“New York stage treasure Deirdre O’Connell gives a heartbreaking and brilliant performance.” –The New York Times
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Engaging, disturbing, humorous…the most emotional ride we’ve taken…” Opplaud.com
“Deirdre O’Connell’s performance will leave you speechless…TERMINUS is exactly what this country needs right now.” YesBroadway.com
“…a masterful work of great power and beauty.” Broadwayworld.com
Monk Parrots in association with Liz and Jon Weiswasser are proud to present the second production and NYC premiere of TERMINUS by NYTW Usual Suspect Gabriel Jason Dean (Princeton Hodder Fellow, Dramatist’s Guild Fellow, Broadway Blacklist), directed by Lucie Tiberghien (The Other Thing, Don’t Go Gentle, Soldier X, Hoodoo Love) and starring Obie and Drama Desk Winner, Deirdre O’Connell.
TERMINUS tells the story of Eller–a progressive white matriarch–and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together down by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller’s mind begins to fade, her violent past in the segregated South haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward a horrifying truth, Jaybo’s capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test.
In a lyrical style that blends psychological realism with expressionism, TERMINUS is a family drama that metaphorically asks how are white Americans haunted by and continually complicit in the sustained trauma against black Americans.
Stage work includes: Fullfillment Center (MTC); Cavedweller and Love and Anger (NYTW); Judy (New Ohio Theatre); Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout); By the Water (Lortel nomination, MTC); The Way West (The LAByrinth Theater Company production directed by Mimi O’Donnell and The Steppenwolf Theatre production directed by Amy Morton); Scarcity (part of The Hill Town Plays series) and Rag and Bone (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); A Family for All Occasions (directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Thinner Than Water (Labyrinth Theater Company, of which she is a proud member); The Vandal (The Flea Theater); Magic/Bird (Longacre Theatre); Circle Mirror Transformation (Obie and Drama Desk Awards, Playwrights Horizons); In the Wake (Los Angeles Ovation Award, The Richard Seff Actor’s Equity Award, Lucille Lortel nomination; The Public Theater and Mark Taper Forum); In the Blood, The Poor Itch, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (The Public Theater); Pyretown (Keen Company); Manic Flight Reaction, Spatter Pattern, Moe’s Lucky Seven (Playwrights Horizons); End Days (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Looking for the Pony (Vital Theatre Company); Cave Dweller, Love and Anger (Drama Desk nomination, NYTW); Big Dance Theater’s Antigone (Classic Stage Company); Two Headed (Women’s Project Theater); Fugue (directed by Judith Ivey at Cherry Lane Theatre); Mud (Signature Theatre Company); The Geography of Luck, Three Ways Home, Stars in the Morning (Dramalogue Award, Los Angeles Critics Award), Etta Jenks (Dramalogue Award, Los Angeles Theatre Center); The Front Page (Lincoln Center Theater); A Lie of the Mind (Promenade Theater) and all of the major plays by Anton Chekov at Chekov at Lake Lucille. Film credits include: The Boy Downstairs (Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Selection), Diane, Lez Bomb, Before/During/After, In the Radiant City (Toronto Film Festival 2016 Selection), St. Vincent, Gabriel (Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Selection), The Quitter, Synecdoche, NY, What Happens in Vegas, Imaginary Heroes, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Secondhand Lions, Fearless and Pastime (Independent Spirit Award, Best Supporting Actress nomination). Recent Television credits include: 2 Seasons of “The Path” (Hulu), the upcoming “Friends From College” (Netflix), recurring roles on “The Affair” and “Nurse Jackie.” Deirdre has an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance and is the recipient of a Lilly Award.
Reynaldo Piniella has been seen Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre Company and Theatre for A New Audience, regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and internationally with the Sundance Theater Lab. Film credits include Broken City, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Madeline’s Madeline (2018 Sundance Film Festival). His TV credits include “Sneaky Pete” (recurring), “Law & Order: SVU,” and “The Carrie Diaries.” Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @Reynaldorey. www.reynaldopiniella.com
National tour: War Horse (North America & Japan). Off-Broadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center), A Particle of Dread (Signature Theatre), The Preacher and the Shrink (The Beckett at Theatre Row). NYC: Of Orient Are (The Representatives); American Jornalero (Working Theatre); Richard II (Sonnet Rep). Regional: Queens for a Year (Hartford Stage); Blueprints to Freedom (La Jolla Playhouse/ Kansas City Rep); Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III (Denver Center); Amber Waves (Indiana Rep); Three Musketeers, Macbeth, Hamlet (Colorado Shakes). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “Shades of Blue,” “The Following,” “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “White Collar,” “Six Feet Under,” “Cold Case,” “The Utopian Society.” Education: MFA, National Theatre Conservatory; BA, University of Kansas.
