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May 17, 2014 , Allen Theatre

Joe

A new folk musical reading

written by and starring Elizabeth A. Davis
directed by Chris Henry
musical direction by Tim Acito

Run time: 90 minutes. No intermission

Liz is a Texas pageant queen looking for a cause. Joe is a Native American homeless man looking for a fight. Hustling and dress hemming forge an unlikely friendship between them, but alcoholism, naiveté and mixed motives are a violent combination. This journey based on true events explores the raw but victorious passage of becoming family and forgiving before it's too late. Written by and starring CWRU/CPH alumna and Tony award-nominee Elizabeth A. Davis.

Artists

Heather  Anderson Boll

Heather Anderson Boll

(Actor 1) last appeared at Cleveland Play House in Joe for New Ground Festival and Bill W. and Dr. Bob. New York and Regional credits includeBetween Us at Manhattan Theatre Club; Miss Julie at Two River Theatre Company; 36 Views at Huntington Theatre Company;Strike-Slip at Humana Festival / more(Actor 1) last appeared at Cleveland Play House in Joe for New Ground Festival and Bill W. and Dr. Bob. New York and Regional credits includeBetween Us at Manhattan Theatre Club; Miss Julie at Two River Theatre Company; 36 Views at Huntington Theatre Company;Strike-Slip at Humana Festival / ATL. Recent Cleveland work includes Time Stands Still (Superior Achievement Best Actress 2013); Grizzly Mama, world premiere by George Brant / directed by Laura Kepley at Dobama Theatre; Iphegenia 2.0 (Critics Pick Best Actress 2012); and My Barking Dog (Best Actress 2011) at Cleveland Public Theatre. Ms. Anderson Boll earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Yale School of Drama (Oliver Thorndike Acting Award). She is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework© and currently Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice at Oberlin College.

Elizabeth A. Davis

Elizabeth A. Davis

(Liz/Playwright) appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning and Grammy-winning musical ONCE(Tony Award Nomination). Her critically acclaimed work has been seen at Classic Stage Company with Christopher Lloyd and Duncan Sheik, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, 59E59, New World Stages, American Globe Theatre and multiple venues across more(Liz/Playwright) appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning and Grammy-winning musical ONCE(Tony Award Nomination). Her critically acclaimed work has been seen at Classic Stage Company with Christopher Lloyd and Duncan Sheik, American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, 59E59, New World Stages, American Globe Theatre and multiple venues across NYC. Notable regional credits include: The Devil's Disciple, The Misanthrope, Doubt,You Can’t Take It With You and Ride the Tiger. Television and film credits include Air Disturbance, Taxi Brooklyn, Fringe, All My Children, White Collar, The David Letterman Show, The View, America’s Got Talent and The Today Show. Davis is an alumna of the Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program. As a musician she's performed at 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, Ars Nova, Highline Ballroom, 42 West and Cleveland's Nighttown. As playwright ofJOE, she is a 2013 Cherry Lane Mentor Project Fellow, a 2014 Johnny Mercer Goodspeed Opera House Writer and a Rhinebeck Writer's Retreat Finalist. Please visitwww.elizabethadavis.com or Twitter (@elizabetadavis/@FairPlay2ya). Many thanks to Roe Green.

Gregory Zaragoza

Gregory Zaragoza

(Joe) appeared on Broadway as Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun and as the Apparition and Soldier in Macbeth. He portrayed over 20 characters in the one-man show Sacred Journey and was Dwight Grackle in David Mamet’s November at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Currently more(Joe) appeared on Broadway as Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun and as the Apparition and Soldier in Macbeth. He portrayed over 20 characters in the one-man show Sacred Journey and was Dwight Grackle in David Mamet’s November at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Currently he has a recurring role on HULU’s fully improvised series Quick Draw. Other film and television credits include The Perfect Family, Jordan, Fishes Outta Water, The Last of the Mohicans, The Sopranos, Law & Order, The War That Made America, North & South (Heaven & Hell), Grace & Glorie, New York Undercover, The Jury, SAG American Indian Actors and, most recently, Double Barrel and Point of Origin.

Tim Acito

(Musical Director) wrote the book, music, and lyrics to the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! as well as to The Women of Brewster Place. He has received three Drama Desk nominations, a national GLAAD media award, multiple ASCAP development grants, and a residency at Sundance. more(Musical Director) wrote the book, music, and lyrics to the Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! as well as to The Women of Brewster Place. He has received three Drama Desk nominations, a national GLAAD media award, multiple ASCAP development grants, and a residency at Sundance.

Chris Henry

(Director) is the artistic director of the NYC-based Royal Family Productions. She was a Zelda Fichandler Award finalist, and was awarded the NETC Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre. Her directing work has been a critic’s pick in Time Out New York and New York Magazine. more(Director) is the artistic director of the NYC-based Royal Family Productions. She was a Zelda Fichandler Award finalist, and was awarded the NETC Regional Award for Excellence in Theatre. Her directing work has been a critic’s pick in Time Out New York and New York Magazine.

Lelund Durond Thompson

Lelund Durond Thompson

(Actor 2) is an actor, acting coach, photographer, lyricist, writer, and director. He is also the founder of Lelund Durond Studios, a multi-media production company based in Los Angeles. After receiving his MFA at Case/Cleveland Play House, Lelund has gone on to perform at regional and international venues like more(Actor 2) is an actor, acting coach, photographer, lyricist, writer, and director. He is also the founder of Lelund Durond Studios, a multi-media production company based in Los Angeles. After receiving his MFA at Case/Cleveland Play House, Lelund has gone on to perform at regional and international venues like the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Sons d’Hiver Festival in Paris. Film acting credits include the Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect (MGM, 2021), where he also served as acting coach to Jennifer Hudson and Marlon Wayans. Additional acting clients include Diane Guerrero (Doom Patrol, HBO), Joivan Wade (Doom Patrol, HBO) and BAFTA Award Nominee/Sundance 2019 Directing Award Winner, Rhada Blank (The Forty Year Old Version, Netflix). Lelund has photographed artists from Ricky Martin to Sting, Daniel Radcliff to Danielle Brooks, Cynthia Erivo, Corey Hawkins, and many of New York and Hollywood’s most talented artists. His photography has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, People Magazine, GQ and Playbill. Lelund is currently in development on the musical WILDFLOWER (National Black Theatre/Apollo Theatre), and working with Marlon Wayans on the set of his new Netflix film. Lelund is proud to return to Cleveland Play House for the world-premiere of Light It Up!

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