A FAMILY'S PLAY

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by Shawn Luckey, Directed by Dwight Ali Williams

A Family's Play, which depicts a family structure reshaped by the affects of society. Deceits coupled with sharply contrasting personalities create the backdrop of this timeless piece. Follow the Delaney's as they embark on a heralding journey to seek the truth of family secrets, and realize that actions have cemented and will now... forever change their lives.


About the Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem

Diversity Players of Harlem, strive to ensure education and enlightenment opportunities through diverse forms of artistic and creative medium. It is our ultimate goal to nurture youth of undiscovered talents, and produce platforms for artists of various backgrounds. Furthermore, we believe that effectively meeting our goal will cure some of the societal ills affecting our communities.

Open:   06/17/08
Close:   06/22/08

Schedule:
June 17 June 22
Tuesday Friday 8:00pm Nightly
Saturday 3pm and 8:00pm
Sunday 3pm
Theater:   Roy Arias Theatre 2
Address:   616 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Cost:$20.00, $15.00 Students and Seniors
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com

Shawn Luckey is one of Diversity Players of Harlem's co-founders and managing partners.  He actively writes, directs, and produces plays and screenplays.  As a performer, he has appeared in a number of commercials, plays and movies. His theatrical credits include: Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play; Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss; Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and James Baldwin's Amen Corner.

He has also appeared in Rev Run's music video, Mind on the Road; and a NY Lottery Commercial. His directing credits include: Old Man Pete, among other projects, but his love of writing has manifested in the following: A Family's Play; and the forthcoming projects: The Tenants; and Scottsboro 9. Shawn's TV/Film credits include: Showtime's new adult comedy, Nurse Jackie; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna; and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls...Currently, he has a host of independent film projects slated for completion, including Diversity Players of Harlem's first produced short films, A Family's Story; The Grit, The Grandeur; and also Walking Maris' Way.

http://www.shawnluckey.com/

Charity is a graduate of Howard University's BFA Theatre Arts/Acting program. She moved to New York to pursue a career in acting. Prior to her move to New York, Charity acted as Artistic Associate for New Horizons Theater in Alexandria, VA., and stage managed at New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Charity is a teaching artist with CUNY's Creative Arts Team and Shadowbox Theatre. She is a company member of both The Black Pearls Ensemble Players and the Diversity Players of Harlem.

Farah Snipes (Christine Delaney "Ma") is a native of Newark, NJ. Off-Broadway: Son Born Of Sun Lee & Me (understudy). Off-Off Broadway includes: Benetha in A Raisin In the Sun, and Ms. Pat in The Colored Museum. Farah is currently studying at HB Studio and Broadway Dance Center. She is a proud member of both Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Shakespearean Society

Gary McNeill studied at NYU and HB Studios, and was one of the last cast members to perform "A Few Good Men" on Broadway and at the famed Westport Playhouse In Connecticut. He worked on the production of "Chap So Am" (Armistad Victory)atThe Henry Street Playhouse.He played Medgar Evers in the critically acclaimed "Slow Down The Night" at the West Angeles Arts Center in Los Angeles. Other credits include David Mamets' "Edmond", Sam Arts Williams' "Home", the National Tour of Theatreworks/USA production of "Freedom Train" (The Harriet Tubman Story), "The Blacks: A Clown Show" at The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Audelco Award),and "The River Niger" at The National Black Theatre. Gary also does industrial videos for The National Basketball Association. He co-starred alongside Sandra Bullock in the film "Who Shot Pat" and other film credits include "Hangin' With The Homeboys", "The Game Is Dead", and the soon to be released "Turtleneck Gang". His commercial credits include an international IBM Lotus campaign ("Superman I Am").

Dionne was born and raised in Queens NY. She has been acting and modeling since 1993. She is an articulate individual who's heart is into acting. Dionne has starred in the leading roles in two Productions; RFWC Productions "He Got Up" where she played the gangstress Peaches; and recently she played the dramatic Marion Weathers in a GOD Will Production "The Ties That Bind". She has also starred in two Diversity Players of Harlem off-broadway plays: "Die Laughing" where she played Sheila Laurence a breast cancer survivor and "A Family's Play" where she played the Jamaican Dr. Janet Williams. She has leading roles in two films "Women Do It Better" directed by Derrick Simmons and "Sushi" directed by Ernest Robinson. Dionne's passion for acting and modeling has inspired her to help those who are newcomers to the scene. "Be the best YOU nobody can be" is one of her many quotes that motivates the people around her.  It is her desire to take on greater roles and meet every future challenge.

