Emerson Theater Collaborative’s Living In The Wind

Emerson Theatre Collaborative Announces Production of Living in the Wind

March 11, 2011, Mystic CT…Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC) announces the production of Michael Bradford’s play, Living in the Wind, directed by Theresa Broach and produced by ETC’s Camilla Ross. The play takes place on a front porch in Georgia and opens in the hot stretch of June. Married as slaves and separated on the night of their marriage, Sarah and Isaiah are reunited after twelve years. They attempt to salvage a past amidst the constant reminders from the dead who are just as real as the living and breathing reminders of Hattie and Vance Williams, who live just down the road. And all of this is done for the sake of possibilities, for the future. At stake is a chance to be whole, to be treated as necessary as the space that one occupies. At stake is the ability to love completely and to have the capacity to be loved.

Performances run from March 11 – March 20, 2011 at the Union Baptist Church in Mystic, CT. This production will be under the direction of Theresa Broach. Performance information and tickets for Living in the Wind be can be obtained by visiting EmersonTheaterCollaborative.org. Tickets are $25 ($23 for students and seniors).

Emerson Theater Collaborative’s mission is to serve youth, under-represented communities and artists with an emphasis on diversity, by producing innovative and exhilarating theater in Southeastern Connecticut. ETC explores timely themes and issues through new, original works and modern theatrical classics. The company develops and nurtures both emerging and professional artists, and collaborates with the Emerson College network of alumni and students. ETC’s goals include reaching inner city youth through educational theatrical programming and to support local communities by providing free admission to low-income families and donating profits to humanitarian causes. For more information, visit EmersonTheaterCollaborative.org.

Living in the Wind is written by Connecticut playwright, Michael Bradford. Mr. Bradford is an Assoc. Prof. of Dramatic Arts and Director of the Theatre Studies B.A. at the University of Connecticut. He has written numerous full-length and one-act plays produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Developmental Theatre, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Access and the NADA Theatre. Regionally, his work has premiered at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct), eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, Il.), and a recent World Premiere at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) (Seattle, WA.). International, Michael has led writing workshops at Teatro Oficina Theatre Company, Guemareas, Portugal (2010) and the University at Tges-Mures, Romania (2010), where his play, OLIVES AND BLOOD, was translated and staged read in both Hungarian and Romanian. His film, “A Contemplation of Trees,” was produced by Stonewall Films (2007), directed by Doug Williams. He has received the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwright Fellowship, residencies at the LARK Developmental Theatre (NY), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship and the 2010-2011 Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain. Michael is also the playwright-in-residence for the Bated Breath Theatre Company, which premiered a multi-media piece, “The Parkville Project,” at the Playhouse on Park Theatre, Hartford, Ct., July 2010. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

Theresa Broach (Director), Theresa Broach has produced, directed and/or stage-managed over 30 theatrical productions for children and adult audiences including Camelot, Mame, Can-Can, Come Blow Your Horn, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Oliver, Cavern of the Jewels, Brigadoon, The Errols, Never Too Late, Hello Dolly!, Lend Me A Tenor, Annie, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Music Man, Kiss Me Kate, Carousel, Skips in the Record, Godspell, Sweet Charity, Marco Polo, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Murder at the Crazy Whores Saloon, Always Patsy Cline, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Road to Home, Finian’s Rainbow, and Hocus Pocus. Theresa has served as President and Producer for the Pfizer Players, formerly a company-sponsored musical theatre group that contributed over $250,000 to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. She has been a member of the Boards of Directors for the Connecticut Business Leadership Network, which supports the employment of people with disabilities; and the Spirit of Broadway Theatre, a semi-professional, award-winning, 74-seat theatre. She is also an active member of the North Stonington Congregational Church. Theresa is delighted to work with the Emerson Theatre Collaborative and the talented cast of Michael Bradford’s Living in the Wind.

