You, Me and the Cat

by Asha R. McAllister

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Joshua loves his cat Lionel. His girlfriend Adele doesn’t. Now he’s tasked with asking himself the tough question of: What if the person you're in love with doesn’t feel the same way about the pet you love? Or you for that matter?

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Des'ree Brown-Director Des’ree Brown is a Marylander and recent graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. During her time at the University of Maryland, she founded her own theatre company dedicated to new work written, directed, and performed by femme-identifying artists. Her work is dedicated to uplifting the communities that have been underrepresented, including queer, Black, and femme-identifying folx. She has taught, directed, and performed with many theatre companies within the D.C. and Baltimore region, including the Washington National Opera, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, The Theatre Lab, Two Strikes Theatre Collective, and We Happy Few. She has also performed and coached a performance at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Portrait Gallery. Des’ree was the 2020 SDC Directing Fellow for KCACTF Region 2, and is currently the Artistic Partnerships and Innovations Apprentice at Baltimore Center Stage.

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Ekemini Ekpo (as Adele) (she/her) is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist. As an actor, she has worked with the 24 Hour Plays, the Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop, and Apollinaire Theatre Company, among others. She also has experience with devising, both online and in-person, and while she has always been a singer, she has recently begun exploring her voice as a songwriter. She is a 2020 graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Sociology, minored in Statistics, and studied acting with multiple affiliates of the American Repertory Theater. Ultimately, Ekemini believes that the role of the artist is to envision what a different, better world might look like. IG: @e.u.ekpo, Website:

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Brad Martinez (as Joshua) is an actor and recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Acting. Some of his favorite credits include The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute at the Greer Garson Theater, Subpeona, story by Donald Barthelme, adapted for the stage by Marzie Ghasempour at City Lit Theater and Death & Company, a devised piece directed by Lydia Denny at Bath Spa University. When he's not writing or acting, Brad can be found singing, taking a walk, reading or playing with his dogs, Quanah and Isa.