Jacqueline E. Lawton (Playwright) is a playwright, dramaturg, producer, and advocate for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the American Theatre. Her produced plays include: Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; The Hampton Years; Intelligence; Mad Breed; and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Her work has been developed and presented at the following venues: Classical Theater of Harlem, Folger Shakespeare Library, the Kennedy Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Rep Stage, Rorschach Theater Company, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Round House Theatre, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. Lawton has received commissions from Arena Stage, Adventure Theatre – Musical Theatre Center, National New Play Network, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American History, Round House Theatre, and Theater J. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and an alum of National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alum, Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena, and Center Stage’s Playwrights Collective. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a dramaturg for PlayMakers Repertory Company. She is also Dramatist Guild’s Regional Representative for North Carolina.
Language: English/With Russian Subtitles
by Jacqueline E. Lawton
Directed by Timothy Johnson
with Jade Wheeler
Virtual Media Design: Kiana Vincenty
Director of Virtual Media Design: Jared Mezzocchi
Production Manager: Brianna Rafidi
Timothy Johnson (Director) is a director, performer, playwright, and educator. He most recently directed the 2020 Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse production of Willis Richardson’s unsung gem-of-a play Compromise. For his New York City production of On Strivers Row he received an AUDELCO nomination for Best Direction of A Play, along with three additional nominations including Best Revival. The New York Times said in its review that “Timothy Johnson has shaped 16 striking performances here.” Additional credits include: Quick Silver Theater Company Playwrights of Color Summit directing Bear, Woman; Assistant Director for Cabin In The Sky, New York City Center Encores!, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director. Timothy is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. As an actor, his performance highlights include: Legends! starring Mary Martin and Carol Channing, REGINA at the Scottish Opera, A Chorus Line on Broadway and its National Tour, and The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson at the Melbourne International Arts Festival. He was a First-Place winner of the Baldwin-Wallace College Annual Concerto Competition as a flutist. His play, Listening to the Trees, was a Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist and a Quick Silver Theater Company Playwrights of Color Summit Semi-Finalist. He is currently an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College.
Jade Wheeler (Nico) is honored to be part of Flash Acts. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, she currently plays in Dear Winnie – the original collaborative piece by Jr.cE.sA.r, (Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg). Career highlights include the world premieres of: Debbie Allen’s Alex in Wonderland (John F. Kennedy Center TYA) and George Brant’s all-female Dark Room (Bridge Rep). Wheeler’s original show Who is Eartha Mae? received accolades including Best Cabaret (United Solo Fest) and a Best Solo nomination (Norton Awards). Her next piece, The Promised Boom: an anti-dream, explores her immigration and adjustment into Flemish society. www.jadewheeler.com