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Casting Announced For Raven Theatre's THE LAST PAIR OF EARLIES


Casting Announced For Raven Theatre's THE LAST PAIR OF EARLIES

Raven Theatre, Chicago's newest Equity-affiliated theatre, has announced casting for its world premiere of Joshua Allen's The Last Pair of Earlies, directed by Tyla Abercrumbie.

The production features Tarina Bradshaw, Demetra Dee, Keith Illidge, Marcus D. Moore, Jonny Morrison and Shadana Patterson.

This new drama, which follows the hardships and hopes of Wayland and Della Rose Early as they chase a sweet Southern dream on the South Side of Chicago, will play October 27 - December 12, 2021 on Raven's 85-seat East Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago. Single tickets and a variety of 2021-22 subscription packages are currently available at or by calling (773) 338-2177. The press opening is Monday, November 1, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

Please note: Raven Theatre will require proof of vaccination and masking at all performances through the end of 2021. For updated information on Raven's COVID safety measures, visit

Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things - his talent for making handmade shoes, and the love of his bride, Della Rose. But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find themselves increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with the weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are we still enough for each other? Joshua Allen emerges from the award-winning writers' room of Empire with a hometown world premiere.

The production team includes Sydney Lynne (scenic design), Alex Rutherford (costume design), Sim Carpenter (lighting design), Jeffrey Levin (sound design), Caitlin McCarthy (props design), Jyreika Guest (intimacy director), Lorenzo Blackett (production manager), Alan Weusthoff (technical director), Liz Gomez (master electrician), Eileen Rozycki (charge artist) and Wilhelm Peters (stage manager).

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