Dixon Place presents Glory!, a new play written by Nan-Lynn Nelson and directed by Kevin R. Free, previewing Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7:30pm and running three weekends through April 27 at Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street) in Manhattan. Tickets are $18 in advance, $21 at the door for adults, and $15 in advance, $18 at the door for students and seniors. Group rates are available. For tickets and further information please visit www.dixonplace.org
Glory! is a ‘traumatic’ comedy that takes two elder African American sisters through a harrowing, albeit hilarious experience — mystery and mayhem result when family secrets get spilled, shots are fired, and the truth is revealed.
Starring two extraordinary Audelco Award-winning veteran actresses Marjorie Johnson (Dotty in Colman Domingo’s Dot at The Vineyard Theatre) and Sandra Scott Mills (Ida in Maid’s Door at the Billie Holiday Theater), the play revolves around the two sisters whose friendship and escapades are reminiscent of last century’s beloved Lucy Ricardo and Ethyl Mertz.
New York audiences have scant opportunities to see older women in starring roles, and Black older women, even more rare. With wide appeal, Glory! gives voice to characters seldom seen in the entertainment industry.
This Dixon Place production is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.
The Dixon Place Lounge is open before and after the show. Proceeds from the bar directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.
Dixon Place is located at 161A Chrystie Street (between Rivington and Delancey), in Manhattan’s Lower East Side (By subway: B/D to Grand, F to 2nd Ave, J/Z to Bowery, 6 to Spring St, M to Essex St).
Nan-Lynn Nelson (Playwright) started her career as an actor Off-Broadway at The Public Theater. She has starred on Broadway three times in addition to being a principal player on episodic television and daytime programming. As a playwright, Nelson was chosen by the Tony Award-winning regional theatre Crossroads, for their Genesis Project of New African American Voices in Theatre where she developed Leaving Watermaine, which was also part of the acclaimed Kitchen Sink Reading Series at the Coronet Theatre in LA. She was in EST’s Women of Color Playwrights GOING TO THE RIVER festival of short plays, and was an artist-in-residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center where she developed Enemy of the B.R.E.A.D. Other plays include The Unfamiliar, A Town Called Witness and House of Lattisville.
Kevin R Free (Director) Selected Credits: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Portland Stage); David Lawson’s Nazis and Me (Under St. Marks); Forged in Fire (Theatreworks CityTech); The Bright Edges of the World (Quicksilver Theater POC Summit); Top Dog/Underdog (University of Arkansas, 2019); The Last Five Years (Portland Stage, 2019; Blue Fire on the Water (Fresh Fruit Festival); several readings with his longtime collaborator, Tracey Conyer Lee.
Jesse Holmes (actor) NYC stage credits include Frank in Dance Card (La Mama Etc.), George Jones in Street Scene (Willow Cabin Theatre), and Martin Dysart in Equus (127th Street Rep Ensemble). Regional credits include Wolf in Two Trains Running (Portland Rep.), Oronte in The Misanthrope (Artist Rep Theatre), Simon in The Whipping Man (Cape May Stage) Mike in Wait Until Dark (Syracuse Stage) and Jonious in the awarding Meet Me At The Oak (Avery Schreiber Playhouse.). His television and film credits include HBO’s VEEP, the award-winning short GETTING LUCKY as well as various daytime dramas and national commercials.
Marjorie Johnson has created and recreated a wide range of roles across the country and abroad. Roles include Dotty in Colman Domingo’s Dot at The Vineyard Theatre (received Audelco Award for Lead Actress); Candylady in Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Audelco Award for Best Supporting Actress); Mrs. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth at The Delaware Theatre; Rose in Fences at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Elizabeth in John Henry Redwoods’ The Old Settler at the Buffalo Studio Arena; and she portrayed Sojourner Truth and Zora Neale Hurston in The Pen and the Podium at the Edinburg Festival in Scotland. Most recently she was seen in Having Our Say at The Jubilee Theatre in Ft. Worth, TX. TV and Film credits include Sneaky Pete, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Leftovers,” “Law & Order SVU,” American Gangster and Boiler Room.
Sandra Mills Scott has appeared on stages in New York, regionally, and internationally. Most notably, Sandra received an Audelco Award for Best Actress in the Billie Holiday Theater premiere of Maid’s Door, which was also performed at the National Black Theatre Festival in both 2015/2017. Short list of other favorites: Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, The Dance on Widows’ Row, Tamer of Horses, and Dael Orlandersmith’s premiere of My Red Hand, My Black Hand at The Long Wharf Theater. TV/Film: “Law & Order,” “L&O Criminal Intent,” “The Jury,” “Golden Boy,” numerous commercials, industrials, & voiceovers. Sandra received an MFA from New York University.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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