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Ensemble Studio Theatre & Radio Drama Network present


by William Jackson Harper*
directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

featuring Stori Ayers, Denny Dale Bess*, Sheldon Best*, Brian D. Coats, Bjorn DuPaty*, Lynnette R. Freeman*, Nathan James, Ivan Moore, Shawn Randall*

A Texas church community, untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, is compelled into a kind of reckoning once a stranger enters their lives, forcing them to take sides and take a stand.

Travisville runs two hours with a fifteen minute intermission.

Join the artists and creative team Monday, October 15th for an intimate reception and special Benefit Performance of Travisville to support the development of new work at EST.

Scenic Designer: Milagros Ponce de León  |  Costume Designer: Suzanne Chesney*  |  Lighting Designer: Adam Honor |  Sound Designer, Shane Rettig*  |  Props Master: Caitlyn Murphy   |  Stage Manager: Lloyd Davis, Jr. |  Press Photography: Jeremy Daniel

About the Artists

Will Harper by Jackie Abbott

WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER (Playwright). EST: Stiff, Big Tex, Neglect, Broadway: All The Way. Off Broadway: After the Blast (LCT3); A Family for All Occasions (Labyrinth); Modern Terrorism (Second Stage); The Total Bent, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure (The Public); Placebo, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons); Ruined (MTC); Queens Boulevard, Paradise Park (The Signature); Microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi); Massacre (sing to your children) (Rattlestick); Rich Boyfriend (The New Group); The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys); You Got Older (Page73). Regional: All The Way (A.R.T); Ruined (The Goodman); Hamlet (Dallas Theater Center). Selected TV: “The Good Place,” “Deadbeat,” “The Breaks,” “The Electric Company,” “Unforgettable,” “High Maintenance.” Films: Paterson, How To Tell You’re a Douchebag, They Remain, The Man in the Woods, Lost Holiday.

STEVE H BROADNAX III (Director). Directing credits include various shows at theatres nationally and internationally, including: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People’s Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia. The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include American Taboo, another award winning full-length play, and Camouflage (Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist). As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Steve has worked nationally and internationally. Steve is currently a Professor of Theatre and Professor in Charge of MFA Acting at Penn State University.

Earlier Event: September 4
Memberfest: Front Lines
Later Event: October 9
Memberfest: The Terminal Event