2020 Virtual Fall Repertory

Sponsored by Whitaker Stone

Welcome to The Keegan Theatre! (kind of)

Thank you for joining us online for our virtual fall repertory! This year has been so challenging for so many, and while it’s still not safe for us to return to traditional theatre-making — live and in person at our intimate space on Church Street — we hope that this modified version of the “real thing” can still inspire, empower, and make us all feel more connected.

All of us at Keegan are honored to be producing these works and working with these storytellers. Lisa, Drew, and Dwayne possess immense talent and present perspectives that we think will be exciting for our audiences to experience. They offer so much of themselves in their pieces, and we’re grateful to them for joining us on this journey into live streamed theatre.

We’re also grateful to you, our audience members, for joining us in this virtual sphere to connect through live theatre — albeit in a different way than usual. When considering how we could move forward with mainstage programming while adhering to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, we were inspired by the possibility of returning to theatre as it’s usually produced in our space, but with the singular and significant change of audiences taking the show in from their homes instead of sitting in seats at Keegan. The undeniable draw of art happening live — that thrill, that spontaneity — is what drove our decision to produce this repertory in this unique way, and we can’t thank you enough for being here.

So, in the spirit of getting as close to the “real thing” as possible, I now invite you to grab a drink, find a comfortable seat, unwrap your snacks and candy now — and enjoy the show!

Susan Marie Rhea

Susan Marie Rhea
Keegan Theatre Artistic Director

TRANS AM CAST AND DIRECTOR

Lisa Stephen Friday is a Singer, Musician, and Actor currently living in Alexandria, VA.

Her most notable work is with the New York City rock band Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday. From 2000-2006, the band was a featured act at NYC’s most notorious rock club, CBGB’s, and was the headlining act at the monthly queer party Homocorp. Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday was also one of the few queer bands at the time being featured at Pride events around the country, where they shared the stage with bands such as The Psychedelic Furs, The Motels, and Pat Benatar.

Prior to her years with Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday, Lisa worked as an actor and singer in NYC, performing in numerous regional productions in theaters such as Goodspeed Opera House, Alabama Shakespeare Company, and The Ordway Theater. In 1999, Lisa toured the country in the national touring company of The Buddy Holly Story.

A New York based actor/musician, Fred is honored to be making his D.C. directing debut with The Keegan Theatre.

As an actor, Fred has performed the role of “Timon” in Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway for the last ten years. Other New York theatre credits include: The Normal Heart (The Public Theatre), Bury the Dead (Transport Group), Room Service (Soho Playhouse), Shockheaded Peter (Little Shubert), The Vocal Lords (Theatre at St. Clements). National tours: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Buddy Holly Story (where he played Cricket Jerry Allison alongside Lisa’s Joe Mauldin. Fred got all the laughs) Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, O’Neill Theater, Geva Theatre, Huntington Theatre, New Repertory, Cleveland Play House. Film: Putzel, The Judge, Twelve Thirty, A Very Special Episode, Goin’ Down, Redirecting Eddie. TV: “High Maintenance,” “Forever,” “Smash,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Daily Pops,” “All My Children.”

Fred is an award-winning narrator of over 250 audio books and the co-host of the movie podcast, Opening Weekend (OpeningWeekendPodcast.com). For six years, Fred played drums with the NYC rock band, Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday (under the moniker “Freddie ‘Boom Boom’ Sanchez”) and played every club in the city, as well as many venues and Pride festivals across the country. He is thrilled to be reunited with his good friend, Lisa, in helping to tell her story. Fred lives in New York with his ever-patient wife, Kate, and two amazing kids, Ben and Izzy, and he highly recommends the first three Cheap Trick albums. IG: @TheFredBerman

FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO CAST AND DIRECTOR

A science teacher turned teaching artist, poet turned parodist, and marathon runner turned motivational speaker, Drew Anderson is founder and co-host of Spit Dat (the longest-running open mic in DC) and co-creator of the critically-acclaimed stage production From Gumbo to Mumbo. Recipient of the prestigious DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship, Drew has recently merged his decade-plus of artistic acumen and educational expertise to develop Spoof School and C.R.U.N.K. Academy, two dynamic arts education integration programs which teach students of all ages how to make learning fun by “making fun” of their learning. Equal parts teaching artist and performing artist, Drew is on a mission to share his love of drama, comedy, poetry, parody, and hip hop with all who are within his reach.

As an artist, Dwayne Lawson-Brown aims to bring people into his life, to share experiences, and create a greater understanding of humanity as a result. Whether rapping about the changing face of Southeast DC, the joy of raising his son, or the ache Black communities feel every time another name becomes a hashtag, his work stands as an ambassador’s journal opened to the world.

In addition to writing and sharing his poetry, he’s worked to create safer spaces for youth and young adults to share and create art. Through his advocacy work with Metro TeenAIDS (now recognized as RealTalkDC) he created Floetic Fridays at Freestyle, a monthly youth-led open mic, now running for 15 years.

