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Shed (3rd Annual BIPOC Play Fest)Credit Khaliq Photography

*Nov 25th staged reading is in partnership with

Prop Thtr & Chicago Dramatists

Imagine, in a rural Southern town, a Black mother holds her daughter’s racist rapist captive. A Time to Kill meets 12 Angry Men. This powerful parable of what could come if change never comes takes place in a small Southern town. Henrietta Nolan’s daughter, Kamalise, is raped by John Joseph Bailey. The Baileys are a prominent, white supremacy family. They basically own the town and therefore, are impervious to the law. The assault on Kamalise unearths buried memories of Henrietta’s own attack, coincidentally, by a member of the same family. Unable to live with this recurring nightmare, Henrietta is determined to put an end to the abuse the Baileys wield in this town. Employing a variety of tactics, Henrietta is hell-bent on exacting a confession from John Bailey. While Henrietta confronts John Bailey, her children explore the systemic racism and injustices in America. Through family stories, American history, and shared experiences, this suspense drama voices the unsaid, challenges the promise of America, and rips through the heart of one’s soul.  

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LN McConnell (She/Her)
 
Playwright


Lisa is an experienced actor, writer, and advertising storyteller. She has written visual stories as short as :06, captured the life story of Mrs. Evelyn Burrell, in a picture book format as well as a short documentary, and have penned a novel entitled Zoning Out, Zoning In: A Harlem Family Experience. Lisa is beyond thrilled to have joined the Advisory Board of Perceptions Theatre, as a member of the Literary Committee. And is extremely grateful that her debut stage play, Shed, was selected to be part of their 3rd Annual BIPOC Play Fest. Her education and training include Second City Training Center: Writing the Screenplay & TV Pilot, DePaul University: M.A., Creative Writing, and Queens College: B.A., Theatre & Communications. In August 2023, Lisa looks forward to attending her very first writers’ workshop: The Sounds Like Joy Writers Retreat & Workshop. A resident of South Shore, Lisa lives and loves the South Side community.

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Charlique C. Rolle (She/Her)
 
Director

Charlique C. Rolle is an arts administrator, interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, director, producer, playwright, actor, and poet. Rolle holds a BA in Dance (Summa Cum Laude) from Missouri Valley College with minors in Theatre and Business, an MA in Ministry Leadership from Moody Theological Seminary, and an MBA from Concordia University Chicago. A Bahamas-native, Rolle's passions are telling Black stories, creating works that catalyze healing, freedom, and transformation, and providing resources and structures for communities to breed creative freedom, sustainability, and longevity. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Congo Square Theatre, President and Interim Executive Director of the African American Arts Alliances, National Associate Director of the August Wilson New Voices Competition, and is an Adjunct Professor of Arts Entrepreneurship at The Theatre School at DePaul University. Rolle is also a member of the Arts Alliance Illinois' Arts Leadership Council, Board Member of the League of Chicago Theatres, a member of Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, was named as one of Newcity's Players 2022: The Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago, and is 2023 IMPACT Fellow with the Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She is thrilled to participate in Perceptions Theatre's 3rd Annual BIPOC Play Festival! IG: @cdot_dacelife FB/LI: Charlique C. Rolle

Meet The Cast & Crew

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Margo Harper
(She/Her)


HENRIETTA NOLAN


 

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Andrew Freeland (He/Him)

JOHN JOSEPH BAILEY

 

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Alexis Ward
(She/Her)


DORLA NOLAN MENDEZ


 

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Brandon Etheridge
(He/Him)


WALTER SCOTT 


 

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Jordan Gail Brown 
(She/Her)


KAMALISE NOLAN

Jordan's Bio
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Rich Oliver (He/Him)

THOMAS FREDERICK NOLAN

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FANIA BOURN (She/Her)

ADAKU NOLAN

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Caroline Lucas 
(She/Her)


 ABIGAIL ANTONELLI

Caroline's Bio
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Reneisha Jenkins
(She/Her)



JOURNAE NOLAN SCOTT


 

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Myesha-Tiara

Producing Artistic Director

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Jerluane "Jae" Jenkins
 
Producing Executive Director

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Kenny Bell
Literary Manager 

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Jabari Khaliq 

Editor & Cinematographer

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Antwon Funches

Resident Graphic Designer

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Tamarus Harvell

 

Production Manager

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