RABBIT SUMMER
by TRACEY CONYER LEE

Directed by Kenyatta Rogers
January 12 - January 28 2018
Performances Friday-Sunday | Friday & Saturday @ 8PM | Saturdays @ 2:30PM | Sundays @ 4:00PM
Recommended for mature audiences. Explicit language/themes including gun violence.

Rabbit Summer, a world premier tragicomedy, examines the fracture point of a marriage and a friendship. There’s Ruby and her husband Wilson, who idealizes his manhood, his marriage, and his job as a cop. He smiles through pain Ruby wishes he would share. Ruby’s childhood friend, Claire, joins the household after her husband is shot by a white officer, pitting black against blue, gun rights against police brutality, manhood against fatherhood, and love against need. The trio battle individually to live their personal truths in an America built on lies.

 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT

TRACEY CONYER LEE is a full time actor-playwright living in New York City. Her plays Standing Up: Bathroom Talk & Other Stuff We Learn From Dad, Poor Posturing, and The First Time appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Fire This Time festival of short plays, or in readings and development through Urban Stages, National Black Theatre and The Fire This Time festival. Poor Posturing received a Boston run of a selected 6 of the 25+ plays from TFTT's first four seasons. With The First Time Ms. Lee was nominated for New York Innovative Theatre's 2016 Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award (NYITA) and was selected for Congo Square's 2015 August Wilson New Play Initiative. Ms. Lee was the 2010-2011 resident playwright for Don't Miss A Beat, Inc., an arts and education program in Jacksonville, FL which introduces marginalized youth to the world of theater, music and dance. She has written for Boomerang Theatre's Rock-N-Roles series, LDTG and was invited to guest blog for the Huffington Post on “Gratitude”, of which she is in abundance. Ms. Lee is a 2018 MFA merit scholar candidate in Writing For the Stage & Screen at New Hampshire Institute of Art, for which she has written a full length musical, a tv pilot, and the play you are about to see thanks to Buzz McLaughlin, who mentored the birth of Rabbit Summer.

Acting highlights include Off-Broadway casts of Sistas; The Musical (filmed by BET/available on Netflix) and the critically raved (and Late Night with Conan O'Brien spoofed) Bedbugs!!! It's a Musical. Regional work at Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Denver Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Detroit Public Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Portland Stage Company, Laguna Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Delaware Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Capital City Theatre, Great Lakes, Cleveland Playhouse, Cape Playhouse, WHAT, Forum Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, InterAct and 30+ others has yielded Carbonell, NAACP, and Barrymore Award winning roles. Independent film garnered audience awards for Best Lead Actress. TV credits include SMASH, Ed, recurring roles on L&O: Criminal Intent, All My Children & Guiding Light and most recently a guest spot on Hulu's The Path, season 2. Ms. Lee is a proud Broadway Inspirational Voices member. She is thrilled to be part of the Women's Voices Festival and thanks KenYatta Rogers for his vision and Ally Theatre Company for its unyielding support. For what's next: www.traceyconyerlee.com.

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

KenYatta Rogersis a director and actor with over 50 professional productions of theatre experience. Directing credits include productions with Mosaic Theatre, African Continuum Theatre Company, The IN Series, Theatre J, University of Pittsburgh, Point Park College, South Carolina State University, and Howard University. Acting credits include productions with the Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Arena Stage, Forum Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre, Folger Theatre, Trustus Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Washington Shakespeare Company, and African Continuum Theatre Company.

As an actor, his regional credits include King Hedley II, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Arena Stage); Father Comes Home from the Wars, Two Trains Running, Glengarry Glen Ross, Eurydice, A Lesson Before Dying (Round House Theatre); Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre); Topdog/Underdog, A Raisin in the Sun (Everyman Theatre); Fever/Dream (Woolly Mammoth); Jitney (Ford's Theatre); Colossal (Olney Theatre Center); Comedy of Errors (Folger Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Trustus Theatre); Coriolanus (Shakespeare & Company); As You Like It, Spunk, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, (African Continuum Theatre). TV credits including the PBS series "Standard Deviants' Television."

