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ABOUT GOD's WAY

God’s Way is an absorbing drama that examines everything from faith, fractured friendships and mother-daughter relationships to trust, resentment and crime and punishment. It is an exploration of human behaviour, class and the price of dignity – and how we rise to face thunderstorms, which will ultimately determine if we perish or prevail. In a spiritual battle victory isn’t always in sight….the only way to overcome is to trust God’s plan. Through it all…will Valerie try to make it on her own or will she make it out by trusting God?

CREATIVE TEAM

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Dahlia Harris - Playwright

Dahlia Harris is a Jamaican born Cultural and Creative Industries entrepreneur. As CEO of DMH Productions - an independent production company, specializing in theatre, television and film content - she is dedicated to providing employment for creative talent, exploring critical social issues through the Arts and advancing the global presence of Jamaican content. Dahlia has  received multiple awards as an actress, writer and producer. She is also a proud inductee into the Caribbean Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Excellence in Personal Branding Award as well as the Flair newspapers Distinguished Woman Award for 2019.
As Convenor of the Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, she is committed to the events mandate - creating opportunities for women in theatre by developing the necessary skills for technical, production and entrepreneurial skills.
A pioneer in female sports journalism in Jamaica, Dahlia leverages over 26 years of media experience and continue to operate in media sales, marketing, broadcasting and special projects
co-ordination. As co-host of the very popular Smile Jamaica It’s Morning Time program and RJR94FM’s Too Live Crew, audiences look forward to her informed, constructive and yet witty perspectives on national issues.

 

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Producer - Andrew Clarke

Andrew Clarke has been Executive Director of Braata Productions since its genesis in 2009. He has since lead the company to productions of various staged reading, 4 seasons of the Braata Folk Singers. Braata’s Christmas celebration Ole Time Grand Market, their outdoor summer event Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival and the recent addition to Braata’s roster its Caribbean Reading Series. He was proud to be Associate Producer for Flambeaux which swept the 2015 AUDELCO Awards winning in all categories it was nominated in including Best Musical.

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Artistic Director - Karl O'Brian Williams

Karl's work has been staged in the Caribbean, Scotland, Off-Off Broadway, in Rochester, Hartford, and in North Carolina at the National Black Theatre Festival. He’s received the award for Best New Jamaican Play twice, (The Black That I Am 2005 & Not About Eve 2006). Not About Eve has received 3 AUDELCO nominations for Excellence in Black Theatre including one for Best Playwright. Excerpts of his play What’s In A Name have been published in Out & Allied Volume 2: An Anthology of Performance Pieces by LGBTQ Youth & Allies. He is currently the artistic director for Braata Productions, and lectures in speech, communications, and theatre arts at BMCC/CUNY. This summer excerpts from the Black that I Am will be staged at the Edinburg Theatre Festival. This is his first book for a musical.

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Technical Director - Joel Edwards

​Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Musical Director, Technical Director and Producer, Joel Edwards has been playing the piano since the he was five years old. Since then he boasts an envious reputation as an award winner at numerous festivals including the Jamaica Cultural Development Commissions (JCDC) Festival of the Arts, the most prestigious and consistent showcase of the island’s artistic talent. He is a former director of the Glenmiur High School Choir, one of the nation’s top school choirs, which soared to even greater heights under his tutelage, winning every award possible at the national level, and now operates solely as a performing choir. He has worked with all major choirs in Jamaica including the acclaimed University Singers where he was an official accompanist. He is responsible for discovering the singer Omi (Cheerleader), and has produced hit songs for many Jamaican artists. Joel is currently the musical director for the Braata Folk Singers, and for his church The Abiding Word Ministries. He is the owner and operator of his own studio where he produces and arranges music for many upcoming artists in New York.

Joel also runs a photography business which incorporates videography, video editing live streaming and other services.

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Director - Keenan N. Charles

Keenan is a born and bred New Yorker, and one of the founding members of Black Petal Theatre Group. He recently received his Associates in Science with a focus in Theatre from Borough of Manhattan Community College and currently wrapping up his bachelors from The City College of New York. Keenan loves the word " WHY " why we laugh and why we cry, and how can that be portrayed in theatre. His latest directing credits include: 7:00, Be a man, Signs of Friendship, The Showdown, Grapes of Wrath, Barbecue, and more.

CAST

Valerie White - Marsha-Ann Hay

Few persons have the natural talent to excel on stage, screen, television, audiobook narration and radio in the way that Marsha-Ann can.

Marsha-Ann has performed on the international stage in film, television and theatrical productions .Her most recent theatrical performances and staged readings includes ‘Black Rain’, ‘The White Blacks’ , ‘Cindy’s Spirit’, ‘Daughters Of Solomon’ ‘Quilt-A Musical Celebration’, ‘The Rope and The Cross’, ’Single Entry’ 'Against His Will', 'What Goes Up','Silk Stockings and A Bible' ,’Tugs O’ War’, Plays and Pizza Readings -‘Table Manners and 46th Street’,’Frustration’, ‘Black Panther Women' ,Skirtz-'Portia's Kiss', ‘Tartuffe’ to name a few.She plays a supporting role in Dahlia Harris’s ‘Ring Games’, Season 2 television show on TVJ/1Spotmedia.

This consummate professional has honed her acting skills by matching the best in her respective fields.

Marsha-Ann's ability to assume a multiplicity of character types makes her unique with a brilliance that shines through effortlessly, making her a winner.