A Christmas Carol, Queens for a Year (Hartford Stage Co); Gross Domestic Product, Jimmy & Lorraine (HartBeat Ensemble); Romeo and Juliet (Capital Classics Theatre); Freedom in 3 Acts (Bated Breath Theatre Co.); Higgins in Harlem, Theatre Uncut Festival 2013 & 2012 (Playhouse on Park); Khalas (Collective Consciousness Theatre). 2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award – Outstanding Actress in a Play, California Institute of the Arts – MFA, acting.
Jessie Dean is a classically trained actor and theatre maker originally from Atlanta, Georgia currently at work on her first novel, Inventing Vida. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Monk Parrots in New York and has co-written a play, Our New Town, with the Brooklyn-based group The Civilians. Currently, she is at work on a new book and two new television pilots. Her television pilot, “We Belong,” was a finalist for the Humanitas New Voices Award. Recent NYC credits: Bum: An All-American Opera (La Mama); After an Earlier Incident (La Mama); Welcome to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (59E59). She has developed new plays as an actor with New York Theatre Workshop, PlayPenn, New Georges, The Kennedy Center and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Shaun Patrick Tubbs is an actor and director. Recent credits include My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Company), The Tempest (Eureka Suitcase), Chosen (HERE Arts Center), The Book of Grace (Zach Scott Theatre), Crossing America (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Lobby Hero (Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara), Boys Next Door (Whitmore Lindley Theatre), and Jitney (Human Race Theatre Company). He holds an MFA (UT Austin) and a BFA (Wright State University). Member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. www.shaunpatricktubbs.com
Luke Leonard is an artist whose work spans the performing and visual arts. He is Co-Artistic Director of Monk Parrots. Recent acting credits include Kirk Lynn’s new solo piece, The Cold Record (Dixon Place). Luke is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
Clementine Belber is excited to make her Off-Broadway debut in TERMINUS. She is an 8th grade student at the International School of Brooklyn, has been studying piano and voice with Dallin Applebaum for 5 years and is a member of the Mark Morris Student Dance Company as well as the Jessica Lewis Arts Youth Dance Company.
Gabriel Jason Dean is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and Associate Artist with Monk Parrots. His plays include In Bloom (workshopped through NYTW Dartmouth Retreats 2012 & 2013, Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Award, Laurents / Hatcher Award Finalist, Princess Grace Award Runner Up); Terminus (Austin Critics Table Award, B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Drama and Original Script), Qualities of Starlight (Broadway Blacklist, Kesselring Nomination, B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Comedy and Original Script), Heartland (NNPN Smith Prize Runner Up) and others. He was most recently named a Finalist for the Humanitas Emerging TV Writer Award for his original pilot, “We Belong.” He is a recipient of the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, the Dramatist’s Guild Fellowship, an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and an alum of the Civilians R&D Group. His plays have been produced or developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, The Flea, Oregon Shakespeare, The Kennedy Center, Geva Theatre, PlayPenn, Interact, Stage Left, The VORTEX, Theatre , Aurora Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Actor’s Express, Source Festival and others. MFA: UT-Austin Michener Center for Writers. GabrielJasonDean.com.
Lucie Tiberghien, born in Switzerland and raised in France, is a director and translator. She is an Associate Artist with Monk Parrots and selected credits include: Off Broadway: The Other Thing by Emily Schwend (Second Stage, NY); Soldier X by Rehana Mirza (Ma-Yi Theater Company); Don’t Go Gentle by Stephen Belber (MCC); Blind and The Pavilion by Craig Wright (Rattlestick Theater Company ); Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall (Cherry Lane Theater); A Small Melodramatic Story and Geometry of Fire by Stephen Belber (LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick); Regional: Queens For A Year by TD Mitchell (Hartford Stage), Pen/Man/Ship by Christina Anderson (Portland Playhouse and CATF), The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Blueprints to Freedom by Michael Benjamin Washington (La Jolla Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep); Love in Afghanistan by Charles Randolph Wright (Arena Stage, DC); The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (Milwaukee Rep); Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Arden Theater); Blood and Gifts by JT Rogers (La Jolla Playhouse); Great Falls by Lee Blessing (Humana Festival). Translations into English: Juste La Fin Du Monde (Only the end of the World) by Jean Luc Lagarce produced in New York by Company Charnière. Translations into French, Match (Grand Ecart) by Stephen Belber, produced in Paris at Le Théâtre de la Madeleine, Disgraced (Déshonneur), by Ayad Akhtar to be directed by Lucie Tiberghien in Paris in 2018. Upcoming: DAYBREAK, at PanAsian Repertory Theater. Education: Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, BA in International Studies. LucieTiberghien.com.
