Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
By Suzan-Lori Parks
February 24th to March 12, 2016
Set during the Civil War, this explosively powerful new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the cost of freedom.
"Gripping Action" shines through in Lawrence Toppman of the Charlotte Observer's Review for FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS.
"Race issues transcend eras" in Mark Pizzato of Charlotte Viewpoint's Review!
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Children under 10 are not permitted in the theatre for any ATC production.
The production will run ~ 2 hours and 45 minutes including two intermissions
Thursday, February 18 @ 7:30 PM- Pay What You Can
Friday, February 19 @ 7:00 PM- Preview SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 20 @ 8:00 PM- Preview
Wednesday, February 24 @ 7:30 PM- Opening Night
Thursday, February 25 @ 7:30 PM- Talkback
Friday, February 26 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, February 27 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 28 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, March 2 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 3 @ 7:30 PM- Talkback
Friday, March 4 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, March 5 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 6 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, March 9 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, March 10 @ 7:30 PM- Talkback
Friday, March 11 @ 8:00 PM- 50% Off Beer & Wine
Saturday, March 12 @ 8:00 PM
|Leader/ 1st runaway||JR Jones|
|Second/Odyssey Dog||Bobby Tyson|
|Third Runaway||Nicole Watts|
|Oldest Man||John Price|
|Penny||April Jones *|
|Homer||Jeremy DeCarlos *|
|PRODUCTION TEAM & STAFF|
|Stage Manager/Costume||Carrie Cranford|
|Lighting Design||Hallie Gray|
|Master Carpenter||Mike Snow|
|Artistic Director/Set Design||Chip Decker|
|Executive Director||Dan Shoemaker|
|General Manager||Martin Kettling|
|Development Director||Bennett Rich|
|Communications & Sales Manager||Kimberly Howard|
|Development Associate||Mark Garrison|
Sidney Horton (Director) is happy to be working with Actor’s Theatre again directing FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS with such a talented cast. He was last seen on stage in JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE (Seth Holly) at CPCC. Sidney’s previous work at Actor’s Theatre include: directing BLUE, CROWNS and A LESSON BEFORE DYING. He has also performed in CUTTIN’ UP (Howard), BLUE (Samuel Clark, Jr.), GEM OF THE OCEAN (Solly Two Kings) and INTIMATE APPAREL (George Armstrong). Sidney spent the last year directing youth theatre at Mooresville Community Children’s Theatre (ALADDIN, JR), Matthews Playhouse (JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH) and Ballantyne Performing Arts Center (HONK and BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER). Sidney attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
Read The Charlotte Posts inside interview with Director, Sidney Horton, HERE!
JR Jones (Leader/ First Runaway) is very pleased to be in his first production with ATC. He has been seen in WHEN YOU COMIN' BACK, RED RYDER (Teddy) and THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY(Chad Deity) at C.A.S.T. The later in which he won "Outstanding Supporting Actor". He was last seen in ANGELS IN AMERICA (Mr. Lies,Belize)
Bobby Tyson (Second/Odyssey Dog) is happy to be returning to the ATC stage after a far too long hiatus that included Book of Days(Rev.Groves) and Violet(Flick). Since then Bobby has been seen as a regular cast member of Charlotte Squawks at the Booth Theater as well as recent performances at Children's Theatre of Charlotte in 101 Dalmations(Pongo) and Jackie and Me(Jackie Robinson). He feels blessed to have been able to perform in numerous commercials, corporate videos, and voice overs while also having the opportunity to take the stage as a vocalist. Bobby has been seen on film and television in Having Our Say, One Tree Hill, and Army Wives to name a few. It is an understatement to say that Bobby is excited to be back at ATC to work on this thought provoking piece with a great director and amazing cast.
Nicole Danielle Watts (Third Runaway) was born in New York City and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her theatrical training at the University of Maryland at College Park and The New Freedom Theatre, one of the first and largest African American schools of performing arts in the country. Having relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2005, her recent performance credits include On Q Productions SPUNK (Missy May/Delia), Davidson Community Players CHICAGO (Matron Mama Morton), CPCC JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE (Molly), ON Q Productions (FOR THE LOVE OF HARLEM (Alberta Hunter), Carolina Actors Studio Theatre DEATH TAX (Tina)and RACE (Susan), Children’s Theatre of Charlotte SEUSSICAL (Sour Kangaroo), On Q Productions FABULATION AND THE RE-EDUCATIO OF UNDINE (Undine), and GRITS: THE MUSICAL TOUR (Florence) first presented at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Some of her most unique and memorable expressions have included performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, The Capital Hill Arts Workshop GOSPEL AT COLONUS (Antigone) in Washington, DC, graduating from the Distinguished Artist Roundtable of The Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte NC, and performing as a featured artist with Carolina Voices, Charlotte Center City Partners, Qadosh Dance Ministry and JBP Productions for Harris Teeter. Nicole is the Owner and Artistic Director of Abundant Life Creative Expressions LLC, a community wellness institute designed to promote individual and community wellness through the utilization of creative and performing arts instruction. She is honored to be directed by the extremely gracious and talented Sidney Horton for the second time and looks forward to many more challenges and adventures at ATC.
