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Once on This Island

By Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Directed by Nefertiti Burton


Scenic and Lighting Design – Michael Hottois
Costume Design – Zhanna Goldentul
Music Directon – Troy Bell
Choreography – Frank Goodloe
Sound Reinforcement provided by Yancey Entertainment Service, Inc. 

Kyndia Motley – Little Ti Moune
Ashley Smith – Storyteller, Andrea
Jodi Ann Henry – Storyteller, Ti Moune
Blair Boyd -  Storyteller, Asaka
Tamara Kamara - Storyteller
Renea Brown -  Storyteller, Mama
Tia Davis - Storyteller
Kristi Papailler- Storyteller, Erzulie
DJ Kelly - Storyteller
Robbie McCracken – Storyteller, Daniel
Travis Stolp – Storyteller, Armand
Troy Bell – Storyteller, Ton Ton
David Galloway, Storyteller, Papa Gé
Billy Flood – Storyteller, Agwe

Setting:
An island in the Caribbean
Present Day

There will be no intermission during this performance.

Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics) received the Tony, the Emmy, London’s Olivier Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Gold Record. She has been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, and four Emmys. For Broadway, she wrote lyrics for Ragtime, My Favorite Year, Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and book and lyrics for Once On This Island, Seussical, and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway credits include lyrics for A Man of Importance and book and lyrics for Dessa Rose, The Glorious One and Lucky Stiff. She serves on the Dramatists Guild Council of America and co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers. 2008 marked her twenty-fifth year of collaboration with composer Stephen Flaherty.
 
Stephen Flaherty (Music) composes music for theater, film, recordings, and the concert stage. He is perhaps best known for the Broadway musicals   Ragtime, Seussical, and Once on This Island and also contributed music to Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, and Neil Simon's Proposals. He has written four musicals produced at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones, Dessa Rose, A Man of No Importance, and My Favorite Year. Other theater scores include Lucky Stiff and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein. Concert work includes commissions from the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum. Mr. Flaherty serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, where he co-chairs the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for emerging writers with Lynn Ahrens, his longtime writing partner.

Nefertiti Burton (Director) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Research Certificate in Media/Arts Program Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied filmmaking under Ricky Leacock. Her teaching, directing, writing, and acting focus on the work of black playwrights throughout the African Diaspora. Burton has performed and directed in local, national, and international venues including: Boston, New York, and Winston-Salem, in the U.S., and  Australia, China, and South Africa, abroad. She has organized and led arts tours and exchanges for students and professionals to China, Japan, Panama, Cuba, Senegal, and South Africa. She is fluent in French and has basic skills in Spanish. Burton’s screenwriting and directing have been acknowledged with an American Scene Award and an Audelco Award. Five of her plays focusing on Yoruba traditional beliefs have toured the Kentucky public schools with the University of Louisville’s Repertory Company. In 2007 Burton presented a workshop on “Theater for a Sustainable Planet” to environmental activists from around the globe at the 4th World Environmental Education Congress in South Africa. This presentation led to the creation of her play entitled, Who Needs a Habitat Anyway? which is now touring area schools. The core idea for this play was drawn from Yoruba oral literature and focused on the intersection of culture and environment. One of Burton’s most popular Yoruba-derived plays, How Orisanmi Chose His Head, was presented on the Theatre Arts Mainstage season in 2011. In 2012 she directed Pearl Cleage’s Blues for an Alabama Sky. Courses Burton has taught at UofL include: Directing for the Stage, Acting the Black Experience, Black Dramatic Literature, and Theatre of the African World. An ardent practitioner of Tai Chi Ch’uan, she recently developed and now teaches a new course called, Tai Chi for Actors. Burton has years of experience in arts administration and cultural programming. She has acted as a consultant for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The New England Foundation for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Since moving to Louisville in 1999 she has been a resource for the Jefferson County Public School system offering professional development workshops for Arts and Humanities teachers. Burton is the recipient of the UofL Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award and since 2009, has been Associate Dean for International, Diversity, and Outreach Programs for the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences. It is with great sadness that she acknowledges the recent loss of a dear mentor, Dr. J. Blaine Hudson.

Michael Hottois (Scenic and Lighting Design) is the resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. Michael has designed well over 300 major productions with some of his favorites being Woyzeck, Ring ‘Round the Moon, Metamorphoses, Arsenic & Old Lace, and Uncle Vanya. Over the past few summers he designed Always, Patsy Cline; All Shook Up; The Producers; Ain't Misbehavin'; and No, No, Nanette for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in New York. His credits as a scenic artist include the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, as well as Soul of the Game for HBO. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829.

Zhanna Goldentul (Costume Design) is the resident Costume Designer for the Theatre Arts Department. Her recent designs for the department include Atomic Bombers, Richard III, The Laramie  Project, A Song for Coretta, Come Down Burning, Titus  Andronicus, Cage Rhythm, Romeo and Juliet, Blithe Spirit, and many others. She is a graduate of the Theatrical Art College in Moscow and holds an MA in Fine Arts from UofL. She has designed costumes at Stage One: Louisville Children’s Theatre, and has been a member of the United Scenic Artists' Union since 1993.