Monk Parrots is a seven-year-old ensemble of performing and visual artists who create concept driven live work through multidisciplinary collaboration ranging from the experimental to the scripted both musically inspired and inspired by the events of the world. Luke Leonard (founding Co-Artistic Director) and Jessica Dean (Co-Artistic Director) aim to cultivate new audiences for new forms, provide opportunities for artists, and forge uncommon unions that enrich our practice and broaden our relationships with professional artists and community members.
D’Vaughn Agu is a New York based designer for stage and film. He’s excited for his first production with Monk Parrots and to be collaborating with director Lucie Tiberghien and the rest of the production team. His previous work has been seen at the Connelly Theatre, Camino Real; NYTW’s Fourth Street Theatre, Lone Star Spirits; TheatreLab, Remains; and HEREArts, The Black History Museum According to the United States. D’Vaughn received his MFA in design from NYU|Tisch. www.dvaughnagu.com
Ari Fulton is a New York based costume designer for stage and film. Ms. Fulton has an MFA in Design for Stage and Film from New York University. Theater design credits include: Children From Plant Earth… (Playwrights Realm), Skeleton Crew (Huntington Theatre), Alligator (The Sol Project), We are Proud to Present… (Yale Drama), Late Wedding (Columbia University), Sweet (National Black Theater), but I could only whisper (The Flea Theatre), The Locust has no King (Intar Theatre), Force Continuum (Fordham University), R/evolution (New York University), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (New York University), Wake (Columbia University), Meantime (New York University), The Widow of Tom’s Hill (59 East 59), The Seagull, (Columbia University). Film Credits include: Nigerian Prince (Tribeca Film Festival), Black Girl in Paris (HBO Special Selection). www.arifulton.com
NYC design credits include East in Red (Dark House Theater); Primary (Sanguine Theatre Company); Lost Luggage and Stomping Grounds (Thaw Pavilion, Glimmerglass); skinny crazy small (Theatrelab); Mauritius, Visions of Lilith and tick, tick…BOOM! (The Artist’s Sandbox); Fen (Red Garnet Theatre Company); The Queensboro Dance Festival 2015 and GIG with Jenna Nicholls. Other design: Life.Cycle (Eclectic Theatre, Seattle) and The Little Mermaid (Evansville Ballet). BFA: University of Evansville. www.sstolnack.com
Megan Culley is a New York based Sound Designer and Composer. Her work has recently been heard in Inanimate (The Flea Theater), Pete Rex (Dreamscape Theatre), Grounded (Dobama Theatre in Cleveland), and Hedda (Bridge Production Group). www.meganculley.com
Paul Brill has received three Emmy Award nominations for his film scores and recently won the first-ever Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association. He collaborated with rock legends U2 on the HBO film, Burma Soldier, composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” His recent work includes the hit documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (IFC), the Emmy Award-winning Page One: Inside the NY Times (Magnolia), the Sundance Festival winning films, Gideon’s Army, Trapped, and Love Free or Die, and the Emmy, DuPont and Peabody Award-winning, 6-hour PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, with noted historian Henry Louis Gates and additional musical contributions from Wynton Marsalis. Selections of his recent compositions will be performed and featured by Phoenix Chamber Music Society this coming March, 2018. www.paulbrill.com
Alex is originally from Houston, Texas where he was the Company Management Associate at Theatre Under the Stars. Alex’s previous management work included shows in St. Louis, D.C., NYC, and Houston.
Gabrielle Randle is a graduate student, director, and dramaturg currently based in Chicago. She has a BA in Drama from Stanford University and an MA in Performance as Public Practice from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked across the United States including Off-Broadway and internationally on three continents. In Chicago she has worked with Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, Oracle Theatre and Court Theatre. She is a second year PhD student at Northwestern in The Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama.