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MIRRORS

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Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility

By Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Produced by Parity Productions

NEXT DOOR at NYTW

February 29, 2020—March 22, 2020

Good Neighbor Program Directions Accessibility
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When 17-year-old Alma Jean finds her mother dead, she must pack up her life and move in with her mother’s ex-lover, a woman she doesn’t know. Her new guardian, Bird Wilson, is the town pariah and unused to sharing her home. Will mourning the death of a shared loved one bring Alma Jean and Bird together or push them further apart? Set in the sleepy Mississippi town of Etheridge in the summer of 1960, MIRRORS depicts the lives of three African-American women bound by love and loss and family, and the secrets of their shared past.

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NEWS

  • Louise Sterling

    JOYIA D. BRADLEY (she/her) is happy to join the cast of Mirrors again. Recently, she finished production on Son (feature), EBP’s workshop production of &Cressidye based on Chaucer’s Troilus and Cressida (Pandarus) and Sextant Productions The Potemkin Play (Interrogation Officer). She is gearing up for her first directorial feature, Rex Unplugged, based on Oedipus Rex.

  • Bird Wilson

    SUZANNE DARRELL (she/her) is a later in life MFA actor graduate from Pace University and a classically trained Contralto. She is thrilled to be working on Mirrors with the Parity Productions team. Her stage credits include Katori Hall’s Children of Killers (Mama), Finding Home (Nattie) at the Billie Holiday, and the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours in Harlem C3’s – Where the Sun Don’t Shine, inspired by A Raisin in the Sun (Mother). A native of Bermuda, she dedicates this performance to her daughter, Cedar. SuzanneDarrell.com

  • Ray Johnson

    ANTHONY GOSS (he/him) is from Boston, Massachusetts. He studied acting at the Stella Adler studio of acting and Susan Batson studios in New York. He has appeared in productions throughout New York City and currently tours with the hit Off-Broadway play Black Angels Over Tuskegee. He looks forward to this next journey with Mirrors and is excited to be working with a wonderful cast and team! Follow him @antgoss for upcoming film/TV work.

  • Mabel Mosley

    ANJU HYPPOLITE (she/her) Next Door at NYTW: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Johnsons (Michael), Rent Party (Jenny), The Passage (Revolutionary/Runaway), Rebelliousness (Cherry Turn- er), Speechless (Deviser/Lila/Puppeteer). Select Regional: Intimate Apparel (Mayme, Arty Award nominee), To Kill a Mockingbird (Calpurnia, Arty Award recipient), Mama Won’t Fly (Essie/Aunt Ardale/Kiki, Shellie Award nominee), Penthesilea (Prothoe), The Color Purple (Olivia/Ensemble), Agamemnon (Cassandra), Fortinbras (Horatio). Hats off to this talented cast and crew! Let’s connect: @anjuhyppolite

  • Constance Jenkins

    NATALIE JACOBS (she/her) is a former Division 1 All-American athlete who hails from Virginia. After training at Studio Theatre in Washington DC, she relocated to New York City. She can be seen in various TV projects including the Emmy-nominated series Tough Love, and the current ABC drama series For Life. She is thankful to be a part of Mirrors with teammates who she now considers friends. Follow her artistic journey on IMDB and her life outside the arts on @Natty.Jae on Instagram.

  • Anabelle “Belle” Pierson

    KAYLAND JORDAN (she/her) is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at Pace University School of Performing Arts. Her most recent onscreen credits are Emergence (ABC) and Betty (HBO). Some of her previous stage credits include poetic play For Colored Girls When The Rainbow is Enuf at The People’s Forum and award-winning original play Fancy Maids produced by Ken Davenport’s Rave Festival.

