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Powers New Voices Festival - An Evening with the San Diego Black Artist Collective

January 23

General Admission

Photo Credits

(from left) Reanne Acasio, Carol Cabrera, and Alexandra Slade, Celebrating Community Voices at the Powers New Voices Festival, 2019. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Powers New Voices Festival - An Evening with the San Diego Black Artist Collective


An Evening with the San Diego Black Artist Collective

Produced by Karen Ann Daniels and Lamar Perry
Directed by Tanika Baptiste, Karen Ann Daniels, Lamar Perry, and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Saturday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will feature works by Tanika Baptiste, Dea Hurston, Joy Yvonne Jones, Tamara McMillian, Milena (Sellers) Phillips, and Ruff Yeager, as well as a stunning adaptation of Rich Soublet II’s Black Presence photo docuseries.

Only one ticket per household is needed.

The Powers New Voices Festival is supported by Paula and Brian Powers. The Old Globe’s New Voices Play Development Program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Old Globe’s Community Voices program is supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation and Subaru of El Cajon. The James Irvine Foundation also supports the Globe's coLAB program. Fuente Ovejuna is supported by The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund. The Old Globe's digital programs are supported in part by the Peggy and Robert Matthews Foundation.

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Ode to My Mothers
By Joy Yvonne Jones
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Cast: Joy Yvonne Jones

The Sage and I
By Tamara McMillian
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Cast: Tamara McMcillian

The desTROYers
Adapted by Tanika Baptiste and Ruff Yeager
Directed by Tanika Baptiste

Cast: DeLeon Dallas* (Da), Kimberly Monks* (Gramma), Jada Owens† (Sis)

Rich Monologue
By Rich Soublet II
Directed by Karen Ann Daniels

Cast: DeLeon Dallas* (Rich), Joy Yvonne Jones (Andrea), Bibi Mama (Khea), Kimberly Monks* (Zakiyyah), Michael Rishawn* (Ramel), Anise Ritchie* (Cynthia)

The Mailbox
By Milena (Sellers) Phillips
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Cast: Milena (Sellers) Phillips

In Sickness and in Health
By Dea Hurston
Directed by Lamar Perry

Cast: Victor Morris* (Jeff), Anise Ritchie* (Edith), Jada Owens† (Stage Directions)


Stage Manager: Chandra R.M. Anthenill*
Production Assistant: Andrea Morín Fernández
Production Assistant: Kira Vine

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

†Student in The Old Globe and University of San DiegoShiley Graduate Theatre Program.


Tanika Baptiste (Playwright and Co-Director, An Evening with the San Diego Black Artists Collective), recently named the BroadwayWorld San Francisco 2019 Person to Watch (Female), is an award-winning actor/singer originally from San Diego and is based in both San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. Her most recent directorial credits include The Review, or How to Eat Your Opposition and At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen (Theatre Rhinoceros), Rachel (South Bay Musical Theatre), Black Flag (Common Ground Theatre/Poway Unified School District), The desTROYers (as assistant director, co-adaptor, and costume designer; Southwestern College), and Fires in the Mirror (Trinity Theatre Company). Baptiste served as Artistic Director for the inaugural Artists 4 Black Lives Festival at Balboa Park in San Diego this past Juneteenth. She is slated to direct Program B of the Plays by Young Writers Festival in February. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Joy Yvonne Jones (Playwright, An Evening with the San Diego Black Artists Collective), originally from Houston, Texas, attended Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to study at University of Minnesota in the Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jones is a recipient of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female for her performance of Saartjie Baartman in Voyeurs de Venus at MOXIE Theatre. Her most recent credits include Cherise Howard in Flex (Humana Festival of New American Plays/Actors Theatre of Louisville), Isabelle in Ring Round the Moon (Lamb’s Players Theatre), Zuzu in Dance Nation (MOXIE Theatre), and Jane in Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (Cygnet Theatre Company). In 2020 her play Ode to My Mothers was featured in The Old Globe Juneteenth celebration. Jones is a creative hurricane working on the revolution at the speed of inspiration. And a new mother to Leonidas James.

Lamar Perry (he/him/his) (Co-Director, Celebrating Community Voices; Co-Director, An Evening with the San Diego Black Artists Collective) is a Queer Black director, producer, and writer originally from Windsor, Connecticut. In addition to working as a freelance director and educator, he currently serves as the Globe’s Artistic Associate, having formerly served as Producing Associate at Classical Theatre of Harlem. His recent projects include the podcast Gather Round! (The Old Globe) and audio plays Punchbowl Spaces and The Family Sound (Blindspot Collective/La Jolla Playhouse). Recently he taught, directed, and conducted a semester-long devised-theatre project at UC San Diego in their graduate acting program with their second-year M.F.A. acting candidates. He is a 2020–2021 Roundabout Theatre Company Directors Group member and a 2020 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Observer. Perry was recently featured in American Theatre magazine’s “Roll Call: People to Watch” and is an alum of Schusterman Family Foundation’s REALITY Storytellers program (2019). He holds a bachelor of science from St. John’s University and is an alum of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (Co-Director, An Evening with the San Diego Black Artists Collective) is a founder and the former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, which she helmed for 12 acclaimed seasons, receiving the Des McAnuff New Visions Award for risk-taking leadership and body of work and the 2015 Director of the Year Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. She has also directed plays for The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre Company, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. Some of her honors include Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations Program grant, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Awards, Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award, Van Lier Fund fellowship (Second Stage Theatre), and New York Drama League’s Directors Project.

Dea Hurston (Playwright), a highly regarded activist in the arts community, is a patron, advocate, and philanthropist. With a strong focus on inclusion and diversity, she has supported women leaders and has encouraged arts organizations to provide access to the arts for children. She is a former Commissioner of Arts for the City of San Diego and has served on numerous boards of directors. Hurston is also an award-winning playwright for her play I Want to Marry Little Stevie Wonder, which has recently received a commission from The Old Globe for further development. She is currently working on 1222 Oceanfront: Home, a Black Christmas musical scheduled for production by New Village Arts in December 2021. Playwrights Project is set to produce her play Family as part of the 2021 Mosaic Project. The play you see tonight, In Sickness and in Health, was made into a short film she hopes to release soon.