London and has taught in Harvard University’s English Department for six semesters.  In 2018, Ms. Kennedy was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame for “Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater.” In March of 2022, Ms. Kennedy was awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy of Arts and Letters which is awarded to those who have achieved eminence in an entire body of work.

Kenny Leon

Director

KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony Award winning director who also has been honored with The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, an Obie Award and an NAACP Image Award. Mr. Leon is also a proud honoree of the George Abbott Lifetime Achievement for American Theatre. Broadway: A Soldier’s Play; American Son; Children of a Lesser God; Holler If Ya Hear Me; A Raisin in the SunThe Mountaintop; Stick Fly; August Wilson’s Fences, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. Upcoming Broadway: Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog on Broadway this fall.  

Off-Broadway: The Underlying Chris, Everybody’s Ruby, Emergence-See! (The Public); Smart People (Second Stage). Television: Robin Roberts Presents: MahaliaColin in Black & White; 4400; Amend: The Fight for America; American Son (adapted for Netflix); Hairspray Live!; The Wiz Live!; Steel Magnolias; Dynasty; In My Dreams. Author: Take You Wherever You Go. Artistic Director Emeritus, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. Senior Resident Director: Roundabout Theatre Company. Upcoming Broadway: Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog on Broadway this fall. 

Beowulf Boritt

Set Design

BEOWULF BORITT (Set Design). 26 Broadway designs include the Tony Award winning set for Act One, the Tony nominated sets for The Scottsboro Boys, Therese Raquin, Potus, and Flying Over Sunset. Also on Broadway, Come From Away, Freestyle Love Supreme, Be More Chill, The New One, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Meteor Shower, A Bronx Tale, Prince Of Broadway, Hand To God, Sondheim On Sondheim, …Spelling Bee , LoveMusik, Rock Of Ages, Chaplin, On The Town, Bronx Bombers, Grace, and The Two And Only. 100 Off- Broadway shows include Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado and Merry Wives, The Last Five Years, Fiddler On The Roof (in Yiddish), Sleepwalk With Me, and Miss Julie. He has designed for The NYC Ballet and the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kenny Leon’s production of Trading Places at the Alliance Theatre, and around the world in England, Russia, China, Australia, and Japan. His book about Broadway set design, Transforming Space Over Time, is available wherever books are sold.

Dede Ayite

Costume Design

DEDE AYITE (Costume Design). Broadway: American Buffalo, How I Learned to DriveA Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, Chicken & Biscuits, American Son, and Children of a Lesser God. Select Off-Broadway: Merry Wives (The Public); The Secret Life of Bees, Marie and Rosetta (Atlantic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature); School Girls… (MCC). Regionally, Ayite’s work has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppenwolf and more. She has worked in television with Netflix and Comedy Central. Awards: Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff Awards; Two Tony nominations.

Allen Lee Hughes

Lighting Design

ALLEN LEE HUGHES (Lighting Design). Broadway designs include: A Soldier’s Play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; Clybourne Park; Having Our Say; Mule Bone; Once on this Island; K2; Strange Interlude; Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Quilters. His work has been seen at major theaters including the McCarter Theatre, Seattle Rep, Goodman Theatre, Gurhrie Theatre and Mark Taper Forum.  New York designs include work at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, New York Shakespeare Festival, and Lincoln Center Theater.  He is proud to have been honored with four Tony nominations, Audelco and Ovation Award nominations, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joseph Maharam Award, USITT Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design, Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, two Helen Hayes awards and eight other Helen Hayes nominations. He was the recipient of the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design Award and is proud that The Fellows’ Program at Arena Stage bears his name.

Justin Ellington

Sound Design

JUSTIN ELLINGTON (Sound Design). Broadway: TopDog UnderdogFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Was Enuff (Tony Nomination), Clyde’s, Pass Over, Other Desert Cities. Off Broadway: Heroes Of The Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons). Pipeline (Lincoln Center); Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (ArsNova); Merchant Of Venice, He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (TFANA).

Jeff Sugg

Projection Design

JEFF SUGG (Projection Design) is a Tony nominated designer with over 25 years in the performing arts. His work ranges from experimental to Broadway. Select credits include: Broadway: Tina: The Musical, All My Sons, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweat, Bring It On, 33 Variations. West End: Tina: The Musical. Off-Broadway & Regional credits include work at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, Steppenwolf, The Old Globe, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare, Arena Stage, and many others. Music: Flower Power (LA Phil), Fire In My Mouth (NY Phil) Anthracite Fields (worldwide), and Prince’s final appearance on SNL. Awards: Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award, Bessie Award and two Henry Hewes Design Awards.