Dates, time, and title are subject to change.
About the show
Guest artist Gary Anderson, a 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow and Artistic Director of Detroit’s Plowshares Theatre Company, directs the premiere work of acclaimed playwright, Garlia Cornelia. Pingree’s Past is a brand new play set in contemporary Detroit.
In Garlia Cornelia’s own words
Pingree’s Past is the working title of this new play that I wrote during my two-week residency at Popps Packing in Hamtramck, MI during the summer of 2018. I’m a Detroit native and have been spending more and more time there over the last two years, taking in what has been going on with the city’s re-growth, who is responsible and who gains the most from the new developments in the city. During the summer of 2017, I wrote an essay that appeared on www.salon.com.
The new story of Detroit is living within me and while I had a different play mapped out to write during the Popps Packing residency, what became “Pingree’s Past” flowed out of me. I had one reading of the play at the end of the two-week residency and another reading of the play on September 21st. Through development, I hope to dive deeper into the story and the familial relationship and financial struggles that are at the core of the work.
Cast & Creative Team
Devon Currie is thrilled to be at Wayne State University and in Detroit. Devon has been a freelance Stage Manager for ten years in North Carolina and has worked with community, regional, and puppet theatres in her home state. Devon is a first-year MFA candidate in Stage Management.
Gary Anderson is Producing Artistic Director of Plowshares Theatre Company. A 2016 Kresge Artist Fellow, he is a noted expert in Black Theatre. Among his awards are: Alain Locke Cultural Arts Award from The Friends of African and African American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts; the 2002 Michiganian of the Year Award from The Detroit News; and The Lawrence DeVine Award for Outstanding Contribution from The Detroit Free Press. Anderson has served on the board of the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, CultureSource, Black Theatre Network, Theatre Communications Group) and the National Conference on African American Theatre.
Morgan Listenbee is very excited to be involved in theatre again! She misses it more than anything! Instead of performing, she will be directing for the first time in Company Fresh! She wants to thank her amazing cast for their constant hard work, Brandon Wright for writing this outstanding piece and giving the cast their individual voices, X. Alexander Durden for being an awesome guide throughout this entire process for her, and for everyone who has been with her every step of the way. She hopes you enjoy each and every group’s performance. You definitely don’t want to miss Company Fresh.
Nick Easterling is incredibly grateful and excited to have the opportunity to take part in this play during a time where performing has been made so difficult. His past credits include Darry in The Outsiders, Athos in The Three Musketeers, Bernardo in West Side Story and Ram in Wayne State's production of Heathers the Musical. He hopes you enjoy the show and never vote for anyone who sounds remotely like Braden.
Sally is excited to join the Hilberry Company for a third and final year. Recent credits include The Winter's Tale (WSU), Heathers the Musical (WSU), and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Detroit Public Theatre). She would like to thank her family, friends, and Georgia for their constant support and love.
Taurean Hogan is a graduate of Wayne State University with his B.A. in Theater and studied at NIDA in Sydney, Australia. He has been seen on the Bonstelle stage in Hairspray, The Full Monty, Ragtime, To Kill A Mockingbird, Zora Is My Name, Pippin, and Black Nativity just to name a few. He has also performed at Detroit's own Music Hall in Ain’t Misbehavin and has performed with The Milwaukee Repertory Theater in A Christmas Carol and The Color Purple. He was also seen in Mitch Albom’s Hockey: The Musical at the City Theater, Ruined with Plowshares Theater, and was last seen in Dreamgirls and Broke-ology with the DATC.
Tori Rose is a fourth-year BFA Actor in the Theatre and Dance Department. Her favorite past credits include Tigs in Xtigone, and Veronica Sawyer in Heathers the Musical. Future roles and productions include Company Fresh (Director) and the department Senior Showcase.
Tylar Hinton is a 3rd-year MFA Costume Design Candidate at Wayne State University. She has earned a BA in Theatre Arts, from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her previous costume design credits at Wayne State include: The Winter’s Tale, Sweat, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Tylar would like to thank her loving family, friends, and mentors who have supported her on this journey!
Bachelor of Social Work, Senior
Viola Davis, (Production Assistant, Pingree's Past) is excited to be a part of this Theatre and Dance at Wayne. Favorite credits include, Troy in Fences, and Walter Lee Younger, in A Raisin in the Sun. Viola Davis is a senior receiving her Bachelor of Social Work in the school of Social Work and a Minor in Africana Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University.