www.myspace.com/modelofchrist                             www.dionnelockett.com

Aisha is making her second debut in New York City. She is originally from Miami where she performed in productions such as Romeo and Juliet and Stop Kiss. Her first performance in New York was in David Rabe's All in the Timing, and later in New Jersey, Maribel Gonzalez's Si Alguien Breaks Up With You... She feels blessed to be a part of this production.
From Sesame Street to Broadway, Okema T. Moore has performed all over the US. Most notably, under the direction of TONY Award winner Ben Harney, she played the role of Lorell Robinson in a revival of the stage play Dreamgirls. Okema has sang with the likes of SWV and MusiqSoulChild and most recently completed the independent play Will the Real Man of God Please Stand Up. She loves theater and singing and thanks God for bestowing her with such awesome gifts.
Jermaine Small is an Atlanta native and recent graduate from Howard University Theaters Department. Regionally, he has performed from Alaska to Washington, D.C. performing in a wide range of productions from Hair, TopDog/UnderDog, and Sweet Charity. He is co-founder and producer of the Show Offs, a comedy troupe. He currently works as a Teaching Artist for the City University of New York's Creative Arts Team.
Christina Berry is her second theatre production with Diversity Players of Harlem. Christina also appeard in Die Laughing. Her hobbies are composed of singing, dancing, drawing and computer activates. Christina has a very expressive face and she takes direction well she loves performing in any form. Christina has two siblings of which she is the youngest.

Marcus Lockett is 10 years old. He loves acting, singing, dancing, reading, writing, playing basketball. During his spare time he loves writing short stories. He has done alot of school plays.

James Hunter has worked as a Principal Performer on American Gangster.He is also an aspiring comedian having performed at various comedy clubs around town. James is delighted to be working with the Diversity Players of Harlem.

Marvin Telp is originally from Baltimore, MD. He moved to New York two years ago to chase his dream of becoming a professional actor.  He has received his training at Penn - State University and a series of advanced acting courses throughout New York City.  He has great determination and energy and grinds hard everyday to make his a dream a reality.

Apri Bradshaw is currently pursuing a career in the entertainment business as a singer, songwriter, actress and production assistant. She is happy to currently be gaining experience in those fields by working with the Diversity Players of Harlem.

Chandrill R. Dickerson, from Richmond Virginia and currently resides in New York with my husband Aaron T. Dickerson. I Graduated from Virginia Union University in May 2007, with a bachelor's degree in Speech and Drama with a double minor in Criminal justice and Chemistry. I have been involved in the theatre for four years doing variety of jobs such as sound control, light board operator, prop manager, stage manager director and many more. My personal involvement is going to the movies, reading, and volunteer work with various organizations and theatre companies; because I am always willing to learn new things. My future aspiration is to be a film director and a Layer in Criminal Justice.

Tiffany L. Wilson has had the privilege of teaching Drama in the public schools for eight years. She taught her first drama class at the age of 15 at a summer camp in New Jersey, and became hooked to education. Her mother, former teacher, Sandra Bentley-Payne, gave her support and inspiration to pursue a profession that Tiffany thinks may be in her genes. In addition to teaching Tiffany freelances as a director and stage manager. She has had the opportunity to stage manage the University of West Indies Awards Ceremony, "Imagine" the play, Spike Lee's Morehouse Fundraiser, the Weeksville Awards Ceremony, and Megafest 2006. She had the opportunity to direct the gospel play, Everybody's Somebody's Fool in Harlem in 2005. She also produced her first stage play, Why Won't He Luv Me Forever in January of 2008. Tiffany is currently in her final semester at Monclair State University. She strives to obtain her Masters Degree in Drama with Production and Stage Management emphasis in December of this year. She believes that education is important, and doesn't take the gift of being an educator for granted. She would like to thank Shawn and Dwight for giving her a chance, and for their belief in the power of the arts. Tiffany would also like God her Grandmother, her sister, and son for continual support.

Executive Producer and Director is the founder and CEO of DA’ Right Entertainment. As a child, Dwight Ali experienced the entertainment world by working in commercial print and television commercials. After a break from the business as a teen, Dwight Ali returned to acting on stage. His stage credits include “For This Reason… A Love Story”; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”; “Amen Corner”; “A Family’s Play”; “A Soldier's Play”; and “The Red Lamp”. He also is active in singing, dancing, song writing, producing, set design, and directing. Dwight Ali has also Directed a number of Productions including the New York Premieres of “He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy” by Shawn Luckey, “Love’s Gonna Get Ya!”  By James and Michele Woodson and “Die Laughing the Stage Play” by Marq Overton which staring Kevin “dot com” Brown of  NBC’s Emmy Award Winning 30 Rock in its run at the World Famous Laugh Factor. “Die Laughing” took a look at one man's life who is stricken with breast cancer and his struggle to push past the façade of ignorance and arrogance, in a quest to arrive at awareness and ultimate redemption.