Lisa Giordano (Assistant Director) is a playwright and serves on the advisory board of the Emerson Theater Collaborative. She is the author of several plays. “Harriet Tubman’s Dream” has been produced by The Emerson Theater Collaborative since 2009, and “Ink Never Spoils” was performed as part of the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary Gala in Nov 2010. Her play, “True Nature Of All Being,” received an Honorable Mention in the Clauder Competition, the New England Playwrights Festival held in Maine and was chosen as a finalist receiving an Honorable Mention in the International Eco-drama Playwrights Festival in California. Locally, two of her musical plays for children, “Rock Around the Sound” and “To Bee or Not To Bee and Other Bug Tales” were performed at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT as part of their Kids On Stage program. Ms. Giordano serves on the faculty and is a board member of The Writer’s Block, Ink in New London. Ms. Giordano is a member of the Dramatist Guild and belongs to The Writers’ Roundtable of Southeastern Connecticut.

Camilla Ross (Producer) is the current president and founder of the Emerson Theater Collaborative, and a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. Camilla spent time studying with the Actor’s Workshop of Boston. Drawing on over 20 years of theatrical experience, ranging from commercials to regional theater, Camilla is leading and shaping ETC from the ground up as one of the first professional theaters in southeastern Connecticut. She is the theatrical advisor and acting coach for the SPAG Players at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. She is a current board and choral member with the Connecticut Lyric Opera of New London. Camilla is a former board member and acting instructor for the Writer’s Block, Ink of New London, CT. Camilla is currently a part-time business faculty member of the Three Rivers Community College, teaching a variety of business courses. She currently sits on the Emerson Alumni Board, as one of the co-presidents of the CT Chapter. As an actress, she was seen most recently in John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt,” playing the role of Mrs. Mueller, and as Harriet Tubman in Lisa Giordano’s “Harriet Tubman’s Dream,” and as Chessie in Melanie Greenhouse’s “Chestina Vanessa Poulson.”

THE CAST:

Frederick-Douglass Knowles II (Isaiah) is an International Poet-Educator-Activist involved in Community Education and the Performing Arts. He was a member of the Connecticut and Brooklyn, NY National Poetry Slam Teams. His works have been featured in the “Martin Luther King Jr. Anthology” (Yale University Press), East Haddam Stage Company, the 13th Annual Acacia Group Conference at California State University, “Folio”– a Southern Connecticut State University literary magazine and “Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: AIDS Anthology” by Third World Press. He is currently completing his debut manuscript “BlackRoseCity” for publication. Frederick-Douglass has performed in major cities such as LA, New York, Chicago, Houston & Phoenix, as well as internationally in Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana. He has recently completed his sophomore spoken word album titled “Fredrick-Douglass: Banned For Blackness.” Frederick-Douglass is currently an English Professor at Three Rivers Community College where he infuses English composition with social issues such as AIDS, hunger, poverty, and war.

Tricia Riddick (Mary) is a multifaceted performer. As an actress and singer, Tricia truly delights in the diverse variety of performance opportunities that come her way. Some of Tricia’s work in the theater includes roles such as the wife in “Rashomon”, Hypolita in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and Edith in “Pirates of Penance”. Her most recent role was in the Emerson Theater Collaborative Production of “Waiting for Lefty” as Dr. Benjamin. Though truly passionate about acting, Tricia began her career as a theater “minor” in college. She obtained her Bachelor degree in the Science of Business Economic and just one year later earned her Masters in Business Administration. Tricia currently works in finance for a global company; and, looks forward to transitioning into acting full time one day soon.

