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Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA

First Floor Theater is pleased to continue their sixth season with the Chicago premiere of Nathan Alan Davis's poetic and poignant drama, DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, directed by Chika Ike. DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA will play March 4 - 31, 2018 at The Den Theatre, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently on sale at firstfloortheater.com.

The cast includes First Floor company member Shariba Rivers, with Brianna Buckley, Jerome Beck, Kayla Raelle Holder, Brian Nelson Jr., Destiny Strothers and Jalen Gilbert as Dontrell.

Eighteen-year-old Dontrell Jones the Third decides it is his duty and destiny to venture into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle Passage, but his family isn't ready to abandon its prized son to the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.

Blending poetry, humor, wordplay and ritual, DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA is a modern-day hero's quest exploring the lengths and depths we must go to redeem history's wrongs. The play has been called "a mesmerizing blend of magical realism and poetic social comment" by The Los Angeles Times and "the most important play on DC stages" by The DC Theatre Scene.

The production team for DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA includes Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Uriel Gomez (costume design), Rachel Levy (lighting design), Sarah D. Espinoza (sound design), Samantha Myers (props design), Breon Arzell (choreography), Bobby Huggins (technical director), Cole von Glahn (production manager) and Kayla Menz (stage manager).

Photos by Evan Hanover.

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Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Jalen Gilbert and Kayla Raelle Holder

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Destiny Strothers, Kayla Raelle Holder, Jalen Gilbert and Jerome Beck

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Shariba Rivers, BriAnna Buckley, Destiny Strothers, Jerome Beck and Kayla Raelle Holder

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
Jalen Gilbert

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Jalen Gilbert and Shariba Rivers

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Kayla Raelle Holde and Jalen Gilbert

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(left to right) Brian Nelson Jr., Jerome Beck, Jalen Gilbert and BriAnna Buckley

Photo Flash: First Floor Theater Presents the Chicago Premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA
(center) Jalen Gilbert with the company of First Floor Theater’s Chicago premiere of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA.



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