MAHOGANY BROWN

and the Case of the Disappearing Kid

Written by Gina Femia

Directed by Janelle Zapata Castellano

Stage Manager: Cordelia Senie

Asst. Stage Manager: Camille Manley

Set Design by Jak Prince

Lighting Design by Miranda Poett

Original Sound & Music by Jacob Subotnick

Makeup & Costumes by Laura Mae Baker

Props Master: Sophie Costanzi

Movement Coach: Rachel Weekley

Production Manager: Ashley Rogers

Co-Producer: Benjamin-Ernest Abraham

Lead Producer: Jazmyn Arroyo

PR: Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment

Alisha Espinosa *
as
MAHOGANY BROWN

Xavier Rodney
as JIMMY JONES

Lara Fox
as SUNSHINE

Rachel Weekley  &  Sylas Barrett
as
THE NAMELESS

* Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

This workshop production is an Equity Approved Showcase.

ALISHA ESPINOSA (MAHOGANY BROWN)

Alisha Espinosa is an Afro-Boricua actor and writer living in Harlem. Recent acting credits: Petrified (New Circle), Shakesbeer (NYSX), American Tales (Stage One), Hamlet (Kentucky Shakespeare), Shakespeare: The Remix (Capital Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (Kentucky Shakespeare). Most recently, she had a reading with the Primary Stages Infinite Stories series. She will present a workshop reading of her new play Prisoner Tongues through the Drama League’s First Stage Artist Residency Program in August. She has collaborated with the New York Shakespeare Exchange in their inaugural Diversity Cohort, which culminated in a festival of new short plays. Her short play friable was a finalist for the Heideman award in 2017, she was a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival in 2018 and the 2019 Eugene O'Neill NPC. @la.espi

LARA FOX (SUNSHINE, "MOM" NAMELESS)

Lara Fox thanks Jazmyn, Janelle, and Gina for including her in this brilliant piece. Lara is an actor-singer-dancer who has performed all over New England, Washington state, NYC and abroad in Scotland. Off-Off Broadway: Generation (Laz)Y, Polybius, Heaven and Earth, Every 28 Hours, Illustrated Christmas Sweater, Queen of Everything. Regional Theater: Midsummer Night's Fantasy, A Funny Thing...Forum, The Grimaldis, 10 Days to Happiness, Santa's First Magical Ride, The Merry Widow, Magic Flute, Carmen, Laramie Project, Wit, Romeo and Juliet. TV: Evil Lives Here, Deadline Crime With Tamron Hall, ​On the Case With Paula Zahn, Grave Mysteries, The Perfect Murder, Ministry of Evil, Killer Unknown. You can hear Lara sing monthly in the Friends of NAAP cabaret night series at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia. www.larafox.com

RACHEL WEEKLEY ("KID" NAMELESS)

Rachel Weekley is an NYC actor. They graduated with a BFA in Performance from Ohio University and has been acting up here ever since. Rachel Weekley was a company member with The American Mime Theater from 2014-2018 and has been performing in the city ever since. Most recently they have performed with SCOWL ( London Jack) at "Pride Plays", and Honest Accomplice Theater's "Engineers Not Found" (Charlie). You can see more of their work at www.rachelweekley.com. Many thanks and lots of love to all those who support them.

SYLAS BARRETT ("DAD" NAMELESS)

Sylas Barrett is a proud trans actor and has appeared in numerous performances in the NYC area, including the 2018 Hudson Warehouse Valentine's Day Monologue Festival and "Generation (Laz)Y" here at the Tank. He also played the Professor in "Oddity" at the 2017 Trans Theater Fest and is a member of the queer-focused stage combat storytelling experience, SCOWL. He is also a fiction writer and pop culture critic.

XAVIER RODNEY (JIMMY JONES)

Xavier Rodney was home grown and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He first started acting as a last minute replacement lead in a kindergarten performance. Since then he has striven to hone and perfect the craft, linking the two synchronously. He enjoys film-making, comedy and all things awesome. Special Skills: Jack of All Trades

GINA FEMIA (PLAYWRIGHT)

Gina Femia has written 32 full-length plays which have been developed/produced by Page 73, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New Georges, Powerhouse, Theatre of NOTE, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Project Y, among others. She is a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, 2019 Writer-in-Residence with Spicy Witch Productions, and a current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73. She’s an alum of EST Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab and New Georges’ Audrey Residency. Her play, ALLOND(R)A is included on the 2019 Kilroys List. Winner: Leah Ryan Prize and Doric Wilson Award. Find out more: www.femiagina.com.

JANELLE ZAPATA CASTELLANO (DIRECTOR)

Janelle is a producer and director from New Jersey. Her passions lie in creating platforms for underserved artists to present their work, which lead toward her co-Founding of Step1 Theatre Project. She seeks to tell honest stories that are not traditionally told, and wants to help create a world where art creation is accessible to all. She's thankful for the opportunity to work toward the goal of fostering a community of artists, where the objective is to grow together.

CORDELIA SENIE (STAGE MANAGER)

Cordelia is newly returned from Paris, France, where she spent six years working in theatre and studying art history. Since returning, she stage managed a workshop of BLACKOUT by Shann Smith, performed at the Playroom Theater in New York City. She then joined Death of Classical in June as the stage manager for The Angel’s Share 2019, performed in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Last summer, she assisted PH Masks in their production of Interview at the 2018 Festival d’Avignon, directed by Thierry Harcourt, and joined the Paris Fringe team as Technical Director. Additional credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tapis Théâtre, Paris), Jubilee (Paris Fringe), Pimm’s Mission (59E59 Theaters, NYC), Flow dir. Roi Escudero (Planet Connections, NYC), Playwrights For a Cause (Planet Connections, NYC), and Gonzo dir. Peter Vickers (Paris Fringe). Cordelia is thrilled to be joining the Step1 team to help bring Mahogany Brown to life!

