[CANCELED] Week 3: Speak Easy
WRITTEN & COMPOSED BY OBEDIYA JONES-DARRELL*
Directed by Ashley Wheadon
*2019/2020 Kulas Theatre Composer Fellow
Recently unemployed, Bernard drowns his sorrows at the “Speak Easy” when a mysterious guest shakes up a normal night at the bar. Bernard is faced with a tough decision; what is he willing to sacrifice to succeed? Set presently in Cleveland, Speak Easy examines the struggles of the average working person, the entrepreneurial spirit, and what success truly means.
Performers: Wesley Allen, Benjamin Isaiah Black, Madelyn Hayes
Musicians: Michael Atkinson (Tenor Saxophone), Quinten Harkness (Baritone Saxophone), Justin Ohler (Alto Saxophone)
Costume Designer: Ayoola Adebusoye
Artwork by: James Gribbs
Obediya Jones-Darrell is an award-winning writer, music composer, and producer. With his diverse portfolio of theatrical productions, Obediya is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Across Canada, two of his radio plays won Outstanding Achievement in Creative Production (NCRA) 2012-2013 (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and 2013-2014 (Victoria, British Columbia). Speak Easy is a play with music he has written inspired by immigrating to the United States and moving to Cleveland. Building on how our relationship with work and citizenship defines who we are to ourselves and the world, this play explores how the stress of a job can make or break anyone. facebook.com/soundbodyculture
The goal of Test Flight is to support new work and local/national artists.
– The James Levin Theatre
– Basic production staff, stage management, box office support
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The writers, directors, actors, and designers selected for Test Flight dedicate themselves to creating new and original work, or stretching their artistic powers by working in new disciplines.