Free Community Event At Roxbury Community College In Conjunction With SKELETON CREW

Free Community Event At Roxbury Community College In Conjunction With SKELETON CREWHuntington Theatre Company in partnership with Roxbury Community College presents a free community event on Thursday, February 15 at 7pm in conjunction with the Huntington's upcoming production of the highly acclaimed hit Off Broadway play Skeleton Crew.

The evening will feature a scene from Dominique Morisseau's play Skeleton Crew, followed by a panel discussion with director Megan Sandberg-Zakian, and cast members Toccarra Cash, Jonathan Louis Dent, Patricia R. Floyd, and Maurice Emmanuel Parent, moderated by Marshall Hughes, Director of Fine, Performing and Media Arts at Roxbury Community College.

The evening is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged.

This event continues the Huntington's longstanding tradition of bringing its work beyond its homes on the Avenue of the Arts and in the South End to Boston's neighborhoods and communities, including past events at the Strand Theatre (Topdog/Underdog in 2017; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 2014; A Raisin in the Sun in 2013; Breath, Boom in 2003), Hibernian Hall (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom in 2012), and Roxbury Community College (Gem of the Ocean in 2004; Radio Golf in 2006; Fences in 2009).

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau plays March 2 - 31, 2018 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Tickets and more information at huntingtontheatre.org/skeletoncrew.

ABOUT THE SHOW
In the breakroom of the last small auto plant still standing, a makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams, and take pride in their work. When confronted with the possibility of the factory closing, power dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival. Inspired by August Wilson's Century Cycle, Dominique Morisseau's bold and compassionate new play is part of her Detroit Project play cycle.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Marshall Hughes (Moderator) is Director of Visual, Performing, and Media Arts at Roxbury Community College. He is founder and director of Opera unMet, an urban opera company that has performed in major venues over the past decades, including the Hatch Shell, Symphony Hall, and First Night. Marshall conducted SANS, an International Choral Exchange Choir, for over fifteen years, leading tours to the former Soviet Union, Russia, The Balkans and China. He has performed extensively on the international stage, including Europe and the United States, and has directed major theater productions and has been on the faculties at several colleges, including Emerson College, MIT, New England Conservatory of Music and Wheelock College. He has numerous awards for his critically acclaimed work with Roxbury Community Colleges' Roxbury Repertory Theater, including the Kenneth A. MacDonald Award for Theater Excellence.

Megan Sandberg-Zakian (Director) makes her Huntington debut with Skeleton Crew. Recent directing credits include the world premiere of Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop), The Broken Record (New York Times Critic's Pick, FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award), The Convert (Underground Railway Theater, Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Trinity Repertory Company/Perishable Theatre), and Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea (Cleveland Public Theatre, National New Play Network rolling world premiere). She is the director-in-residence at Merrimack Repertory Theatre where her credits include the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess' Chill, The Royale, A Christmas Carol, and It's a Wonderful Life. She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Award and the TCG Future Leaders fellowship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a proud Stage Directors and Choreographers Society member, and co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Toccarra Cash (Shanita) has Off Broadway credits that include Napoli, Brooklyn (Roundabout Theatre Company), Brothers from the Bottom (Billie Holiday Theatre, AUDELCO Award for Best Supporting Actress), and Playing with Fire (The Negro Ensemble Company), as well as regional theatre productions at Baltimore Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and ALLIANCE THEATRE, among many others. Film credits include Faraway Eyes, Gracie's Keeper, ATL, Blue Car, Rosy, and Hands to the Sky. Television credits include "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Younger" (TV Land), and "Royal Pains" (USA). She is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for acting. Ms. Cash is a proud graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and received her MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. toccarracash.com.

Jonathan Louis Dent (Dez) was last seen at the Huntington in Sons of the Prophet. He is a New York City based actor and writer who previously appeared Off Broadway in Church and State (New World Stages) and Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional credits include Romeo and Juliet (Hartford Stage), The Good Negro (Company One Theatre), and The Etymology of Bird (The Providence Black Repertory Company). Mr. Dent wrote and performed in The Broken Record which won the award for Best Overall Play at the 2015 International New York Fringe Festival. His credits at New York University's graduate acting program include Free Man of Color and Describe the Night (world premiere by Rajiv Joseph). Television credits include "Elementary." He received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from New York University.

Patricia R. Floyd (Faye) is an actor, director, and writer proudly hailing from Detroit, Michigan. She is a two-time AUDELCO Award winner. She appeared in two episodes of the HBO mini-series "Show Me a Hero" and recurred as Judge Rochelle Desmond on "Law & Order." Her recent television appearances include "Jessica Jones," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "Elementary," "Deception," "Blue Bloods," and "Orange is the New Black." She has been in several films including Thirty Years to Life and The Incredible Jessica James. She is currently awaiting the release of Bikini Moon. She is a 30 year veteran of the theatre whose favorite roles were in productions of Flying West, The American Menu, A Raisin in the Sun, The Raft of the Medusa, and Munched. Ms. Floyd has worked as a guest director and instructor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the New York Film Academy and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.

Maurice Emmanuel Parent (Reggie) previously appeared at the Huntington in Merrily We Roll Along and as Bobo in A Raisin in the Sun. His other credits include Hair (Barrington Stage Company), Ragtime (Music Theatre of Wichita, Fulton Opera House, and New Repertory Theatre), King Edward in Edward II (Actors' Shakespeare Project, Elliot Norton Award), Mr. Bones in The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage Company, Arts Impulse Award), and Chilford Ndlovu in The Convert (Underground Railway Theater, IRNE Award). He received a BS in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a MA from New York University's Steinhardt School. Mr. Parent is a resident company member of the Actors' Shakespeare Project and co-founder of The Front Porch Arts Collective. mauriceparent.com.

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston's leading professional theatre and one of the region's premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

ABOUT RCC

Founded in 1973, Roxbury Community College (RCC) is a comprehensive, multicultural, urban, student-centered, open-access community college. RCC offers associates degree and certificate programs, online courses, corporate and community education programs, and lifelong learning programs. Our 16-acre, 6-building campus houses classrooms, specialized science and computer laboratories, the Library and Learning Center, the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center and the Media Arts Center.

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