By Kia Corthron
Directed by Michael John Garcés

Set Design – Narelle Sissons
Costume Design – Gabriel Berry
Light Design – Allen Lee Hughes
Sound Design – Robert Kaplowitz
Production Stage Management – Shelli Aderman

Cast (in alphabetical order):
Em……………...……Moe Moe Alston
Zekie………...…………….Rob Beitzel
Arnell, et al.........Caroline Stefanie Clay
Toddo’s Wife, et al.…..…….Romi Dias
Toddo, et al…….…........Royce Johnson
Mai…………….…………Mia Katigbak
Free, et al…….………...J. Kyle Manzay
Cole………….………..Chris McKinney
Boy 2, et al….…………..Andres Munar
Bebbie, et al…..April Yvette Thompson
Marmalade, et al……Colleen Werthman

New York Theatre Workshop

Facility Address:
79 East 4th Street. Located between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village.

All tickets, $55.00

Through an energetic young man named Cole and his battle to provide homes for those surviving a freezing winter on the streets, in Light Raise the Roof playwright Kia Corthron (the author of plays including Force Continuum and Breath, Boom) humanizes the pervasive and multifaceted social problem of homelessness. As Cole struggles against everything from police raids on homesteaders' settlements to the allure of substance abuse in order to fulfill his promise of shelter for his dispossessed friends Zekie, Bebbie, Arnell, Em, and Mai, Corthron goes beyond abstract numbers and trends, straight into the realm of human tragedy.

First preview, Friday, April 30, 2004; opening night, Thursday, May 20, 2004; final performance, Sunday, June 13, 2004

Performance schedule:
Tuesday - Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday, 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Saturday, May 1, no 2:00pm performance
Sunday, May 2, no 2:00pm performance
Tuesday, May 11, special 7:30pm curtain
Sunday, May 16, no 7:00pm performance
Monday, May 17, special 8:00pm performance
Thursday, May 20, 7:00pm curtain (opening night)
Friday, May 21, no performance

AfterWords (post-performance discussions):
Saturday, May 8, 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 11, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 15, 2:00pm

Running time:
Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

About the artists:
Kia Corthron was born in Cumberland, Maryland, and lives in Harlem, New York City. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG residency, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays grant, the Callaway Award, the New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, a Van Lier Fellowship, and was Delaware Theatre Company’s first Connections contest winner. She has developed work through the National Playwrights Conference, Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theater Projects, A Contemporary Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company’s Genesis Festival, The Public Theater’s New Work Now! Festival, the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat, Voice and Vision, Hedgebrook writers retreat, the Circle Rep Lab and elsewhere. Kia is the author of plays including Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), Breath, Boom (Playwrights Horizons), and Seeking the Genesis (Manhattan Theatre Club).

Michael John Garcés’ directing credits include Snapshot Silhouette (The Children’s Theatre), Force Continuum (Atlantic Theatre Company), and Breath, Boom (Yale Repertory Theatre and Huntington Theatre) by Kia Corthron; The Cook (INTAR) and Havana is Waiting (The Cherry Lane) by Eduardo Machado; Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright (Playwrights Horizons and Wooly Mammoth); Finer Noble Gases by Adam Rapp (Actors Theatre of Louisville – Humana Festival). He has written plays including suits (Twilight Theatre Company), Acts of Mercy (Flush Puppy Productions, Chicago), customs (commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum; workshopped at INTAR), jitters and now and then (La Mama). now and then was recently published in the anthology “Positive/Negative” (Aunt Lute Books). His solo performance pieces include agua ardiente, which, as part of “Dreaming in Cuban”, received an Off-Broadway run at The American Place under the direction of Wynn Handman. Michael is a member of New Dramatists.

Light Raise the Roof is produced in association with AT&T:OnStage®, administered by Theatre Communications Group.


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