Friday April 28, 2017
“One surefire crowd-pleaser” – “N.Y. Times
A West Coast Premiere at Sacred Fools Theatre
The high-stakes world of Civil War–era horse racing sets the stage for this captivating drama during a time of slavery and Reconstruction. Colonel Wiley Johnson owns both Simon Cato, a smart, cocky ‘colored’ jockey, and his horse, Pure Confidence. Cato uses his wits and his championship winnings to buy his and his wife’s freedom, but the Civil War changed everything.
Originally commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pure Confidence premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
This surprisingly funny and daring story takes a look at the complexity of race relations, love and dignity in the second half of the nineteenth century. Against a vivid backdrop of fast horses, gritty racetracks and high-stakes betting, PURE CONFIDENCE is an extraordinary tale of human triumphs and failings.
“Rollickingly accomplished…has a big juicy vision, a stylistic verve and a credible story that supports its ideas.” – Variety
Carlyle Brown (Playwright) is a celebrated playwright and recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trust, and many more. His first professional production was Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show at Penumbra Theatre Company, which then premiered his The African Company Presents Richard III, and Buffalo Hair (National McKnight Fellowship). Additional plays include The Negro of Peter the Great, A Big Blue Nail, Dartmoor Prison, Down in Mississippi and others. Brown has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Goodman Theater. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2010 recipient of the Otto Rene’ Castillo Award for Political Theatre, and 2010 United States Artists Fellow.
Director Marya Mazor recently helmed Ivy & Bean at South Coast Rep. At the Open Fist her production of Albee’s The Goat was named Best Play of the Year by OC Weekly, and she is recognized locally for directing Time Stands Still, and Overlooked at the multi-award winning Chance Theater. Marya was one of only eight chosen to participate in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, where she directed The Winged Man, by Academy Award Nominee Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries). The film appeared around the world in festivals including ComiCon and Athens International, airing on SiTV and now on iTunes. She is a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts/TCG Directing Fellowship and she holds an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.
Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble (Producers) presents the finest in classical, contemporary and emerging American Theatre through the lens of the artist of color. Their aim is to explore the truth and reality that lies beneath the lower depth of our existence by offering our audiences thought-provoking, challenging and humorous looks at the human spirit. Past productions include Dontrell, Who Kissed The Sea by Nathan Alan Davis and Bulrusher by Eisa Davis (co-produced with Skylight Theatre Company), Three Sisters After Chekhov by Mustafa Matura and Elmina’s Kitchen by Kwam Kwei-Armah. Through their IN DEPTH/ Play Reading Series and BREAKING GROUND/ New Play Workshop programs LDTE has explored such playwrights as Kermit Frazier, Wendy Graf, Young Jean Lee, Thomas Bradshaw, Biyi Bandele, and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. In 2010 and 2012 LDTE garnered two NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Set Design and Best Ensemble.
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Cast: Armond Edward Dorsey (Simon Cato), Tamarra Graham (Caroline), Eamon Hunt (George Dewitt/HotelClerk), Deborah Puette (Mattie Johnson), William Salyers (Colonel Wiley Johnson), and Dylan John Seaton (Auctioneer/Tom Roland).
Production Team: Tom Buderwitz (Set Design), Pablo Santiago (Lighting Design), John Nobori (Sound Design), Mylette Nora (Costume Design), Nicholas Santiago (Projection Design), and Michael Allen Angel (Props Design)
Pure Confidence opens at 8pm on Saturday, April 8th and runs 8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 3pm Sundays through April 30, 2017. Sacred Fools is located at 1076 Lillian Way Los Angeles, CA 90038. Tickets $25 – $34. Reservation at www.lower-depth.com/on-stage and (323) 960-7745. Wheelchair access and ample street parking