Troy Bell (Music Director/Tonton) is in his 35th season “on the stage.” Troy was the first African American to dance a male lead in a full-length ballet titled Peer Gynt while a student at YPAS. He is also a charter member of their premiere European Tour Show Company, Louisville's Next Generation. He made his regional theater debut as Mark in A Chorus Line, adding to a successfully rewarding career of playing numerous characters in many shows. In 2008, Bell appeared in his favorite role, Old Deuteronomy in CATS, and founded the Pod-Ville Theatre Association. Mr. Bell practices the balance between artistry and ministry at “The Net” Church where is the Director of Music/Worship Arts.

Blair Boyd (Asaka), LaGrange, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Past productions at UofL include Nurse in The Flu Season, Orileemere in How Orisanmi Chose His Head, Lil’ Bit in How I Learned to Drive, and Voice #2 in Betty’s Summer Vacation. Past credits elsewhere include Marta in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Rory in Bare, and Kitty in A Man of No Importance, all with Pandora Productions and Ensemble in Hell’s Awesome with Bottoms Up! Productions.

Renea Brown
(Mamma), Lexington, KY is a junior Theatre Arts major. Past performances at UofL include Miss Corine in Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery, Ensemble in Mad at Miles, Juliet in Measure for Measure, and Martha in Lift Every Voice. Past credits elsewhere include Fran in The Heidi Chronicles, Mrs. Dunbar in The Lottery, Juror #10 in Twelve Angry Women, and McCavity in Cats, all at Lafayette High School.

Tia Davis (Storyteller/Ife), Atlanta, GA, is a first-year MFA student in performance. She earned her BA in Theatre from Berea College. She recently appeared as Miss Lamama in Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery at UofL and as Black Woman with Fried Drum Stick in The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at the Jeckyl Drama Center at Berea College.

Billy Flood (Agwe), Louisville, KY, is a third-year MFA student in performance. He received his BFA from Wright State University. Past productions at UofL include Guy in Blues for an Alabama Sky, Mufaro in Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Mr. Profit in Who Needs a Habitat Anyway?, and various roles in The Colored Museum. Past credits elsewhere include Man in Dream Play at Columbia University, Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz with the American Family Theatre National Tour, Newt Lee in Parade at Wright State University, and Bullfrog in Honk at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

David Galloway (Papa Gé), Clinton, SC, is a second-year MFA student in performance. He earned his BA in Theatre from Presbyterian College. Past productions at UofL include Don Jon in Much Ado about Nothing, Enrico Fermi in Atomic Bombers, and Sir Ratcliffe in Richard III. Past credits elsewhere include various roles in Hairspray! and Sam Weinberg in A Few Good Men, both at the Workshop Theatre, Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, and Leon Trotsky in Variations on the Death of Trotsky at the Greenville Little Theatre.

Frank Goodloe (Choreographer) is making his choreographic debut at UofL. Frank has been a professional actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer for 10+ years and has performed nationally and locally. Locally you may have seen him perform or seen his choreography at Derby Dinner Playhouse, CenterStage, Pandora Productions, Clarksville Little Theater, Paddle Wheel Productions, Stage One, and Blue Apple Players. Some of Frank’s favorite roles include Jim in Parade, Horse in Full Monty, Mr Jefferson/Ensemble in RENT, Jim in Big River, and Jacob in La Cage. Frank is also a dance, voice and drama teacher at Dancensation Studios.

Jody-Ann P. Henry (Ti Moune), St. Catherine, Jamaica, is a second-year MFA student in performance. She earned her BA in Theatre from Nova Southeastern University.  Past performances at UofL include Daughter in Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery, Comedy Mascot in Plays: A Play, and Ensemble in Mad at Miles. Past credits elsewhere include Feste in Twelfth Night, Lois in Wonder of the World, Doctor in Baby! The Musical, and Ensemble in The Dining Room, all at Nova Southeastern University Theatre.

Tamara Kamara (Storyteller), Free-Town, Sierra Leone, is a senior with a double major in Theatre Arts and French. Previous productions at UofL include Melba in The Big R, Moderator in The Great Debaters, and Ensemble in Mad at Miles. She recently appeared as The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol at University of the Cumberlands. She is a storyteller and arts teacher for the Blue Apple Players.

Douglas W. Kelly Jr. (Storyteller), Louisville, KY, is making his performance debut at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include Sneezy in Snow White at Derby Dinner Playhouse, Munchkin in Oz the Musical at the Brown Theatre, Orphan in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Broadway Across America, and Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Broadway at Iroquois. He also played an extra in the film Secretariat and received the 2012 Young Visionary Award from the Arts Council of Louisville.

Robbie McCracken (Daniel), Anderson, SC, is a first-year MFA student in performance. He earned his BA in Theatre from Anderson University. He recently appeared as Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing at UofL. Past credits elsewhere include King Wingina in The Last Colony at the Waterside Theatre, Victor in Cabaret at the Warehouse Theatre, Macduff in Macbeth and Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, both at Anderson University.

