“I think casting is 95 percent of a successful show,” says “Molly Daughter” director Carnessa Ottelin. “Casting for me extends into the production team. The performance ensemble of Deb Royals-Mizerk, Renee Wimberley, and Alison Lawrence is absolute, perfect charisma. Coty Cockrell (on piano) and Jason Hedrick (on bass) come together as our beautiful band.”
The Justice Theater Project will kick off its 2011-12 season with the Tony Award®-winning 1991 Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” with music by Lucy Simon and a book and lyrics by Marsha Norman, based on the beloved 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, on Sept. 9-11, 16-18, and 23-25 in Clare Hall at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in north Raleigh, NC.
While Joseph Callender’s eloquence as Cephus Miles in “Home” wins the hearts and minds of Justice Theater Project’s patrons, Rasool Jahan and Joy Williams alternately tickle the audience’s funny-bones and raise their hackles with their charismatic characterizations of some two dozen people — good, bad, and ugly.
When he first read “Home,” director Sean A. Brosnahan says, “I remember being struck by the beauty of the narrative; [and] the way Samm-Art Williams threads dialog, commentary, narration, and poetry into one seamless piece of theatrical art.”