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JOE MORTON (Dick Gregory) is an Emmy® Award and multiple NAACP Image Award winning film, television and stage veteran. Morton made his Broadway debut in Tony award winning play Hair and garnered a Tony nomination for his performance in Raisin. He also performed in Art on Broadway (and in London’s West End) with Judd Hirsch and George Wendt as well as David Hare’s Stuff Happens at the National Theatre in London as ‘Colin Powell’. Morton is widely known in film for playing the title character in the sci-fi film The Brother From Another Planet, the ill-fated scientist ‘Miles Dyson’ in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and ‘Captain McMahon’ in Speed. The Broadway trained, decorated actor has over 40 years of experience in theatre, television and film, and is best known for his dynamic Emmy-winning role as “Rowan/Eli Pope” in the groundbreaking series “Scandal” on ABC. 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CARLIN (Comedian/Heckler/Interviewer). Off-Broadway: Uncle Vanya (Pearl Theatre Co. u/s). International: How It Plays Out (Luton, UK). Regional: Oklahoma! (Bard Summerscape), Dead Accounts (Hampton Theatre Co.), Time Stands Still (Hampton Theatre Co.). Film: See You Around (funnyordie.com). A former RCA recording artist and independent solo artist (“one of NYC’s better-kept secrets” - TimeOutNY), John is also a proud member of Reverend Billy & e Stop Shopping Choir, an activist choir that has toured Europe and the US, most recently with Joan Baez and Neil Young. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEPHEN DEXTER (Understudy). Off-Bway: AZAK (Rattlestick), Pearl (Davenport Theater), Playing With Fire (The Box), MBGIW (St. Luke’s Theatre), 1931 ( The Living Theater). He has also performed at the LAByrinth Theater, Atlantic Stage 2, NYTW, & Primary Stages (Rockwell Fellowship recipient). International: Hikobae (Galaxy Theatre, Tokyo). Film/TV: “Physical Attraction”, “Nineteen Steps”, and “Time To Pay Off Debts”, “Momsters”, “Conversion”. Voice-over actor for Audible.com. Training: Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Bob Krakower, & e LAByrinth Theater Co. Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Deep gratitude to John, Joe, Actor John, Jack Doulin, the crew, and the man himself, Mr. Dick Gregory. SAG- AFTRA/AEA. www.stephendexter.com 

 

 

 

 

 

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GRETCHEN LAW (Playwright) is the author of five full-length plays. The Adventures Of A Black Girl In Search Of Her God was adapted from a Bernard Shaw story of the same title and has been approved for production by The Society of Authors. Al Sharpton for President was a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, 2006. Turn Me Loose was workshopped by the Atlantic Theater Company, New York Stage and Film and at New York Theatre Workshop. Additionally, her plays, including History Lessons and Loving Charley Pride, have been read at e National Black Theater Festival, The Players, The National Arts Club, the Harlem Theater Company, the LAByrinth Theater Company and The Dramatist Guild, of which she is a member. She is a longtime member of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop. Gretchen is a practicing psychotherapist with degrees from Yale Divinity School and the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 1991 she founded the Parents’ Foundation, 100 Broadway, in New Haven, CT, a residential community for adults with psychiatric illnesses. She resides in Guilford, CT. 

DICK GREGORY was born October 12, 1932, in St. Louis, Mo. He’s one of America’s most brilliant comedians and civil rights activists whose social satire changed the way whites perceived Black comedians. He was so successful when the Playboy Club booked him to replace a white comedian that the Club offered him a contract for 3 years afterwards. His biography wouldn’t be complete without saying that his wife, Lil, and he had 10 children. His style is detached, ironic and satirical and draws on current events for much of his material. He’s always demonstrated a strong sense of social justice, and took part in the Civil Rights Movement, using his celebrity status to draw attention to injustice. His autobiography, Nigger, became a #1 best-selling book. His choice for the title was explained as “Whenever you hear the word ‘Nigger’, you’ll know they’re advertising my book.” In 2015, he received his Hollywood Star.