Follow her @talentedmarshay on facebook and instagram to find out about her latest projects and upcoming shows.

Georgia White - Tony-Ann Nelson

From playing a sassy sistah sporting dreadlocks in a traveling theater production, to being pregnant at 16 in a short film, Tony-Ann is a Jamaican Native who is always ready to play roles that challenge as well as inspire. A graduate of LaGuardia Community College, she developed a strong acting foundation performing in Shakespeare plays with Theater being her first love. Tony, as called by most, is also a proud member of the Braata Folk Singers, whose performances continue to keep traditional Caribbean Folk culture alive. Now with her sights set on gaining more roles in television, Tony is working to fine tune acting on camera. Her dedication to her roles can be attributed to one of her favorite Jamaican proverbs—Likkle but mi Tallawah—which means: I may be small, but never to be underestimated.

Samantha Mcintosh - Shuga Henry

SHUGA HENRY, a native of Jamaica, West Indies, is a singer, actress, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. Shuga has a deep-rooted passion for the performing arts and loves sharing her talents with the world. Some of her past credits include Evilene, Glinda and Aunt Em in The Wiz (FiddleHead Theatre Company), MotorMouth Maybelle in Hairspray (Marathon Little Theatre), Effie White in DreamGirls Revue (Jamibeth Productions) and Queenie in Showboat (Prather Entertainment). She is honored and excited to return to Thingamagig for a second summer. Cheers! www.shugahenry.com

Deacon Russell - Jerry Benzwick

A son of Portland Jamaica, Jerry grew up in Kingston and then Portmore. Gained his education at St Catherine High School where he became an avid rugby player who went on to represent Jamaica at all levels. He found acting many years after St Catherine, when his high school rugby team mate, then budding actor Mark Danvers advised him to take voice lessons at Edna Manley in pursuit of a job as a radio host, and the rest is history.

Jerry was in year 2 at Drama School when he got his first nomination for an Actor Boy Award playing lead in the epic school production 'Oroonoko'. That production got him spotted by Playwright/Producer Aston Cooke and he was casted in the hit Comedy Revue 'Kiss Mi Neck'. Jerrry went on to act in Single Entry, Uptown Bangarang, Feminine Justice, Against His Will, Concubine and To the Finish to name a few.

CREW

Lighting Designer - Sarai Frazier

Sarai Frazier is a senior in her third-year and final year as a BFA student in the Technical Theatre program at Brooklyn College. She concentrates in stage management, lighting design and scenic/props building. She is a freelance designer and electrician in New York City for both theatre and film. Sarai has worked on productions at Theatre for a New Audience, iTheatrics at 52nd Street Project, Playstation Theatre and Actors Theatre Workshop. Previous credits at Brooklyn College include “The Moors” (Lighting Designer), “Duchesses, Duchesses, Duchesses!”(Lighting Designer), “SWEAT” (Assistant Lighting Designer), “A Winter’s Tale”, (Assistant Scenic Designer, Props Master), “tick, tick... BOOM!” (Lighting Programmer), “Gloria”(Assistant Stage Manager). She sends her love to her friends, family and to her mentors who have helped her shape her path and motivate her.

Set Designer - Christopher Bello

I am a passionate theatre major who graduated from CUNY City College. I love to act, set Design, stage manage and direct. Yes, I do it all.

Costume Designer - Daricel Calcano

Daricel Calcano, AEA, is a native of New York City. She’s an actor, a stage manager, educator and a costume designer. She holds a BA from CUNY/The City College of New York, an MFA from CUNY/Brooklyn College and is an alumni from The William Esper Studio. Recent theater credits include: That Pretty Pretty, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Crucible, Sweat, The Great Novel, Less Than 50%, Pass Over and Small Mouth Sounds. Love to my family, friends and my pup son, Bennett. @daricellla / daricel.com

Stage Manager - Kyra Bowie

Kyra Bowie (SM) is continuously grateful to be creating during this time! Kyra is a performer, stage manager & theatre maker based in NYC. CEO/Founder of Bowie Enterprises: where the magic of live events is brought to online platforms. Select Credits: Caesar: JULIUS CAESAR (d. Danya Taymor) Bessie Berger: AWAKE & SING! (d. Paul Schnee) Kit Kat Girl: CABARET. NYU Tisch. The Atlantic Acting School. BDC Professional Semester. Social Media: @Kyra Bowie @Bowie.Enterprises www.BowieEnterprises.com www.KyraBowie.com

Assistant Stage Manager - Tori Lanzillo

Victoria Lanzillo, actor, singer, and voice over artist, has played a variety of roles on stage and screen from a post-apocalyptic warrior, to a camper hunted by a wild-eyed monster. Her favorite roles include: (Jasmine), Bridges, (The TimesCenter NY, A.R.T/New York), Ade (Take Five- TV/Film), (Meagera/Thalia) Welcome to Thebes, (Therapist) Douglas J. Cohen’s A Musical Intervention, (Logainne) 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, (Kate) Dancing at Lughnasa, (Puck) Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Suzette) Don’t Dress for Dinner. A proud graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater (NYC), she holds B.A. Degrees in Theater and Journalism/Communication St. Bonaventure University. Represented

by Parkside Talent Management. Victorialanzillo.com. Thrilled to be a part of this Braata Production!

Additional Credits 

Set Construction - Harlan Penn

Cameras - Harrison Forde, Orlando Edwards & Newel Singh

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