KenYatta has received four Helen Hayes nominations and one win for his stage work in the nation's capital. KenYatta received his MFA in Acting from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a faculty member in Montgomery College's Department of Performing Arts.



Featuring
   
MICHELLE ROGERS
as Ruby
  TAMIEKA CHAVIS
as Claire
  JEREMY KEITH HUNTER
as Wilson


production staff
     
ty hallmark
Producer
  TAi alexander
Producer
  JENNIFER KNIGHT
Line Producer
  KATHERINE KARAUS
Production Manager
             
     
SOPHIE BARDEN
Stage Manager
  HOPE VILLANEUVA
Sound Designer
  CHRIS NIEBLING
Weapons Advisor
  ROBERT HAMILTON
Set Designer
             
       
KATHERINE OFFUTT
Props Designer/Set Dresser
  E-HUI WOO
Lighting Design
  DOMINIQUE GADDY
Costume Designer
   



January 12 - January 28
Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 8PM
Saturday matinees @ 2PM and Sunday matinees @ 4PM
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$25 General Admission
$15 Students and Veterans


AT JOE'S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
STUDIO 4
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
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COMMUNITY PREVIEWS (PAY WHAT YOU WISH):
Thursday, January 11th @ 8PM

INDUSTRY NIGHT PERFORMANCE:
​Monday, January 15th @ 8PM


 
     


RABBIT SUMMER IS PRESENTED AS PART OF THE
2018 WOMEN'S VOICES THEATRE FESTIVAL



  COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATION
Ally Theatre brings audiences into the conversation -- world premiere plays with local playwrights and artists, community discussions around timely issues in our society -- and we are proud of the impact we are already making here.

Please join us after the show! We'll keep the bar open, serve up our specialty themed cocktails, and create a safe space to navigate these sometimes difficult conversations.


IT TAKES A VILLAGE...
So many groups and individuals make this production possible. We are immensely grateful to:
  • Robb Hunter and Preferred Arms,
  • Brian Dettling and Stage Armament Solutions
  • Richard Henrich and Spooky Action Theatre
  • Montgomery College Theatre Department
  • Mount Rainier Police Department
  • Brooke Kidd, Neena Narayanan, and Joe's Movement Emporium
  • Signature Theatre
  • Ryan Bodanyi
  • Jason Aufdem-Brinke
  • Valerie Fenton
  • Wyckham Avery
  • Angelisa Gillyard
  • John Essay
  • The Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival
  • Matt Ripa
  • Ryan Maxwell
  • Nan Barnett, Amy Austin, and the Women's Voices Theater Festival
  • theatreWashington
  • Natalie Graves Tucker
  • Jennifer Mendenhall
  • Ellen Houseknecht
  • Jason Schlafstein, Jon Rubin, and Flying V Theatre
  • Jon Jon Johnson
Rabbit Summer is made possible with gracious support of the following donors:
Evelyn S. Connor, Nicole A. Watson, Judith Damewood, Erick Pinnick, Anonymous, Anonymous, Judith Zocchi,
Jill C Nienhiser, Eric Gardner Kidwell, Steven Rosen, Kathleen Renn, Anonymous, Ryan Bodanyi, Kara E. Krantz,
Bryan Glover, Sean Eustis, Jordan Friend, Anonymous, Alexandra L. Bradley, Julio Matos, Kevin R. Free, David Rosario, Anonymous, Anonymous, Susan Nelson, Madelyn Porter, Paula Graves, Gayle L. Turner, Kelly Vice Baskerville, Anonymous, Brent Whitehead, Roddy Rasti, Stephen C. Moore, Tanesha M. Gary, Valerie Fenton, John Geoffrion, Anonymous, Anonymous, Hinton Battle, Anonymous, Eva Stapleton, Anonymous, Adrian Wilson, Susan T. Hoffman, Anonymous, Rachel Cooke, KenYatta Rogers, Katherine Karaus, Ty Hallmark

THANK YOU!

  Partnered with
JOE'S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
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