JOHN GOULD RUBIN (Director) is Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, for which he mounted a site-specific production of Hedda Gabler, and Strindberg’s Playing with Fire (at the notorious burlesque house, The Box.) He was co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company, for which he directed eight productions (including premieres by John Patrick Shanley and Erin Cressida Wilson,) produced Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train and Our Lady of 121st Street. Other recent work includes: Mother Courage at the Harold Clurman Laboratory Theater, Michael Ricigliano’s, Queen For A Day, Off-Broadway; The Cherry Orchard with Ellen Burstyn at The Actor’s Studio; and Peer Gynt centered on wheel-chair-using actor, Neil Hancock for The International Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway. Next season he will be represented by Mr. Ricigliano’s new play, Phelan House, three new works - one on the political polarization of America, another on the unique life of Sargent Shriver and a third on the idiosyncratic career of Erik Satie; and an Afro-German production of Hedda Gabler, in Berlin. 

CHRIS BARRECA (Scenic Design). Broadway; Rocky (2014 Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle),Search and Destroy, Our Country’s Good, Marie Christine, The Violet Hour, Marquez’s- Chronicle of a Death Foretold (American Theatre Wing). Off-Broadway; Painted Rocks, The Train Driver, Blood Knot, Three Days of Rain (Drama Desk nomination), Everett Beekin, Bernarda Alba, Roberto Zucco, Neon Psalms (American Theater Wing nomination), Opera; Matsukaze (Lincoln Center/Spoleto), Peach Blossom Fan, Soyinka’s Scourge of Hyacinths (BMW Award Nomination). Regional; Culture Clash’s The Birds, Charles Ludlums, Hedda Gabler, Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles. Internationally; King Lear (Dijon Festival), Stephen Dallane’s Solo Macbeth (Almeida, London). Directing; Dachniki, (Золотой Софит Nomination, Russia). 

SUSAN HILFERTY (Costume Design). Over 300 productions across the globe. Wicked earned her the triple crown- Tony, OCC and Drama Desk awards. Her many other awards include OBIE (Sustained Excellence in Design). Directorial collaborators include Akalaitis, Alágic, Laurie Anderson, Arbus, Ashley, Bobbie, Bogart, Eustis, Edelstein, Elliot, Ellis, Falls, Farber, Galati, Hynes, Kushner, Lamos, Lapine, Mann, Mantello, Mayer, McAnu , McClinton, Richard Nelson, Pepe, Rothman, Sher, Sullivan, Taichman, Woodru , Doug Wright and the late Garland Wright. Forty productions with South African playwright Athol Fugard (set/ costume designer and co-director). Hilferty designs for opera, film, dance, circus (Ringling Brothers) and concerts (Taylor Swift ). She chairs Graduate Design NYU/Tisch. 

STEPHEN STRAWBRIDGE (Lighting Design). More than 200 productions on and off-Broadway, at most leading regional theaters and opera houses across the US and internationally in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Lisbon, Linz, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stockholm and Vienna. Recent: Pericles, directed by Trevor Nunn, TFANA; Happy Days, with Diane Wiest, Yale Rep; Echo in Camera, Dialog Festival 2015, Wroclaw, Poland. Awards and nominations: American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel. Co-chair, Design Department, Yale University School of Drama; Resident Lighting Designer, Yale Rep. 

LEON ROTHENBERG (Sound Designer). Select Broadway: Violet, The Realistic Joneses, The Nance (Tony Award), The Heiress, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Nom). Select New York and Off-Broadway: New York City Center, Culture Project, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Tectonic Theater Project, Women’s Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public Theater. Select regional: Huntington, A.C.T., Williamstown Theater Festival, Merrimack Rep, Deleware Theater Co, Portland Center Stage, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Two River Theater, North Shore Music Theater, Long Wharf, McCarter, Intiman, Theatre By The Sea. International: Cirque du Soleil, National Theatre of Cyprus, and Dijon Festival. Faculty, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.klaxson.net

KATHY FABIAN (Props Supervisor). Recent Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, China Doll, On Your Feet, The King and I, An American In Paris, The Real Thing, The Realistic Joneses, If/ Then, Rocky, The Bridges of Madison County, I’ll Eat You Last, Kinky Boots, Lucky Guy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Chaplin, Nice Work If You Can Get It, A Streetcar Named Desire, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Stick Fly, Relatively Speaking, The Normal Heart, House of Blue Leaves, Anything Goes, A Life in the Theatre, Fences, A Behanding in Spokane, Race, Fela! Off Broadway: Tamburlaine, (TFANA); Piece of My Heart and Appropriate, (Signature Theatre). 