Camilla Ross (Hattie) is the current president and founder of the Emerson Theater Collaborative, and a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. She comes with years of performing and producing credits from commercials to Regional Theater. Camilla continues to lead and shape ETC into one of the leading professional theaters in southeastern Connecticut. As an actress Camilla played the leading role of “Chessie” in “Chestina Vanessa Poulson” written by Melanie Greenhouse. Previously, she was seen in John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt,” playing the role of Mrs. Mueller, and as Harriet Tubman in Lisa Giordano’s one woman show “Harriet Tubman’s Dream.” Camilla is a former board member and acting instructor for the Writer’s Block, Ink of New London, CT. and currently teaches as a part-time business faculty member of the Three Rivers Community College. She currently sits on the Emerson Alumni Board, and is the co-president of the CT Chapter. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and gives praise to God for all of the blessings.

Derek Adams (JoJo/GhostJoJo) is ecstatic to make his debut with the Emerson Theater Collaborative. A recent graduate of Northeastern University, Derek received his BA in Communications. Derek is a pop singer and songwriter whose works can be found at http://www.derekadamsmusic.net. Regional credits include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Downtown Cabaret in Bridgeport CT, where he is also an active member of their Children’s Company. Derek is excited and honored to be working with such a talented group of people!

Danielle Brown (Sarah) is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College where she attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. Her first encounter with “Living In The Wind” came in 2000 when she played the role of Mary, at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre Writer’s Conference. Some of her other credits include Marsha in “The Seagull,” “Alenka” in Looking For Tibet, Daughter in “‘Shakin The Mess Outta’ Misery”, and Zubaida Ula and Catherine Connolly in, “The Laramie Project.” In addition to acting, she loves singing, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to play the role of Sarah Maddox and would like to thank cast and crew for their continued support and enthusiasm.

Antonio Gooding (Vance) has been in numerous shows in the area. He has done a number of trailers in the area and has worked with director Jim Driscoll in the past. The highlight of his career was playing the part of LA Dodgers coach Jim “Junior” Gilliam in the movie about the 1977 New York Yankees “The Bronx is Burning”. In his most recent role, he played the part of Harry in the British comedy “Hocus Pocus” at the Donald Oat Theater, directed by Theresa Broach. His experience in the production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” was a very enjoyable one. His credits include roles in “Seussical” at the Spirit of Broadway Theater, and “Guys and Dolls” at Majestic Rose Theater. Antonio has been seen in numerous roles at the Spirit of Broadway Theater: Mr. Brownlow in “Oliver,” Narrator and Seaman in “Opal,” ensemble in “PoeSCrypt,” and the lead role of Flick in “Violet,” a part that earned him a nomination for 2001 Spirit Awards Best Actor in a Musical. In addition, Antonio performed the role of Joe in “Showboat” at the Little Theater of Manchester, at Cheney Hall.

Michael Bradford (Bookman/ Griot) is an Assoc. Prof. of Dramatic Arts and Associate Head of the Theatre Studies B.A. at the University of Connecticut. He has written numerous full-length and one-act plays produced at various venues in New York, including Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre, the LARK Developmental Theatre, the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Access and the NADA Theatre. Regionally, his work has premiered at the Hygienic Arts Theatre (New London, Ct), eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc. (Chicago, Il.), and World Premiere at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) (Seattle, Wa.). International, Michael has led writing workshops at Teatro Oficina Theatre Company, Guemareas, Portugal (2010) and the University at Tges-Mures, Romania (2010), where his play, OLIVES AND BLOOD, was translated and received staged reading. OLIVES AND BLOOD was also recently presented in a staged reading at Carvahal Studios, London, England. His film, “A Contemplation of Trees,” was produced by Stonewall Films (2007), directed by Doug Williams. He has received the Manhattan Theatre Club Playwright Fellowship, residencies at the LARK Developmental Theatre (NY), the New York Stage and Film Company Residency at Vassar, NY., the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism Writing Fellowship and the 2010-2011 Research Scholar Fulbright to Granada, Spain. Michael is also the playwright-in-residence for the Bated Breath Theatre Company, which premiered a multi-media piece, “The Parkville Project,” at the Playhouse on Park Theatre, Hartford, Ct., July 2010. His plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

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