Dates, time, and title are subject to change.
Believe in Play
THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Fool Me Once: The Great Trickster Championship
June 26, 2021
July 3, 2021
Appropriate for ages 4 – 10
15-20 minute episodes
About the show
There is a great drought and the entire world is very worried. There’s a legend that there is still water on top of Prankster Mountain, but a grumpy god named Shango protects it and will only let the wittiest and cleverest pass. So, six of the world’s greatest tricksters climb Prankster Mountain to bring back water for their villages.
Juan Pusong from the Philippines, Loki from Norway, Eshu from Nigeria, Kuma Lisa from Bulgaria, Nanabozho from Michigamme, and Anansi from Ghana all come to climb prankster mountain but when they run into Shango he whisks them all away to participate in a competition to prove which of them is worthy of his water. Let the Great Trickster Championship commence!
We are committed to making this TYA experience as accessible as possible. We are providing subtitles and ASL interpretations in each episode. We will also be providing an indicator for when a loud sound will occur to help be more sensory-friendly.
Click here to download a PDF to learn more about accessibility for internet, ASL, and our sensory-friendly efforts.
Our vaccinated and masked cast learns to create shadow puppets!
Cast & Creative Team
Adam is a second-year MFA acting student originally from the Upper Peninsula. Previously living and working in Cleveland, he has previous experience working with Great Lakes Theater teaching and performing Shakespeare in the northeast Ohio area schools as well as working with Talespinner Children’s Theater.
Alexis is a second-year MFA acting student and budding music producer. She is very excited to be a part of this original and vibrant piece of work and sharing what she has learned so far with audiences.
Andrew is an alumnus of Augustana University from South Dakota with BAs in Theatre, Media, and Communications. This fall he will enter his second year, working towards his MFA in Lighting Design. Andrew is very excited to put his creative research background to practice in this newly devised piece.
Cat is an alumnus of Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in Performing Arts concentrating in Technical Theatre. This fall, she will be entering her second year as a graduate student at Wayne State University, working towards an MFA in lighting design. This is her debut as a sound designer and she is very excited to be a part of a wonderful and heartfelt piece of devised theatre.
Devon is a Theatre and Dance at Wayne staff member, writer, and musician. Originally from Detroit he studied Music at Florida A&M University and received his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University. He served as a sound designer for Theatre & Dance at Wayne’s productions of The Colored Museum and Xtigone, and wrote the play Each in its Own Way.
Marketing & Administration
Emily is a second-year Theatre Management MFA candidate at Wayne State University. She holds a BS in Advertising Management and minors in Arts and Cultural Management and Musical Theatre from Michigan State University. She’s still a kid at heart, and she is excited to bring her passion for children’s theatre to this project!
Jessica is a second–year MFA actor and creator. She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She is grateful to be working with this wonderful ensemble to create and perform this delightful new work!
Marketing & Administration
Kymberli is thrilled to be joining the TYA Summer team in marketing. She has a background in stage management and theatre education. Kymberli is a second-year Theatre Management MFA Candidate and has a B.A. from University of California, Irvine. Her favorite TYA experiences include Schoolhouse Rock Live! (MainStreet Theatre), Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans (New Village Arts), and A Wrinkle in Time (Phantom Projects Theatre Group).
LaRaisha is a second-year MFA acting candidate in the Theatre & Dance department at Wayne State. A professional actress, singer, writer, and arts administrator from Wilmington, North Carolina; she graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theater in 2008. She has performed in several professional theatrical performances, including a double-award-winning turn as the Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in Wilmington, NC. Past credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night (Wayne State), Herself in Unveiling the Mask (Wayne State), The Proprietor in Assassins, Whatsername in American Idiot, Cathy in The Last 5 Years, Fastrada in Pippin, and Pennywise in Urinetown. She believes in the power of storytelling to heal and connect us deeper to our shared humanity.
Mike is a second-year year MFA student in Scenic Design. Mike graduated from Wayne State in the previous millennium and comes to the MFA program down a road less traveled. He is happy to get back at it after this difficult year and looking forward to the future.
Morgan is a fourth-year BFA Theatre Major (Acting) here at Wayne State University! Some of her credits include: Venus (U/S Venus & Ensemble); Reckless (Pooty); Pingree’s Past (Margaret). Thank you so much to the entire cast/creative team for making this amazing project possible and to her family and friends for the constant, loving support!
Morgan is a second-year MFA Stage Management program at Wayne State. Some of her favorite stage management credits include The School for Lies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and The King’s Legacy and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily at Bristol Valley Theater. She wants to thank all involved for being so resilient and creative throughout this crazy process. Now it’s time to play!
Puppet and Mask Designer
Natalie is originally from Batchewana First Nation, Ontario, Canada, Natalie has always loved art. Art has been a relief, an escape, and a guiding force. Natalie studied in Indianapolis, Indiana where she received my B.F.A. in sculptural design. She is currently working on her Master of Education in Art Therapy. Natalie wants to inspire, support, and bring hope with her skills as an art therapist and artist.
Ryan is a second-year MFA acting candidate hailing all the way from Tampa, FL. Earning a B.A. in Theatre from the University of South Florida, his previous credits include being the Artistic Director for ThinkTank Theatre, head writer for Some Sort Of Show!, as well as extensive work in the field of drama therapy.
Taurean 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.
X. Alexander Durden
X. Alexander is a second-year MFA actor, writer, and classical vocalist from Daytona Beach, FL. He holds degrees and additional training in Vocal Performance from Morehouse College and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Selected credits include Buffalo Soldier (Virginia Repertory Theatre), All American Boys (Off the Page Theatre), Red Hook Summer (dir. Spike Lee), and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Atlanta Opera Company). He feels incredibly honored to collaborate and share this project with such a stellar band of creators. www.XAlexanderDurden.com