JACK DOULIN (Casting Director). Jack has been the Casting Director at New York Theatre Workshop since 2000. Productions include: Love and Information , Peter and the Starcatcher, Homebody / Kabul, Far Away, A Number,  Hedda Gabler, The Misanthrope and The Little Foxes.  Other NYC highlights include two notable productions of Uncle Vanya: Andre Gregory’s production with Julianne Moore and Wallace Shawn (filmed by Louis Malle as Vanya on 42nd Street), and Annie Baker’s adaptation with Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia and Michael Shannon, directed by Sam Gold. For SoHo Rep: Blasted, A Public Reading...Disney, Marie Antoinette. Film: New Orleans, Mon Amour directed by Michael Almereyda and Jonathan Demme’s A Master Builder. 

SHARKEY (Casting Associate). Sharky, also known as Taylor Williams, serves as the Casting Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. Together with Jack Doulin, she recently cast: Oklahoma! (Bard SummerScape), Scenes from a Marriage (NYTW), You Got Older (P73), City of Conversation (Arena Stage),An Octoroon (Soho Rep and TFANA), Revolt. She Said.  Revolt Again (Soho Rep) Red Speedo (NTYW) and the upcoming Hadestown (NYTW).

CHERYL DENNIS (General Manager) has worked as a general, company and theatre manager for the past 15 years on over 30 distinguished and award winning productions. As General Manager - White Rabbit Red Rabbit, A Queen for a Day, Consent, Reading Under The Influence, Treasure Island, In The Daylight, Stain. As Company Manager - Broadway: Barefoot In The Park, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Golda’s Balcony, ‘night Mother, Metamorphoses, True West, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; Off-Broadway: tick, tick, boom!, Altar Boyz, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, Passion Play and The Last Five Years. She currently house manages Circle In The Square Theatre. She is a managing member of The Private Theatre Company and has previously served on the board of the Fordham University Theatre Department. 

LIBBY JENSEN (Production Manager) is a freelance Production Manager and Resident PM at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Recent credits include: House Rules (Ma-Yi Theater Co.), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), Washer/Dryer (Ma- Yi), Hard Love (TACT), Butcher (Harold Clurman Lab), Bombed (HC Lab), Consent (Roundabout), A Queen for a Day (St. Clement’s), Soldier X (Ma-Yi), Three Sisters (HC Lab), Livin’ La Vida Imelda (Ma- Yi), Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi), Cherry Smoke ( The Working Theater), and Hellman v. McCarthy (Abingdon). www.libbyjensen.weebly.com 

ERIN CASS (Stage Manager). Most recently, Erin was the Production Stage Manager for the Off-Broadway premiere of Queen For A Day, directed by John Gould Rubin. Other recent productions include Production Manager and Stage Manager for Pilobolus Dance Theater’s international tour of Shadowland and as the Stage Manager for the International WOW Company’s tour and run of Solutions:Grassroots. She was the Assistant to Megan Mullally for the Broadway premiere of Young Frankenstein. Erin has stage managed extensively throughout the US and Europe. She has also worked in film and television production in NY and LA

LILLY DEERWATER (Assistant Stage Manager). On Broadway: Qualms, Placebo, Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective), Everything is Here (Clubbed Thumb). Regional Credits: Design for Living, Benefactors (Berkshire Theatre Group), Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy & Max, 4000 Miles (South Coast Repertory). 

MORGAN JENNESS (Dramaturg). Over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities including Director of Play Development and Associate Producer. She also served Associate Artistic Director at the NY Theater Workshop, Associate Director at the LA Theater Center of new projects, as well as worked as a dramaturg, workshop director, and/or artistic consultant at theaters and new play programs across the country, including The Young Playwrights Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, e Playwrights Center/Playlabs, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Double Image/New York Stage and Film, CSC, Victory Gardens, Hartford Stage, and Center Stage. She is currently on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University. In 1998, Jenness joined Helen Merrill Ltd. as Creative Director and subsequently held a position in the Literary Department at Abrams Artists Agency. In 2003, Jenness was presented with an Obie Award Special Citation for Longtime Support of Playwrights and is a current recipient of the Duke Impact Award. 

JOHN LEGEND (Producer). Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum selling singer-songwriter. His work has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others. Legend is a principal at Get Lifted Film Co., an entertainment production company based in Los Angeles.

GET LIFTED FILM CO. (Producer) is an entertainment production company based in Los Angeles that has sold projects to networks including ABC, FOX, HBO, Showtime, MTV, and WGN America. Get Lifted is dedicated to developing material for television, film, and theatre that lifts awareness and inspires change across all audiences. They are Executive Producers on WGN’s critically acclaimed drama series “Underground”.