CAMILLE  MANLEY (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER)

Credits include: Quinnipiac University: No Exit (Technical Director), Seven Minutes In Heaven (Assistant Stage Manager), New Play Festival: Special Delivery (Stage Manager). Ramapo High School: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Production Manager/Technical Director), West Side Story (Production Manager), I Hate Hamlet (Assistant Stage Manager), Secret Garden (Assistant Stage Manager), Night Watch (Stage Manager), A Funny Thing That Happened On the Way to The Forum (Stage Manager), Sylvia (Stage Manager), Sister Act (Stage Manager). Education: Quinnipiac University, Law and Theatre Major.

JACOB SUBOTNICK  (SOUND DESIGNER)

Jacob is an NYC based composer and sound designer who has designed over 125 Off and Off-Off Broadway productions. Selected NYC Theater: The Elephant Man (Nominated: Outstanding Original Music NYITA 218); The Ballad of Rodrigo (Nominated: Outstanding Original Music NYITA 2015); Virus Attacks Heart (Nominated: Outstanding Sound Design PCTF 2014); Tulpa or Anne and Me (Winner: Outstanding Sound Design PCTF 2011) www.jacobsubotnick.com

LAURA MAE BAKER  (MAKEUP & COSTUME DESIGNER)

Laura Mae is a licensed cosmetologist and actor working in NYC. Shows she has designed include 'Interview: A New Musical' (Off-Broadway), 'Imaginary Friends' at Planet Connections Theater Festivity (won Best Costume Design), 'The Importance of Being Ernest' , 'Quest of the Hero' , and she was resident costume designer for Cupcake Lady Productions, doing shows 'Tech/Support' and Cupcake Lady Wrestling and more. Laura Mae is also an award winning director and actor. Follow her at @LovelyLaurasLocks (insta) and on Facebook at HairbyLauraMaeB. Love always to her husband Rich who is the most supportive and awesome human on Earth.

ASHLEY LAUREN ROGERS  (PRODUCTION MANAGER)

Ashley Lauren Rogers is an award winning writer and trans rights activist. She is a current writing fellow of the Trans Theatre Lab through WP Theatre and The Public, was recently the artist in residence at Middlesex County Vocational Technical School in East Brunswick NJ. She has a stage combat oriented, trans and queer focused, on-going story-telling show called SCOWL. Her play Oddity was presented as part of the Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick in August 2018. Her play Chasing the Ghost had a reading at Judson Arts Magic Time in June of 2017. Her play Becky’s Christmas Wish was performed at City Theatre Miami as part of their “Winter Shorts,” and was a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting contest as well as Minneapolis MN for The World Crime League’s F**ed Up Xmas short scene festival. Ashley performed her one-person show PASS/FAIL at Dixon Place Lounge, MITF, the Trans Theatre Festival at The Brick, and The University of Wisconsin. Her show The Illustrated Xmas Sweater was presented last winter with Step1 Theatre Project. She was invited to the two week summer playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Ashley has been featured on multiple panels about trans representation through Revry.TV, was featured on Fusion TV’s Peabody award nominated Sex.Right.Now, and as a part of Charlie’s story in the Showtime Documentary More Than T. Ashley has written for Cosmopolitan, The Mary Sue, SFWA, John Scalzi Blog. Ashley developed a workshop for writing for trans and non­binary narratives available on WritingTheOther.com. Ashley is the Producer/creator of the Is It Transphobic? Podcast.

BENJAMIN-ERNEST ABRAHAM  (PRODUCER)

Benjamin-Ernest Abraham (Producer) is a stage director and producer based in New York City. His work has been seen at the Cherry Lane Theater, The Barrow Group, the Workshop theater, The Tank, the Kraine Theater, and the Dixon Place. Recent directing/producing credits include: Wendell & Pan by Katelynn Kenney, Void by Katelynn Kenney (Director), The “My America” Plays (Producer), Glorious Virtue by Timothy French (Director), and A Crisis Called New York by Alisha Espinosa (Director). Ben is part of Step1 Theatre Project and The Skeleton Rep(resents).

JAZMYN ARROYO  (LEAD PRODUCER)

Jazmyn Arroyo is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of Step1 Theatre Project as well as a producer and performer who is passionate about the visibility and success of underrepresented voices in theatre. Jazmyn holds a BA from Rutgers-NJIT Theatre Program in Newark, NJ and has been involved in the NYC theatre community for ten years. During this time, she enjoyed performing in various productions as well as holding many different staff and volunteer positions for organizations like Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and The Tank. Although she enjoyed acting, she found a sense of urgency to assist and showcase underrepresented artists. She founded Step1 Theatre Project with the intention of not only producing work by underrepresented talent but assisting them with fully accessible resources and programs. She is determined to continue building an organization that can offer more tangible support and she is working every day towards realizing that vision. 

© 2019 by Step1 Theatre Project.
Step1 Theatre Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas and a proud member organization of the League of Independent Theatre and A.R.T./New York. 

 
 

© Step1 Theatre Project 2019

 

Step1 Theatre Project is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas. S1TP is a proud member of: A.R.T./New York, the League of Independent Theatre, and Materials for the Arts.

 

This season has been produced with help from A.R.T./New York's 2019 Nancy Quinn Fund.