John W. Price (Oldest Man) MTA Award Winner, became a devotee of the spoken word at an early age and has performed throughout the Charlotte area for over 16 years in; “DRIVING MISS DAISY”, “OTHELLO”, “THE ELUSION”, “TWILIGHT LA 1992”, “THE WHIPPING MAN”, and written Black History presentations for Cabarrus Country; such as “WARREN CLAY COLEMAN”, 1963-THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE”, and “FREDEERICK DOUGLASS, FROM SLAVERY TO STATESMAN”.John is grateful to be returning to ATC and excited to be reuniting with members of this marvelous cast. John thanks ATC for their continued efforts to produce varied social commentary for the stage and is especially pleased to have a partner in Evelyn Foley who brings order, calm and love to the chaos that is his life.
Jonavan Adams (Hero/Ulysses) is thrilled to be working with such an extremely talented cast and crew on this uniquely unconventional piece of art. He recieved a B.A. In Theatre Performance from Appalachian State University. He was last seen as Ludie Watts in CPCC's production of The Trip To Bountiful. He was last seen on ATC stage in the world premier production of River City as Whitney Deeley. He thanks family, friends and YOU the patrons for your continued support.
April A. Jones (Penny) received her MFA in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association. She is currently the Visiting Lecturer in Acting at UNC-Charlotte and has also taught at the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as workshops in, acting, audition techniques, dialects, scene study and monologues for various schools and non profit organizations. Her work as an actor includes GOOD PEOPLE (Kate), at the Kavinoky Theatre in Buffalo, NY, WIT (Susie), and the OLD SETTLER (Charmaine/Lou Bessie) at Charlotte Rep., CHARLOTTE’S WEB(Charlotte), and THE CRANE WIFE (Title role) at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, SPELL#7 (Dahlia) at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, and ONCE IN A WIFETIME(Nwanyeruwa) at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Film/Television work includes HAVING OUR SAY (Bessie), with Audra McDonald and LAW AND ORDER as well as industrial work. Commercial and voice over experience includes Time Warner Cable, Kmart, McDonalds, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Bausch & Lomb. She has directed a number of plays including THE BLUEST EYE for the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, VA, FUDDY MEERS for Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. She also wrote and directed the 2015 premier of T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… JUNGALBOOK, and KING ARTHUR AND THE MAGIC SWORD for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. As a playwright April has seen two of her plays produced, NEGRAS EROS, which is an exploration of the sexual images of women of the African diaspora from a socio-political perspective, and TELLIN’ TALES, a collection of cultural folktales that celebrate the commonality of the human experience regardless of ethnicity.
Craig Spradley (Colonel) graduated from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. Previous productions for ATC including CLYBOURNE Park (Dan/Russ), THE LIEUTENANT OF INNISHMORE (Danny). Other favorite roles include (Man) VERONICA’S ROOM, (George) WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF and (Prospero) THE TEMPEST. He has also directed a number of productions for ATC including JOHNNY GUITAR, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, and FIVE COURSE LOVE. Thanks to Mr. Horton and ATC .
Stephen Seay (Smith) is excited to return to the ATC stage for the third time this season. You may have seen him understudying for GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL (Jackie and Rufus), but you definitely saw him in ROCK OF AGES (Franz). His past performances at ATC also includes EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL (Scott). Stephen has also been seen this season in Queen City Theatre Company's BIRDS OF A FEATHER (Silo). Stephen is originally from Spartanburg, SC, but Charlotte has been his "home" for almost 9 years. He graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre Performance and spent 8 years touring all over the Southeast as a professional children's theatre actor. Stephen also founded an independent theatre company based out of Charlotte and is an award-winning producer and director. "You cannot love life until you live the life you love"
Jeremy DeCarlos (Homer) was most recently seen onstage at ATC in ROCK OF AGES, and RIVER CITY. He resides in NoDa with his pup Marley.
Carrie Cranford (STAGE MANAGER/PROPS/COSTUMES)* is a Charlotte native with a degree in Theatre Arts from Gardner-Webb University. In 2004, she began a part-time stage management position here at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, putting an end to years of retail enslavement in your local malls. Two years later, she was promoted to a full time position as Production Manager. Carrie is also now stage managing as a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Katy Harding (Assistant Stage Manager) has worked various shows at Actor’s Theatre over the last several years. Kate graduated from Northwest School of the Arts with honors in technical theatre, acting, and dance. She then went on to attend UNCC for her BS in Psychology. Taking time off before grad school is giving Kate the opportunity to indulge her passion for theatre and she absolutely loves being part of the ATC family. She can also be found around Charlotte working with OnQ Productions and JBP Entertainment.
Hallie Gray – lighting designer. Hallie has been designing lights for ATC for 15 years. Her lighting designs will also have been seen in Charlotte and the surrounding area for the past 20 years at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina Stage Company, Kinetic Works Dance Ensemble, Theatre Charlotte, Epic Arts Repertory Theatre, Stage One, Carolina Voices, Bare Bones Theatre Group, Charlotte Repertory Theatre and Opera Carolina. She has been the recipient of lighting design awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association and from Creative Loafing. When not designing lights, Hallie also works as the Assistant Master Electrician for Opera Carolina and the Charlotte stagehands union IATSE Local 322. She attended UNC Chapel Hill, where she received her BA in Drama and Psychology in 1995.