MIKE JACKSON (Producer). A native of Philadelphia, Jackson began his career in advertising in New York and worked on several Broadway campaigns including Chicago: the Musical. Jackson founded Cojax Entertainment Group, an entertainment and management company that represented Oscar and Grammy award-winning artist John Legend. After CEG, he returned to filmed entertainment and became partner at Get Lifted Film based in Los Angeles.

JACKIE JUDD (Producer) is a producer, dramaturg and investor. She has served on the Boards of the LAByrinth Theater Company, The Edge and The Private Theatre. With her partner, director John Ferraro, she has developed, commissioned and/or produced more than a half-dozen plays for both commercial Off-Broadway and some of New York’s most esteemed not-for-profit theaters. Jackie has also invested in several Broadway shows including Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can, Legally Blonde, Cinderella, The Heiress, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Disgraced. Special thanks to Armondo Acosta. 

THE PRIVATE THEATRE (Producer) was founded in 1979 dedicated to intimate and raw theater. History: Heiner Müller’s premiere in the US (Philoctetes 1983,) The Maids (site-specific 1985,) An Unseen Energy Swallows Space (1985,) Our Father by Michael Stephens (NY, London, Edinburgh, 1982-6), The Last American in Paris (1987, devised, Ann Arbor and NY,) Jesus Hopped The A Train (2000, original LAByrinth production, Edinburgh), The Fartiste (2006, NYFringe, “Outstanding Musical,”) Hedda Gabler (2010, site-specific) Strindberg’s Playing With Fire (deconstructed/ multi-media, 2012, The Box, NYC.) Present plans include The America Project (a devised piece about the political polarization of America,) The Sargent Shriver Project and a radical re-conception of Ibsen’s A Dolls’ House. 

CHERYL DENNIS (General Manager/Producer) has worked as a general, company and theatre manager for the past 15 years on over 30 distinguished and award winning productions. As General Manager - A Queen for a Day, Consent, Reading Under The Influence, Treasure Island, In The Daylight, Stain. As Company Manager - Broadway: Barefoot In The Park, Steel Magnolias, Frozen, Golda's Balcony, 'night Mother, Metamorphoses, True West, Russell Simmons Def Poetry. Jam; Off-Broadway: tick, tick, boom!, Altar Boyz, Jesus Hopped the A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, Passion Play and The Last Five Years. She currently manages Circle In The Square Theatre. Broadway theatre management include include Fun Home, The River, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Bronx Bombers, Soul Doctor, Godspell, Lombardi, The Miracle Worker, and The Norman Conquests. She is a managing member of The Private Theatre Company and has previously served on the board of the Fordham University Alumni Theatre Department.

ERIC FALKENSTEIN (Producer) works in issue-driven theater, film and charitable events. He’s currently at work with associates of Martin Luther King, Jr. on a two-part play about Dr. King’s life. Broadway includes: All My Sons; Bridge & Tunnel; Clybourne Park; The Color Purple; Coram Boy; Democracy; The History Boys; Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Ragtime; Thurgood; Whoopi. Film: The Butler; On Coal River; The Inevitable Defeat... 

RON SIMONS (ProducerHughie, Gin Game, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony Award), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award), Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Tony Award), A Streetcar Named Desire

BETH HUBBARD (Producer). TV/Film Producer Beth Hubbard’s career began at The Mount Company in production on Bull Durham and Tequila Sunrise. She supervised Sean Penn’s directorial debut, Indian Runner starring Vigo Mortensen and Patricia Arquette. As an independent producer she produced RITUAL starring Clarence Williams and Denise Nicholas (Ventura Films), Woo starring Jada Pinkett (New Line Cinema) and Runteldat starring Martin Lawrence (MTV/Paramount). She is producing the Recy Taylor Story for HBO and Turn Me Loose starring Joe Morton. 

MARY ELLEN LORENZO (Producer). Film: The Brooklyn Banker, You Never Asked.
Business Woman and Philanthropist, Mary Ellen devotes her time between running her award winning thoroughbred stable, MEB Stables, and support of numerous charities. Mary Ellen is excited to be working with Joe Morton and the team of Turn Me Loose

CZEKJA ARTISTIC PRODUCTIONS (Producer). Anna is a Trustee of Westport Country Playhouse. Her theatre productions: A Little Night Music (West End, Broadway), Miracle Worker. Sponsor: Love & Money, Sing for Your Shakespeare, Brooklyn’s Opera Film Festival; Opera singer and proud mother of Nikki, Allie and Jake! 

