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Red Bone and Black History

by: Helen Collier

As part of Transformations :the African American Writers' Alliance Play Festival

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Six-year old RedBone thinks he knows his history. But after talking to his teenage sister and her friend, he finds out there is more to his history than what he's learned on TV. This play takes a somewhat satirical look at the ways that the media shapes, informs, and misinforms culture, identity, race and racism.

Playwright: Helen Collier

Helen has never written a play and feels she must give credit to Merri Ann who believed in her ability to write plays as well as sci-fi.

Director: Valerie Curtis-Newton

Valerie is the Head of Directing at the University of Washington's School of Drama. Valerie alp serves as the Artistic Director for The Hansberry Project, an African American theatre lab. Se has worked with theaters across the country including: The Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, among others. She has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Grant for Directors, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation's Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Theatre Puget Sound's Gregory Fall Award for Sustained Achievement, Seattle Times' 13 Most Influential Citizens of the last decade, the Seattle Stranger Genius Award in Performance, and the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture.

Redbone: Chip Sherman

Chip is a Core Company member at ACT Theatre and is in the Acting Ensemble of the Seagull Project. They are also known around town as Isis in and out of the Drag Duo LuChi. Beloved roles include, Corduroy (Corduroy), Benvolio (Romeo and Juliet), Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), Bailey Jr. (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings), Rudy Clay (And In This Corner, Cassius Clay), and Alexander the Great (Alex and Aris). Thanks for supporting diverse theatre; the world needs it now more than ever!

Queenie: Wilysha Nicole Walton

Wilysha is an actor, writer, singer, and dancer living in Seattle, Washington. She has trained in various forms of acting and has written a number of monologues, short stories, 10-minute and one act plays, and poems, as well as group generative work. Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts in 2019, Wilysha has had the fortune of working with theatre companies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre and participating in local festivals like 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival, where she has been both and actor and writer.

Candice: Laurice Roberts

Laurice is honored to be uplifting Black voices and showcasing Black Joy with The Mahogany Project. Laurice's recent shows include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom), Macbeth (Hecate), and The Chinese Question (Nettie Craig Asberry).

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