Kyndia Motley (Little Ti Moune), Jeffersonville, IN, is a 3rd grader at Utica Elementary School. Kyndia recently appeared as Nila in Troy Bell’s production The Zion King and LCCC No Town to Motown. Kyndia loves the arts, and spends her spare time playing the piano and violin, and singing.

Iva-Kristi Papailler (Erzulie), Louisville, KY, is a second-year MFA student in performance. She earned her BA in Humanities, Theatre, and Literature from UofL. Previous productions at UofL include Aunt Mae in Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery, Delia in Blues for an Alabama Sky, Ensemble in Mad at Miles, and The Wizard in The Wiz. Past credits elsewhere include Rhonda Lynn in Christmas Belles, Lucy in Dracula, and Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird, all at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, and Irma Slocum in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Stage One.

Ashley Smith (Andrea), Louisville, KY, is a second-year MFA student in performance.  She earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky. Previous productions at UofL include Ursula in Much Ado about Nothing, Laura Fermi in Atomic Bombers, and Rivers in Richard III. Past credits elsewhere include Little Red in Once upon a Wolf at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Sarah in Dracula and Gina Jo in Christmas Bells, both at the Kentucky Repertory Theatre, and Sister James in Doubt at the University of Kentucky.

Travis Stolp (Armand), Costa Mesa, CA, is a first-year MFA student in performance. He earned his BA in Drama from University of California Irvine, and is a graduate of the Professional Intensive Acting Program at the South Coast Repertory. He recently appeared as Leonato in Much Ado about Nothing. Past credits elsewhere include Hathorne in The Crucible, Peter Carlson in Earthlings Beware, and Murray in The Odd Couple, all at the Costa Mesa Playhouse, and Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces at Vanguard University.

Gina Vito (Stage Manager), Louisville, KY, is a junior with a double major in Theatre Arts and Anthropology. She has spent the last year working at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program and works in the Theatre Arts Costume Shop under a work scholarship. She recently served as the Assistant Costume Designer for Much Ado about Nothing, Stage Manager for A Perfect Wedding, and Assistant Stage Manager for How I Learned to Drive and The Colored Museum.

Ashley McKenzie (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. She recently appeared as Edith in ‘Dentity Crisis (Studio Theatre), and served as Costume Crew for Shakin’ the Mess outta Misery and Properties Crew for Atomic Bombers at UofL.

James Thompson (Assistant Stage Manager), Louisville, KY, is a senior Theatre Arts major. Previous productions at UofL include Friar Francis in Much Ado about Nothing, James in Plays: A Play, Vaughn in Richard III, and Nilly in The Sausage Eaters (Studio Theatre). He recently appeared as Alfred in Death by Chocolate at Jeffersontown High School.

Once on This Island was adapted from the novel, My Love, My Love, by Trinidadian writer Rosa Guy (1925-2012).

Once on This Island is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

Pit Singers

Navise Clark, Soprano
Demetrius Gunn, Tenor
Devin Holley, Alto
 
The Band
 
Gloria Nimocks, Primary Keyboardist
Sean Clayborn, Secondary Keyboardist
Demond Bullard, Bass Guitarist
Guy H. Dorsey, IV & Anthony Gantt Percussionist Team

Production Staff

Stage Manager – Gina Vito
Assistant Stage Managers – Ashley McKenzie, James Thompson
Technical Director – Garry Brown
Technical Production Supervisor – Charles Nasby
Scenic Construction – Elliot Cornett, Amos Dreisbach, Reese Fisher, Michelle Gentry, Braden McCampbell, Collin Sage, Kathryn Spivey, TA 241 Stagecraft II
Production Buyer – Robert McCracken
Costume Shop Manager – Melissa Shepherd
Assistant Costume Designers – James Coomer and Amy Davis
Wardrobe Master – James Coomer
Costume Buyer – James Thompson
Costume Construction – James Coomer, Amy Davis, Jennifer Siow, James Thompson, Gina Vito
Wardrobe Crew – Kyle Layman, Anna Neikirk
Properties Manager – Megan Ward
Properties Crew – Natalie Combs
Master Electricians – Emily McGlawn, Mo Stucker
Lighting Operator – Kathryn Spivey
Sound Engineer – Derek Wahle
Sound Operator – Alaina Watson
Box Office Manager – Melanie Henry
Box Office Staff – Richard Ribuffo, Candice Tempel
House Manager – Briana Hyman
Poster Design – Jenna Wargo

Special Thanks – Jessi Eichberger, John Leffert, CenterStage Theater, Sandra Rivera and Dancensation Studios, UofL IT NextGen Services, Jerry Tolson, Dorice Beausejour, Yolanda JD Green, Melanie Henry
Gratitude and recognition goes to the Best Pastor w/ the Best Supporting Congregation, the Reverend Daniel Corrie Shull and The Burnett Avenue Missionary aka “The Net” Church for their open door policy including general use of facility, sound equipment/operator, and instruments for music rehearsals.

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Once on This Island is presented through special arrangement with  Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


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