PETER ASKIN (Producer). New York: Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Trumbo; John Leguizamo’s Sexaholix, Spic-O-Rama, Mambo Mouth; Eve Ensler’s The Good Body; Paul Weitz’s Show People, Privilege; Dael Orlandersmith’s Monster, Beauty’s Daughter. Regional: Old Globe, Goodman, A.R.T., McCarter. Film: Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, Trumbo, Certainty, Company Man, Spic-O-Rama (HBO). 

MICHAEL FINE (Producer) is the founder of Fine Creative Media and mediander.com, and the publisher of the Barnes & Noble Classics and MJF Books. He served on the board of LAByrinth for six years. This is his first producing credit in theater: a privilege, not an investment. 

JAMIE deROY (Producer) Broadway: Three Time Tony Award-winner: Gentleman’s Guide, Vanya & Sonia, Norman Conquests. Bright Star, China Doll, Gin Game, Fiddler, Cinderella, Addams Family, Finian’s Rainbow, Ragtime, Blithe Spirit, Seagull, Thurgood, etc. Off-Broadway: Cagney, The Lion, Exit Strategy, Black Tie, etc. TV: “Jamie deRoy & friends,” “CityArts.” Films: Broadway: The Golden Age

RICHARD WINKLER (Producer). Following a 35-year international career as a lighting designer, producing since 2009. Tony Awards: The Norman Conquests (2009), La Cage (2009), Memphis(2010), Vanya & Sonia (2013). Other Broadway includes: Something Rotten!, Disgraced (2013 Pulitzer Prize), King Charles III (2016 Tony nom.). West End includes: The Children's Hour (Keira Knightley), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Olivier Award). Upcoming B’way: Come From Away.

KEN WIRTH (Producer). Ken Wirth 45 years in Financial Services business Greenwich CT. Business Manager for The Midtown Men. Producer Peter and The Star Catcher and UnCivil and Spun. Excited about TML and beyond. 

SUSAN AND ELINOR TATUM (Producer) mother/daughter producing team are excited to make their first foray into theatrical producing with Turn Me Loose. Producing this show is a tribute to our late husband/father Wilbert Tatum who with Dick Gregory tried to change the world.

DR. JUDITH PAGE (Associate Producer) is a passionate theatre lover and founder of Roberta Sheila Foundation for Obesity Prevention. A producer of Grace and investor in Disaster, Bright Star, American Psycho, is proud to spotlight Dick Gregory. 

WALK TALL GIRL PRODUCTIONS (WTGP) is a boutique marketing, audience development and group sales agency for the performing arts with special emphasis placed on the theater. Founded in 2000 by Marcia Pendelton, the company’s mission is to make the arts accessible to the widest possible audience. WTGP has been honored by the AUDELCO Awards, Black Public Relations Society of New York, and What’s the 411 Audience Development Award. Additionally, the company’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, The Network Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harlem News, and ABCNews.com. Clients for the 2015- 2016 include: The Public Theater, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, York Theatre Company, Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life, Amazing Grace, Motown The Musical, Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Culture Project, and Tyler Perry Productions 

RICHARD KORNBERG & ASSOCIATES (General Press Representative) has been representing Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, not for profit arts organizations and dance companies for over three decades. His clients include numerous Tony-award winners and nominees including the iconic original production of RENT, Hairspray, Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Will Rogers Follies, and I am My Own Wife, to name a few. Current clients include Finding Neverland, The Joyce Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Colt Coeur, Woodshed Collective, Canada’s Stratford Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Transport Group, Parsons Dance and Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. In addition, RKA represents Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actors including Estelle Parsons, and Brian Dennehy. Helmed by Richard Kornberg, who began his career with Joseph Papp and represented the Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival for over 15 years. 

THE WESTSIDE THEATRE, originally constructed in 1889 as a German Baptist Church, was extensively renovated, and opened In March 1991, under the management of Reno Productions, Inc. (Peter Askin, Director). The inaugural production was And the World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb. Turn Me Loose joins a host of successful productions that have been presented on these stages, including: The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey; Satchmo at the Waldorf; My Name Is Asher Lev; Love, Loss and What I Wore; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (a record-breaking twelve year run); Trumbo; The Vagina Monologues; Nixon’s Nixon; Full Gallop; The Food Chain; The Cryptogram; and Spic-O-Rama. Member, Broadway Green Alliance and the Off-Broadway League.