  • Alma Jean Pierson

    ASHLEY NOEL JONES (she/her) is an actor/musician and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School. FILM: Anomaly; Storm Before The Quiet; Grammy-nominated James Bay’s album/short film Electric Light; Limetown, Season 2. THEATER: The Public, A.R.T/ NY, Williamstown, Corkscrew Festival, NOLA Project. MUSIC: Mercury Lounge, World Cafe Live, Rockwood, featured by Instagram, AirBNB, Hilton Hotels. Social media: @noelashley

Azure D. Osborne-Lee / Playwright

AZURE D. OSBORNE-LEE (he/him, they/them) is an alumnus of Trans Lab, which is supported by The Public Theater and WP Theater. Azure’s work has been produced and/or developed by Trans Lab, Parity Productions, The Tank, The Syndicate, The Flea Theater, BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BAM, JACK, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Fire This Time Festival, Horse Trade Theater Group, The Castillo Theatre, The New Ohio Theatre, National Black Theatre, Freedom Train Productions, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Lambda Literary, The Helix Queer Performance Group, and regionally. Winner of Downtown Urban Arts Festival’s 2018 Best Play Award and the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest. Azure is the 2018 winner of the Annual Parity Commission from Parity Productions.

Ludovica Villar-Hauser / Director

LUDOVICA VILLAR-HAUSER (she/her) Ludovica’s directorial accomplishments include the New York premiere of Otho Eskin’s Duet, the world premieres of Teresa Lotz’s She Calls Me Firefly and 2017 Commission Winner Mêlisa Annis’s Charlie’s Waiting, the Off-Broadway world premiere and West End premiere of Gregory Murphy’s The Countess (634 Off-Broadway performances), Philip Ridley’s Leaves of Glass, and Laura Pedersen’s For Heaven’s Sake!, among many other critically-acclaimed productions. Ludovica was the youngest woman ever to simultaneously produce and direct in London’s West End. In the New York theatre industry, she was also one of the few women to own and operate her own theatre for 17 years — The Greenwich Street Theatre. She served on the Board of the League of Professional Theatre Women from 2009-2018 and is currently the Producer of its Oral History Project at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Miriam Nilofa Crowe / Lighting Designer

MIRIAM NILOFA CROWE (she/her) recently designed the world premieres of Teenage Dick (Ma Yi + The Public), and Kennedy (St. Clements Church). Other recent productions include, in DC, The Children (Studio Theatre) and, in New York, Charlie’s Waiting (Parity Productions), Hurricane Party (The Collective NY), SeagullMachine, and home/sick (The Assembly). She is a founding member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, has an MFA from Yale, and is an adjunct at NYU Tisch Drama.

Sabrina Bianca Guillaume / Costume Designer

SABRINA BIANCA GUILLAUME (she/her) is a Brooklyn native, freelance costume designer for dance, theatre, and all dress up affairs. She received her MFA in Design & Technical Theater at Brooklyn College (2017). Selected works include: Black Exhibition (The Bushwick Starr), Big Green Theater (The Bushwick Starr), Venus (Waterwell Productions), The Drama League Directorfest 2019 (New Ohio), Design Wing of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Cute Activist (The Bushwick Starr), Ducklings (JACK). SabrinaBianca.com

Jamie Nicole Larson / Set Designer

JAMIE NICOLE LARSON (she/her) is a 2nd generation queer femme designer, activist, and educator who specializes in scenic and costume design as well as social justice education surrounding queer families. An alumnus of NYU Tisch’s Prod. & Design BFA program, her recent designs include You Wouldn’t Expect (American Bard Theater Company), Mirrors (Downtown Urban Arts Festival), Glass (Roots and River Productions), Delirium’s Daughters (Theatre Row, Studio), and The Fire This Time Festival’s 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Germán Martínez / Associate Sound Designer

GERMÁN MARTÍNEZ (he/him) is a NYC based Sound Designer and Audio Engineer. Some of his work includes involvement in: Fiddler On The Roof [In Yiddish] (Stage 42), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (The Signature Theatre), MAC BETH (Lucille Lortel and Hunter College). He would like to thank Twi for trusting him with this project. Keep up with his work on Instagram: GermanTheSoundDesigner.

Twi McCallum / Sound Designer

TWI MCCALLUM (all pronouns) is a Black + femme + queer sound designer raised in beloved Baltimore, MD living in New York. When not working, she loves reading urban fiction novels and watching Food Network. Each production is exhilarating to design, because every opportunity is a dream come true. Website: www. twibackstage.me. Instagram: @i.work.backstage. “Planted but not buried.” ~Pastor Michael Todd.