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Miller, Mississippi

MILLER, MISSISSIPPI
JANUARY 9 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE JANUARY 17 AT 8 PM
By 
Boo Killebrew
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans
Run Time: 2 hours 30 minutes with one 10-minute intermisison
Stage II

Partial support for open captioning provided by TDF

 

ABOUT THE SHOW


Every family has its secrets. The Miller family has more than most, wrestling with the radical changes of the volatile Civil Rights era. Can they adapt or will they suffer a devastating descent into ruin? A highlight of LWT’s 2016 Contemporary American Voices Festival, Boo Killebrew’s play is a Southern Gothic tale that confirms the old adage that the past is never really past.

“This play is damn good and feels necessary and important in the complicated world it’s been born into.” – Dallas Observer

 

COLLABORATING SPONSOROPENING NIGHT SPONSORS
Nina Adams & Moreson Kaplan

 

 

SUNDAY SYMPOSIUM: JANUARY 27, 2PM
WITH CLIFTON GRAVES, JR.


Clifton E. Graves, Jr. was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and attended elementary and middle school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He moved to New Haven, Connecticut as a teen, where his mother taught in the New Haven Public Schools for over 35 years and his father worked as a businessman and administrator with the Dixwell UCC Housing Program. Judge Graves matriculated at Tufts University, where he excelled in academics, civic engagement, and athletics, and was awarded a B.A. in Political Science. After Tufts, Judge Graves was accepted into Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC., where he earned his Juris Doctor degree and did additional studies in International Law and Diplomacy. Judge Graves’ professional career has spanned over thirty years of public service. His positions have included: Assistant and Deputy Corporation Counsel, City of New Haven under Mayors Ben Dilieto and John Daniels; Staff Attorney, New Haven Housing Authority; Deputy Director, Winston-Salem, NC Housing Authority; Special Assistant to the President at Alabama A & M. and Winston-Salem State Universities; Director of Diversity and Equity, Southern Connecticut State University; Vice-President, Amistad America; Director, Project Fresh Start, City of New Haven’s Returning Citizen/Prisoner Reentry Program under Mayor Toni Harp. In addition, Judge Graves has been civically engaged for over three decades in the uplifting and betterment of the Greater New Haven community. Some of these endeavors have included: Executive Committee member, New Haven NAACP; Founding Board member, Amistad America; Board Member and Trained Mediator, Community Mediation; Diversity Trainer, Anti-Defamation League’s A World of Difference; Graustein Community Fellow; Founder, OBAMA Initiative Youth Mentoring Program (New Haven Public Schools). He is currently an instructor of Social Sciences at Gateway Community College, a Member of the Dixwell Avenue Congregational United Church of Christ, and the proud father of two beautiful, intelligent, resourceful children: Thema and Malik.

 

 

MEET THE CAST


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CHARLOTTE BOOKER (Mildred Miller) is delighted to make her Long Wharf Theatre debut. New York credits include both Broadway revivals of Born Yesterday and Off/Off-off productions of Leave Me Green, Take Me Back, Ten Chimneys, Five Genocides, Deathbed, Fugue, Psycho Beach Party, and Bitch! which she also wrote. Over 30 years of regional roles include Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Touchstone in an all-female As You Like It, Deirdre in The Humans, Edie in Visitors, 3 different Steel Magnolias, Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation, Ann Landers in Lady with All the Answers, Mrs. Webb in Our Town, Virginia in Clean House, and many more at theatres all over the place. Don’t blink and you’ll see her in the films Inside Llewyn Davis, Brazzaville Teenager, and Love and Support. Numerous TV appearances include “Power,” “Bluebloods,” “Gaffigan,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and lots of sitcom reruns. www.charlottebooker.com.

