Tony Award Winner, Trezana Beverley is the first Person of Color (POC) ever to receive the coveted TONY AWARD as Featured Actress in her role as Lady in Red in the Broadway phenomenon hit, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf. Her famous red dress is now on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
On August 1st @ 6:30 pm PDT (7:30 MDT; 8:40 CDT; 9:30 EDT), she will be acting with and directing a stellar cast from New York, Arizona’s Southwest Shakespeare Company and others from across the nation. [SPOILER ALERT!] “It gets pretty slow for ol’ Caesar in the second half - so, I relish the opportunity to direct - it gives me something to do”, said Beverley in a recent interview.
“Modesty thy name is Trezana”, said Southwest Shakespeare Executive Director, Mary Way, “We are happy to be gathering the crumbs from under her table. She is truly at the leading edge of Theater in America. Our work together on groundbreaking new work going forward is creating a lot of good energy in hard times - we will publicly announce as soon as we can. We are feeling pretty darned excited about it.”
When asked about working with Southwest Shakespeare Beverley said, “I am so pleased to be doing Caesar with Southwest Shakespeare Company - Caesar is a deeply complex character - these are complex times. I believe we can do a lot of good with the help of some of my favorite actors in the cast. I truly look forward to a time when we can come to Arizona in person and continue with a very important project. It will reflect the whole of the population of the Southwest region in all its variety and scope. Thank you for this warm welcome.”
MORE ABOUT THE CAUSE
ASSOCIATION FOR THE CHRONICALLY MENTALLY ILL (ACMI)
After their success attracting over 4.5K devices, roughly 10K viewers and raising $5000 for COVID Relief in Native Nations of the Southwest (PPE for Navajo First Responders) and casting a primarily Native cast in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Southwest Shakespeare continues the campaign to help raise awareness and solve COVID related problems.
“If COVID-19 is a Plague then the Plague-within-a-Plague is Mental Health”, said Dr. Charles Goldstein, Vice President of Southwest Shakespeare’s Board. “ACMI is doing valiant work to ensure the rising tide of seriously and chronically mentally ill have resources, housing, and training during this critical time to prevent incarceration in a penal system unsuited to treat mental illness.”
ACMI works with stakeholders to improve care for persons suffering from chronic serious mental illness through cost-effective network enhancements. Their mission is to improve the well-being of Chronic Seriously Mentally Ill population by providing more “Lighthouse-like community living” and more Contained Treatment Facilities.
ACMI is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of passionate parents whose adult children shared a similar experience with Arizona’s behavioral health system.
At the interval please join Mental Health Advocates Dr. Charles and Laurie Goldstein. To find out more about ACMI and to donate go to: https://acmionline.com/
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Director of Production…Stacey Walston
Stage Manager…Kate Weir
Administrative Intern…Willetta Clitso
MEET THE CAST:
JULIUS CAESAR…Trezana Beverley
CALPURNIA/LEPIDUS/CLITUS…Beverley Prentice Thomas
MARCUS BRUTUS…Dathan B. Williams
MARC ANTONY…Debra Ann Byrd
CAIUS CASSIUS…Ian Christiansen
LUCIUS/POPILIUS/FIRST CITIZEN…Francina Smith
CASCA/MESSALA…Terrance L. Kennedy
DECIUS BRUTUS/OCTAVIUS…Brian Gill
CAIUS LIGARIUS/LUCILIUS/SOLDIER/CINNA THE POET…Michael Leonard James
METELLUS CIMBER/MARULLUS/PINDARUS/SOLDIER…Brian D. Hills
TREBONIUS/CARPENTER/THIRD & FOURTH CITIZEN/STRATO…King Hang
SOOTHSAYER/CLAUDIUS/SECOND CITIZEN…Erin Dillon
ARTEMIDORUS/CATO/PUBLIUS/VOLUMNIUS…Laura E. Johnston