SNEAK PEEK EVENT: Up close with the cast and creative team from this new fantastical coming-of-age play.
BLACK THEATER NIGHT
QUEER THEATER NIGHT
THU, FEB 13 7:30 PM
TUE, MAR 10 7:30 PM
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ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS is a fantastical new coming-of-age comedy written by C.A. JOHNSON (MCC debut) and directed by KATE WHORISKEY (SWEAT, RUINED).
Sixteen year old Keyonna and her older brother Samuel live on the brink of eviction while dreaming of a better tomorrow. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes into a world of rom coms, red carpets and all the iconic characters played by her muse, Natalie Portman. But when “all the Natalie Portmans” start talking back to her, Keyonna finally has to face her off-screen drama in this imaginative new play that reminds us to embrace life on the ground while still reaching for the stars.
ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS was developed, in part, at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.
C.A. Johnson is MCC Theater’s 2019/20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence.
This production is supported by the R&S Shulman Fund at MCC Theater.
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Broadway: Network, Holler if Ya Hear Me. Off-Broadway: Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club), Mother Courage & Her Children (Classic Stage Company). Other theatre includes: Artney Jackson, Where Storms are Born, Actually (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Sticky Traps (Kansas City Rep), Brownsville Song (B-SIDE FOR TRAY) at the Humana Festival, In the Heights (Pioneer Theater), Choir Boy (Alliance). TV/Film: Premature (Sundance ’19), Wheels, Fan Girl, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Seven Seconds” (Netflix). BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
ELISE KIBLER is a female with brown hair and a strong immune system. Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles and This is Our Youth. Off-Broadway: Mies Julie (Classic Stage Company), Napoli, Brooklyn (Roundabout Theatre Company), Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons), London Wall (Mint Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Square). Film: “The Sunlit Night”, “Hamlet in the Golden Vale”. BFA: NYU Tisch, Maurice Kanbar Film & TV.
RENIKA WILLIAMS is proud to be making her MCC Off- Broadway Debut! She recently starred in C.A. Johnson’s THE CLIMB at Cherry Lane Theatre and is excited to be working with her again. Off Broadway: SWEET (National Black Theatre) Select Regional Theatre: The World Premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s MUD ROW (People’s Light Theatre), PIPELINE (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville & Indiana Repertory Theatre), Toni Morrison’s THE BLUEST EYE (Arden Theatre Company), ANTIGONE (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), & A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company). Her television debut will be on the new streaming series INTRUSION in 2020. Renika would like to thank her family, friends, and her Avalon Artists Group team for all of their support. Wright State University Alum. www.renikawilliams1.com Matthews 5:14.
Harlem Born and raised. Theater: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven (dir. John Ortiz, The Atlantic), The New Englanders (dir. Saheem Ali, MTC), Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d (dir. Awoye Timpo, The Duke), Cullud Wattah(The Public), Syncing Ink (dir. Niegel Smith, Alley Theatre, The Flea), Pretty Hunger (dir. Martha Banta, The Public). LAByrinth Theater Company Member and Original member of Thania All-Stars. Film/TV: The lead in Hair Wolf, winner of Sundance 2018 Short film Jury Award: US fiction, “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO), “The Punisher” (Netflix) & Live Voice Over Announcer for 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, MTV’s “Girl Code” (4 seasons). @karaakter
C.A. Johnson hails from Metairie, Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens, NY. Her plays include Thirst (2017 Kilroys List, The Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Climb (Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2019), An American Feast (NYU Playwrights Horizons Theater School), All The Natalie Portmans, and Mother Tongue. She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow, The Lark’s 2016-17 Van Lier Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a member of The Civilians R&D Group, and a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her work has been developed with The Lark, PlayPenn, Luna Stage, Open Bar Theatricals, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, C.A. was chosen for a Sundance/Ucross Fellowship and the 2018 Sundance Theatre Lab in Marrakesh, Morocco. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU. MCC’s 2019-20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence.
Kate’s work has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally. On Broadway, she directed Sweat at Studio 54, and Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square. Off Broadway credits include Songs for a New World at Encores Off Center; How I Learned to Drive at Second Stage; Sweat at the Public; Ruined at Manhattan Theatre Club; Her Requiem at Lincoln Center Theatre; Aubergine, Fabulation and Inked Baby at Playwrights Horizons; The Piano Teacher at the Vineyard among others. Regional credits include the Goodman, the Geffen, South Coast Rep, Sundance Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre, the Huntington, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, Arena, among others. Her opera direction has been seen at the Chatelet in Paris and Teatro Municipal in Brazil. She has also taught at Princeton, NYU and UC Davis.
set design by DONYALE WERLE
costume design by JENNIFER MOELLER
lighting design by STACEY DEROSIER
sound design by SINAN REFIK ZAFAR
prop master ALEXANDER WYLIE
production stage manager ALEXANDRA HALL
casting by TELSEY + COMPANY / WILLIAM CANTLER, CSA, DESTINY LILLY, CSA
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