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BRENDA MARKSShe has performed in theater productions throughout the greater Pittsburgh area for several decades. Brenda was last seen in New Horizon Theatre’s production of The Dance on Widow’s Row, playing the role of Lois. She also had the honor of performing in The Code, in the role of Susan, as part of Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company’s annual festival.GRACE
EDWIN LEE GIBSON *He is an actor whose theater credits include The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Orange Is The New Black), American Theatre Company, Chicago; U.S. premiere of Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, Minetta Lane Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop; Turquoise by Deb Margolin, Dixon Place Theatre, New York; The Bellagio Fountain Has Been Known To Make Me Cry by Renee Philipi, Concrete Temple Theatre, New York; and The Death of Bessie Smith by Edward Albee, New Brooklyn Theatre. Television credits include three episodes of Law and Order: SVU as Counselor Orton Freeman. Mr. Gibson will make his Showtime Network debut on the William H. Macy series, Shameless. He recently directed Lower Ninth at the Kaufmann Center in Pittsburgh. Mr. Gibson is the recipient of the coveted OBIE Award (Off-Broadway in Excellence) for Outstanding Performance. * Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationAVERY
GARBIE DUKES *He has been performing professionally since 1992. His television credits include Unsolved Mysteries, as well as a national GE Aviation commercial, several regional commercials and numerous industrial videos. * Member of Actors’ Equity AssociationGarbie’s stage credits include productions at City Theatre, August Wilson Center, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, David Lawrence Convention Center and numerous other venues. He has performed the National Anthem four times at PNC Park for Pittsburgh Pirates games. He performs as a musician in jazz and cabaret shows with John Holt Productions. Garbie has been a musician and choir director at several local churches, and is a proud union member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.WINING BOY
KARLA C. PAYNEShe is a veteran stage actress and has appeared in countless productions, including New Horizon Theater’s The Dance on Widow’s Row, Queens of the Blues and Do Lord Remember Me. Payne’s musical theater work includes The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. She has made several performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity produced by Shona Sharif African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Payne is an accomplished spoken word artist. In 2012, she released her award-winning, debut spoken word recording, Words Unspoken, under her pen name, Spirit-Lead. In August, 2015, she released her first poetry chapbook, From My Indigo Pen.BERNIECE
KEVIN BROWNHe is a native of August Wilson's Hill District and is over the moon to be a part of this cast. Brown has appeared in seven of August Wilson's 10-play Century Cycle. Brown appeared in New Horizon Theater's world premiere Queens of The Blues as Thomas Dorsey, the father of gospel music. He recently filmed a remake of the classic “crying Indian” commercial for PRC's anti-littering campaign. Brown’s additional theater credits include Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of The Ocean, Radio Golf, Comfort Zone, Romance, Do Lord Remember Me, Driving Miss Daisy, Gospel at Colonus, Beautiful Dreamer, Last of the Line, Livin' Fat, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Flight, Jelly's Last Jam, Mahalia Jackson: Standing on Holy Ground, Get Ready, Blue, Sophisticated Ladies and The Billie Holiday Story at the Grahamstown Theater Festival (South Africa).DOAKER
MONTEZE FREELANDHe is an actor and director by way of Baltimore, who has made Pittsburgh his theatrical home. A graduate of Point Park University and Artistic Director of The LAB Project, Monteze has worked with City Theatre (Young Playwrights Festival), The Pittsburgh Playhouse (Parade, No Place To Be Somebody, Thou Shalt Not), Quantum Theatre (The Electric Baby), The Hiawatha Project (Camino and JH: Mechanics of a Legend), Kuntu Repertory Theatre (Radio Golf), Prime Stage Theatre (Of Mice and Men and Fahrenheit 451), Black and White Productions (Sweeney Todd and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Throughline Theater Company (Angels in America). He earned the Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr. Award for his work in Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Ananse andThe Glueman. Monteze is thrilled to return to Pittsburgh Playwrights after last being seen in Congo Square, and a one-night stint in Ray Werner’s Christmas Star. Innumerable thanks to Mark Southers for his tutelage and mentorship.LYMON
NIA WOODSONis a fifth grader at Liberty Elementary school. Her acting debut was playing the role of Cordelia in Shakespeare’s King Lear, and she was cast by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company as Raynell in August Wilson’s Fences. Nia attends the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and runs track and field.  Nia would like to thank Mark Clayton Southers for supporting her dreams of being an actress.MARETHA
TRYSTA MIRI LEI FIELDSShe is making her acting debut with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. Trysta is the daughter of actor LaMar Darnell Fields and is an honor student at Pittsburgh Dilworth. She enjoys singing, dancing, playing soccer and creating plays with her cousin.MARETHA
WALI JAMALHonored and proud to be performing in his 10th production  from August Wilson’s 10­play Century Cycle. Jamal’s past performances of August  Wilson’s work include: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Toledo), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Seth Holly), Seven Guitars (Canewell) with Kuntu Repertory, The Piano Lesson (Avery),  Seven Guitars (Hedley), Two Trains Running (Wolf), Jitney (Doub), Gem of the Ocean (Caesar) and Radio Golf (Sterling) with Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company. This  production of The Piano Lesson makes number nine, leaving King Hedley to complete  the Century Cycle.BOY WILLIE



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