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THE LIGHT

by LOY A. WEBB

directed by LOGAN VAUGHN

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“LOY WEBB is a very POTENT NEW VOICE.”

-The Chicago Tribune

Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light  introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two character drama.

Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who–and what–to believe? Directed by LOGAN VAUGHN, The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real-time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love. 

Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON
MCC THEATER SPACE
511 W 52 ST
NY, NY 10019

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Priority Booking
Patrons – NOV 1
Subscribers – NOV 16

General On Sale
DEC 12

Production Info
Run Time TBD / NO INTERMISSION
NO LATE SEATING / NO RE-ENTRY

In CONVERSATION  with the PLAYWRIGHT

“My mission for writing is always the same, and that is to be a POINTER OF HOPE. What I mean by that is, no matter the form, the story, or topic I write about, I always want my work to be the NEON BLINKING SIGN in the darkness saying, ‘hope this way.’

My goal with THE LIGHT is no different. I hope that it PROVOKES CONVERSATIONS around SEXUAL VIOLENCE, and why VICTIMS OF COLOR are so often left on the periphery of those conversations. And what we can do as a COMMUNITY to better UPLIFT and SUPPORT those victims.

I hope it sparks not just conversation but ACTION, about how men in particular can be better support systems to the women in their lives. “

-Loy A. Webb, playwright

I always want MY WORK
to be the NEON BLINKING
SIGN in the DARKNESS
saying, ‘HOPE THIS WAY.’

Cast & Creative

McKinley Belcher III

Rashad

McKinley Belcher III

Rashad

McKinley Belcher III (Rashad) recently wrapped filming on The Art of Racing in The Rain, directed by Simon Curtis, starring Amanda Seyfried, for Fox 2000. He will next star in the upcoming FOX series “The Passage.” He is best known for his lead role in the period medical drama series “Mercy Street.” His television credits include guest and recurring roles on numerous network and cable television series. Most notably, he starred in David Simon’s cable miniseries, “Show Me a Hero,” and in the cable drama “Power.” McKinley made his film debut in John Sayles’ 2013 independent film, Go for Sisters. He recently appeared in the biopic Mapplethorpe, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Currently, McKinley can be seen in a recurring role on the streaming series “Ozark.” Raised in Atlanta, he currently resides in New York City.

Mandi Masden

Genesis

Mandi Masden

Genesis

Mandi Masden (Genesis) is a London born, Wyoming bred actor and writer. Broadway credits include Saint Joan and Jitney (MTC, 2017 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play). Off-Broadway she appeared in Our Lady of Kibeho, The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre Company), and Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA). She has worked with numerous theatre companies including Yale Rep, The Public, NYTW, Longwarf, Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, The Billie Holiday, and NYS&F, and has appeared regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Denver Center. Film/TV: “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Madam Secretary,” ”Law & Order: SVU,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Knick,” Theresa Rebeck’s Trouble with Angelica Houston and Bill Pullman, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. B.A. Macalester College, M.F.A. National Theatre Conservatory. For support or information on surviving sexual assault please contact RAINN.org or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Loy A. Webb

playwright

Loy A. Webb

playwright

Loy A. Webb is a Chicago born playwright and theatre journalist. Her debut play The Light premiered in January 2018 at The New Colony, where it was cited as one of the highest rated shows in Chicago by Theatre in Chicago. Her newest play, His Shadow, is currently in development at Chicago Dramatists where she is an inaugural Tutterow Fellow. Her one-act plays have been produced at Black Ensemble Theatre,  American Theater Company, 20 Percent Theatre Company Chicago, GI60 International One Minute Play Festival, Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company New York, and the Black Lives, Black Words International Project. As a theatre journalist she is a member of the Association of Women of Journalist-Chicago, a past mentor with the AWJ-Chicago/Goodman Theatre’s Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program, and a contributing theater critic for Newcity.  Loy holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.

Logan Vaughn

director

Logan Vaughn

director

Logan Vaughn is a New York based Artist and Director. In 2008 Logan was awarded the Goodman Theater’s prestigious Joyce Arts Fellowship in Casting and subsequently worked as an Associate in the Tony Award winning theater’s casting department for five seasons. Logan was Playwrights Horizon’s Director in Residence 2012-2013. In 2012 Logan was also named a Member of the Director’s Lab, Lincoln Center. As a Director she has worked with Geva Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Baltimore Center Stage, Mosaic Theatre, 59E59, National Black Theatre and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Logan, most recently directed the World Premiere of Mat Smart’s The Agitators at Geva Theatre where it became the Best Selling World Premiere in Geva Theatre’s history.

set design by KIMIE NISHIKAWA 
costume design by EMILIO SOSA
lighting design by BEN STANTON
sound design by ELISHEBA ITTOOP

casting TELSEY + COMPANY/ ADAM CALDWELL, CSA, WILL CANTLER, CSA, KARYN CASL, CSA 

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