Dwayne is one of the hosts of DC’s longest running open mic series, Spit Dat DC, the venue host captain for Busboys and Poets 450K, and the recipient of several honors, including the 2019 Mary Bowman Award for Service Through Artistry from the International Conference on HIV Stigma, the 2013 Emerging Artist Award from Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., the 2012 Emerging Leader Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the 2007 Presidential Community Service Award.

Ultimately, all of the art Dwayne is connected to is in hopes of making the world safer for his son. Through his actions as an HIV educator, in facilitating safer spaces for artists to be artists, and finding personal healing through poetry, he works to inform the attitudes of his son and inspire him to create works, celebrate wins and failures, and be an accepting kid in a demanding world.

A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Hampton University, and —  recently — Full Sail University’s MFA program, Duane is extremely excited to be returning to this amazing, Helen Hayes-nominated show. Duane has worked with Keegan Theatre in many capacites, as a Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA teaching artist, a performer (Hands on a Hardbody on the mainstage and The Reluctant Dragon with Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA), and director (From Gumbo to Mumbo).

Outside of Keegan, Duane was recently a part of Brave Spirits Theatre’s Histories project, playing various Shakespearean roles as part of the cast. Duane is currently hard at work on his very first original musical, which he can’t wait to share soon.

FALL REP PRODUCTION TEAM

Matthew was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. He is a graduate from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and a proud company member of both The Keegan Theatre Company and the Classical Theatre Company, Houston TX. Matthew is also Keegan’s resident scenic designer and the playwright of Keegan’s holiday tradition, An Irish Carol. He has been nominated for Helen Hayes Awards as an actor and set designer. Some previous designs include: Top Girls, Chicago, Next To Normal, American Idiot, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Lincolnesque, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and Hair.

John D. Alexander is excited to return to Keegan on these productions. Recent designs include: No Child… (Detroit Public Theater/Chautauqua Theater Company); This Bitter Earth (Theater Alliance); Royale (Theatre Squared); Paradise Blue (Detroit Public Theater); ELECTROGYNOUS (D. Sabela Grimes/Columbia College Dance Center); HERstory (F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc. and Kennedy Center); Airness (Keegan Theatre); Fabulation or, the Re-Education of Undine (Mosaic Theatre Co.). National tours include: Anne and Emmett (Langhart Communications) and Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence (Step Afrika!). Upcoming designs include: The House of the Negro Insane and Sheepdog (CATF). He recently received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on Topdog Underdog (Avant Bard). He has also designed for Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Catholic University, Georgetown University, and George Mason University. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Hailing from Maryland, growing up north of Chicago, and graduating from Boston University’s School of Theatre with a BFA in Sound Design, Kaitlyn hopes you enjoy these genuinely inspiring, live streaming performances. Select design credits include: Next Stop: North Korea (Next Stop Productions), Or (Theatre Prometheus), Applause Series: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Dessa Rose, Children of Eden (Olney Theatre Center).

Jeremy Bennett is a DC-based projection designer and theatre artist. He is currently an MFA candidate in design at the University of Maryland College Park where his primary focus of study is projection design. This is his second collaboration with The Keegan Theatre, the first being the DC premiere production of Boy. Some of his other work has been presented at the UMD Clarice Performing Arts Centre, including in The Visit and The Heidi Chronicles.

Shee Shee wears a lot of hats. Except she doesn’t really, because she tends to run warm. Shee Shee is thrilled at the chance to work with these phenomenally talented artists and to use her past life of bringing shows to the stage to help video stream these productions into your digital devices!

Keegan and Production Staff

Artistic Director Susan Marie Rhea
Producing Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea
Associate Producer
 Josh Sticklin
Production Manager Emily Dwornik
Director of Education & Administration Alexis J. Hartwick
Development Associate Elizabeth Winston
Marketing Associate Gary DuBreuil (Chisel and Brand LLC)
Publicity Photographers Ethan Hill, R. Dione Foto
Production Photographer Cameron Whitman Photography
Board Operator Conor Patrick Donahue

Special Thanks

Capital Pride Alliance, sponsor for TRANS AM
Sage Chase
Arianna Zindler
Steve Lavner
Jancarlos Diaz
Dino Lavalle
Kate Monaco-Berman
Christylez Bacon

DON’T MISS THE OTHER HALF OF OUR VIRTUAL FALL REP…

We’re so proud to be producing both TRANS AM and FROM GUMBO TO MUMBO this fall, putting these extraordinary artists, their personal and compelling stories, and their unique styles of storytelling in conversation with other. We hope you will join us for both!

Donate to Keegan

If you are interested and able, your support of Keegan and our Mission, Vision, and values is much appreciated.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Discover Keegan’s Mission, Vision, and history, and learn about our commitments to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism.