Cast Announced for World Premiere of And Then Came Tomorrow at Fayetteville State University
The Department of Performing & Fine Arts is pleased to announce the cast list for its world premiere production of And Then Came Tomorrow by Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. The cast is comprised of stellar local actors including: Mitch Capel, Sonny Kelly, Steven Bates, Robyne Parrish, Lee Younger, and FSU Student Lydia Williamson.
Mitch Capel, also known as Gran’Daddy Junebug, is a storyteller, recording artist, poet, actor and author…was born and raised in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He has been bringing stories to life and delighting audiences throughout the United States with his warmth, wit and compelling storytelling style since 1985.
Sonny Kelly is the Director of Operations & Programs at Fayetteville Urban Ministry. He has an M.A. in Communication Studies from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, and a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. He ministers at Christ Gospel Church of Hope Mills. He recently played Stokely Carmichael in Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s The Parchman Hour.
Robyne Parrish is Artistic Director at Fayetteville’s Gilbert Theater. She relocated to Fayetteville from NYC where she worked as Director, Actor and teaching artist. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre, NYC now in it’s 11th season. She recently appeared in Temple Theatre’s The Smell of the Kill.
Steven Bates as been seen locally in productions at Cape Fear Regional Theatre.
The cast will appear in the new play later this month. And Then Came Tomorrow… will run April 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, and 28, in Butler Theater at Fayetteville State University and will feature a stellar cast and crew of local professionals and FSU students.
Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. is the 2011-2013 FSU Visiting Professor in Theater. Mr. Bennett is working on a host of projects, courses, and performances, including work with FSU’s vibrant 24 Hour Theatre Project, a student short film festival, and script development. Bennett holds a MFA in playwriting from Yale University’s School of Drama and an MFA in Acting from UCLA. The culmination of his tenure is the world premiere of a new play especially written for FSU and Fayetteville. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun,” the new play addresses similar issues – race relations, the American Dream, equality – but in the context of “post-racial” America.
The production received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at Fayetteville State University (FSU) is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Department is recommended for a $15,000.00 grant to support the commission of a new play entitled And Then Came Tomorrow by Walter Allen Bennett, Jr. “I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including And Then Came Tomorrow,” said Chairman Landesman. ”These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”
Performances of And Then Came Tomorrow are April 20, 21 and 25-28, in Butler Theater on the campus of Fayetteville State University. Call the FSU box office at 910-672-1724 for tickets.
For more information about this performance or the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, please contact Dr. Earnest Lamb at 910-672-1571 or Jeremy Fiebig at 910-672-2574. Further details about the performance, including behind-the-scenes information, videos, and study guides for local educators will be available soon at www.uncfsu.edu/arts.