Begins November 3
In this stirring new play from the team of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), a truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at reclaiming their lives. Even as the shopâ€™s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich. Youâ€™ll want a seat at the table for this funny, moving, and urgent play. Itâ€™s an example of Nottageâ€™s â€śgenius for bringing politically charged themes to life by embodying them in ordinary characters living ordinary livesâ€ť (The Wall Street Journal).
Supported by Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and by Terry and Bob Lindsay, with additional support provided by American Express.World Premiere by the Guthrie Theater. Originally commissioned by Joe Dowling and produced by Joseph Haj, Artistic Directors.
recent credits include the opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel, an Opera (Lincoln Center Theater), Floydâ€™s (Guthrie), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic). Upcoming: MJ (Broadway). Plays include Mlimaâ€™s Tale, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, NY Drama Criticsâ€™ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NYDCC awards). TV: Writer/producer: She's Gotta Have It (Netflix). PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, Merit and Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, MacArthur â€śGenius Grantâ€ť Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Associate Professor at Columbia, and Member of the Dramatist Guild.
most recent directing credits include All the Natalie Portmans at MCC, Floydâ€™s at the Guthrie and Benjamin Brittenâ€™s Turn of the Screw at Mannes Opera. Broadway credits include Sweat at Studio 54, and The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway: Songs for a New World (Encores Off Center), The Cardinal,Â How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage),Â RuinedÂ (MTC),Â Her RequiemÂ (Lincoln CenterÂ Theater), Aubergine, FabulationÂ andÂ Inked BabyÂ (Playwrights Horizons) and The Piano Teacher (Vineyard), among others. Regional credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, the Goodman Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep., Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage and Arena Stage among others.Â Her opera direction has been seen at the Mannes Opera, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and Teatro Municipal in Brazil.Â
isâ€Żanâ€Żaward-winningâ€Żactress whose work spans television, film, and theatre.â€Żâ€ŻCurrently, Aduba can be seen in the critically acclaimed, EmmyÂ®-winning drama series, In Treatment, on HBO and HBO Max, and in the Amazon Studiosâ€™ anthology series, Solos. She is perhaps most recognized for herÂ role as Crazy Eyes on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, for which she won two Emmy Awards. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role. Her third Emmy Award win was for portrayingÂ Shirley Chisholm in the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America.Â
On stage, Aduba made her Broadway debut in Coram Boy in 2007, followed by the hit musical revival of Godspell in 2011. A graduate of Boston University School of Fine Arts, Aduba appeared at Bostonâ€™s Huntington Theatre and A.R.T. where she received the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress in a Play. She made her West End Theatre debut in Jean Genet's The Maids, directed by Jamie Lloyd and co-starring Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton. Aduba was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her work in the Kennedy Center/Olney Theater production of Translations of Xhosa. Other theater credits include Dessa Rose at the New Repertory Theatre, Turnado: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theater, and Abyssinia at the Goodspeed Theatre. Aduba also appeared in the NBC Live production of The Wiz, which also featured Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Amber Riley, and David Alan Grier.Â
Her film credits includeÂ American Pastoral (2016), Showing Roots (2016), My Little Pony: The Movie (2017), Candy Jar (2018) and Miss Virginia (2019).Â She recentlyÂ signed a multi-year producing deal with CBS Studios, andÂ will star in and executive produce a new drama series titled Low Country alongside Robert and Michelle King. She will soon begin production on Netflix's limited series Painkillers opposite Matthew Broderick.
RON CEPHAS JONES
is best known for his Emmy-winning, and three-time nominated, performance as William on the hit series, This is Us. Ron's other acclaimed television work includes starring opposite Octavia Spencer in Appleâ€™s thriller drama series, Truth Be Told.Â Ron can also be seen in Huluâ€™s Looking for Alaska; as the scene-stealing inspiration for Dolemite in the Netflix film opposite Eddie Murphy; and in Liseyâ€™s Story opposite Julianne Moore for Apple. His other powerful television work includes Luke Cage, Mr. Robot and The Get Down. Upcoming he will appear in the second season of Truth Be Told.