RODERICK HILL (Thomas Miller) Broadway: Butley, Lestat. Off Broadway: Stalking The Bogeyman (New World Stages); Unnatural Acts (CSC); Days To Come, Mary Broome, The Return of The Prodigal (Mint Theater); The Irish Curse (Soho Playhouse); Cymbeline (RSC/Theatre For A New Audience); Trans-Euro Express (Irish Arts Center). Selected Regional credits include: Smart People, What The Butler Saw (Huntington); Singing Forest (Long Wharf); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Roundhouse); Diosa (Hartford Stage); “Master Harold”… and the Boys (Playmakers Rep); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare & Co.). Film and Television: Run All Night, King Kelly, The Heart Machine, Song One, Kinsey, Strays, Life is what happens…, “The Newsroom,” “Louie,” “Longmire,” “Unforgettable,” “Elementary,” “Instinct,” “Doubt,” “Person Of Interest,” “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” “Law & Order,” “Chappelle’s Show,” and “Stranger’s With Candy.” Roderick is a graduate of The Juilliard School and The Interlochen Arts Academy. 

LEAH KARPEL (Becky Miller) Off-Broadway: Lewiston/Clarkston (Rattlestick); The Harvest (LCT3); Pocatello (Playwrights Horizons); Porto (Women’s Project). Regional: Miller, Mississippi (Dallas Theatre Center); Residence (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival); Appropriate, The Whale, We Are Proud to Present…(Victory Gardens Theatre); Buena Vista, The Glass Menagerie, The Hot L Baltimore (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Diary Of Anne Frank (Writers Theatre); The Commons of Pensacola (Northlight Theatre); 4000 Miles (Long Wharf Theatre);  Punk Rock (Griffin Theatre); Ten Chimneys (Milwaukee Repertory). Film/TV: Chicago Med; Patriot; Olympia. 

JACOB PERKINS (John Miller) is a writer and performer. His plays include the Home Church Play triptych, The Gold Room, Restaurant in D Major, and The Third Rail. He’s presented work at Ars Nova, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Page 73 @ Yale, Soho Rep., Two Headed Rep, Studio Tisch/NYU, Gibney Dance Center, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, and the NEWvember Festival, among others. He won the inaugural DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Award, was shortlisted for multiple O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conferences’, and received an Honorable Mention for the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. Current member of Ars Nova Play Group and alumnus of Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. As an actor, he last appeared in Alexander Borinsky’s Ding Dong It’s the Ocean (dir. Jeremy Bloom) at JACK. Upcoming: The Mar Vista at Signature Theatre. www.jacobdperkins.com.

BENJA KAY THOMAS (Doris Stevenson/Ruby) Long Wharf Debut. Off Broadway: Barbecue, Twelfth Night Workshop (Public Theater); Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage dir: Kwame Kwei-Armah); Miller, Mississippi (Ally Theater W.S); Booty Candy (Obie Award Winner, Playwrights Horizons,). Addition Regional: Alley Theater, Wilma Theater. Television and Film: “Gotham,” “Friends of The People,” “A Beautiful Distraction” (Netflix), Detective Chinatown 2, ICReep, Chronically Metropolitan, Warrior Class, A Gun or Jennifer.

 

CREATIVE TEAM


Set Design:  Kristen Robinson°
Costume Design:  Oana Botez°
Lighting Design:  Amith Chandrashaker°
Music & Sound Design:  Daniel Kluger°
Dialect Coach:  Chantal Jean-Pierre
Fight Director:  Greg Webster
Wig & Makeup Design:  Dave Bova
Video Design:  Paul Lieber
Original Content Video Design:  Brett Banakis
Production Stage Manager:  Brett Anders*
Casting by Calleri Casting

 

World premiere of MILLER, MISSISSIPPI produced by Dallas Theatre Center
Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director Jeffrey Woodward, Managing Director

MILLER, MISSISSIPPI was presented as part of the Contemporary American Voices Festival 
at Long Wharf Theatre, Fall 2016

Developed at the Alley Theatre All-New Festival, February 2016

Developed at the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, June 2015