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Produced by Karen Ann Daniels and Lamar Parry
Directed by Tanika Baptiste, Karen Ann Daniels, Lamar Parry, 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 (Sellars) 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.
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.
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.
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.