With Second Stage Theater, Ron has appeared in the acclaimed production of Between Riverside and Crazy at the Kiser and in WildflowerÂ at 2ST Uptown.Â His many other stage credits include Of Mice and Men (Broadway), Prometheus Bound (Getty Villa), Head of PassesÂ (Steppenwolf), Hurt Village, Two Trains RunningÂ (Signature); Titus Andronicus, SatellitesÂ (NYSF); AjaxÂ (ART); As You Like It, The TempestÂ (BAM/Old Vic London); The OverwhelmingÂ (Roundabout); The Wooden BreeksÂ (MCC); The Heart is a Lonely HunterÂ (Alliance); Richard IIIÂ (Public Theater, NY); The Exonerated; OthelloÂ (Royal Theatre, London); Our Lady of 121st Street; Jesus Hopped the A TrainÂ (LABryinth); Storefront ChurchÂ (Atlantic Theater).Â
Edmund Donovan last appeared as Joe in Greater Clements at Lincoln Center, a performance which garnered him a Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Award. Previous theater credits include: Lewiston/Clarkston (Drama Desk Nomination, Clive Barnes Award; Rattlestick), The Snow Geese (MTC/MCC), Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 (Ars Nova). Film/TV credits include: Glob Lessons, The Vizitant, Akron, â€śBetty,â€ť â€śHigh Fidelity,â€ť â€śHightown,â€ť â€śThe Blacklist,â€ť "Blue Bloods,â€ť â€śUnforgettable,â€ť â€śOrange is the New Black.â€ť Upcoming: â€śGossip Girlâ€ť (HBO Max). Edmund is a graduate of Boston University, LAMDA and Yale School of Drama
began his acting career as a child in Latin America, working with his mother as clowns. Broadway: Sweat (Studio 54). Off-Broadway: Richard II, Mobile Unitâ€™s The Tempest, Oedipus El Rey (Public Theater) My MaĂ±ana Comes (Lortel Award Nomination). He appeared regionally in the world premiere of Floydâ€™s by Lynn Nottage (Guthrie Theatre), Sweat (Arena Stage). His TV credits include: â€śThe Accidental Wolf,â€ť (Topic) â€śUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,â€ť â€śDaredevil,â€ť (Netflix) â€śThe Blacklist,â€ť â€śBelieve,â€ť â€śLaw & Orderâ€ť and â€śLaw & Order: Criminal Intentâ€ť (NBC), "Louie," (FX) "The Knick," (Cinemax). Rezaâ€™s film credits include: The Imperialists Are Still Alive, See Girl Run, The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz. Reza is also a musician who has performed in venues such as Joeâ€™s Pub at The Public Theater
making her Broadway debut, earned a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her starring role in the MCC Theater play, All The Natalie Portmans. Other theater credits include Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven, The New Englanders, Syncing Ink, and Pretty Hunger. On screen she starred in the winner of Sundance 2018â€™s Short Film Jury Awards US Fiction, Hair Wolf, and was featured on HBOâ€™s â€śRandom Acts of Flynessâ€ť as well as the Amazon feature, Chemical Hearts. Â
TAKESHI KATA (SCENIC DESIGN)
Broadway: Derren Brownâ€™s Secret. Recent Off Broadway: Man From Nebraska (Second Stage), Cambodian Rock Band (Signature), Office Hour (Public), Until the Flood (Rattlestick), Forever (NYTW), Gloria (Vineyard), Through a Glass Darkly (Atlantic), Regional: Alley, Berkeley Rep, Geffen, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Kirk Douglas, La Jolla, Taper, Old Globe, Steppenwolf, Williamstown, Yale Rep and more. Obie and Jeff awards. Drama Desk, Ovation, San Francisco Critics Circle, TBA and Barrymore award nominations. Kata is an Associate Professor at University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts.
JENNIFER MOELLER (COSTUME DESIGN)
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CHIRSTOPHER AKERLIND (LIGHTING DESIGN)
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JUSTIN ELLINGTON (SOUND DESIGN)
Justin Ellington is an award winning sound designer whose work has been featured on stages nationally and internationally on Broadway and off. Broadway credits include: Pass Over, Other Desert Cities. Off- Broadway theaters include: Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, ArsNova, New York Theatre Workshop, Signature Theater, Theatre for a New Audience and others. Additional theaters include: Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie, The Royal Shakespeare Company (UK), and The Old Vic (UK).
JUSTIN HICKS (ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS)
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COOKIE JORDAN (HAIR AND WIG DESIGN)
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GIGI BUFFINGTON (VOCAL COACH)
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