Broadway’s Shona Tucker (To Kill a Mockingbird) will perform her lyrical solo play with live music, Growing Wild,about a family's inter-generational quest to heal from the trauma of a mysterious sex crime. Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke with live music by Jack Gulielmetti on guitar.
Stage Manager: Tonya Ingerson Producer: Allison Taaffe Scenographer: Pedro Augusto Lima Costume Designer: Enrique Reynoso Dramaturg: Yvette Ganier
This play was underwritten by The Susan Turner Fund and Vassar College
Special Thanks: Sandra Daley and Liberation Theater Company, Joan Gerardi, Lindsay Matheos and Philip Macaluso (for their stage management assistance), Abigail Goldman, Allison Breeze, Charles Randolph-Wright, Barak Tucker, Tyrone Simpson, Jessie Tucker, Donna Worthington, Charisse LeMaster, YARA Arts Group, Half Moon Theater Company, and ACT San Francisco.
SHONA TUCKER is currently performing on Broadway in the critically-acclaimed production of To Kill a Mockingbird, a new play based on the timeless novel by Harper Lee. She recently performed in Yale Repertory Theatre's Mary Jane by Amy Herzog. Her Off-Broadway credits include: New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, The Public Theater, Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, and La MaMa, e.t.c. She has worked at numerous regional theaters, including three years as a company member at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Stageworks/Hudson, Arena Stage, The Acting Company, Hartford Stage and American Conservatory Theater. Her television and film credits include: “Lights Out”, WALK THE FISH, “Preaching to the Choir: On the One,” Third Watch , New York Undercover, and Law and Order. She is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, an Audelco Award winner, and Fulbright Scholar. BS from Northwestern University and MFA at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She is an Associate Professor of Drama and Chair of the Drama Department at Vassar College.
ELIZABETH VAN DYKE is a New York based award winning Director. Her directorial credits include: BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK; A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS (Ct. Rep); ABIGAIL 1702 (SUNY Purchase); BLOOD; UNTAMED: BODY, HAIR, ATTITUDE at the National Black Theatre, THE TALK and LEARNING TO SWIM at The Ensemble Studio Theatre; THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS MAN-ON-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS (School House Theatre(, RADIO GOLF, GEM OF THE OCEAN (SUPERIOR AWARD from Ass. Of Colleges, Seminole State Univ.) THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL (Giorgee Award, Best Director), GEE’S BEND, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, WAITING TO BE INVITED (Ensemble Theatre, Houston); THE PIANO LESSON (Carnegie Mellon); SOPHISTICATED LADIES, (ONYX AWARD BEST DIRECTOR & BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR, KUNTU Rep., Pitts.), THE OLD SETTLER (The Invisible Theatre, Tucson);, SWEET MAMA STRINGBEAN, GREAT MEN OF GOSPEL: SPIRIT INTO SOUND (AUDELCO NOMINATION, Best Director) and REMEMBERING WE SELVES: THE BLACK RENAISSANCE by the late Amiri Baraka at New Federal Theatre.
Ms. Van Dyke sits on the boards of New Federal Theatre & The League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a member of the National Theatre Conference, EST, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, the Actors’ Center, and SDC.