THE BRETHREN

Genre: Comedy, Drama
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Written, Directed By:Thomas Goggans

Sometimes life’s winding road is paved with trials; storms challenge our faith, and mountains block our way. But where two or more are gathered, God is in the midst. Welcome to the Holy Battalion Church of Christ. Where wives throw their husbands over church balconies, and the outside message board says “Come fellowship with us…or go to hell."

The Brethren is a powerful and uplifting story about having faith, and unity during a time of economic uncertainty. Deacon Zacharias Wilson is the Head Deacon in a struggling Harlem Church. Wilson is devoted to serving his church and his community, but things aren’t easy, territorial gangs are tagging the building, the mortgage is way past due, and rich real estate mogul Reginald Graham wants to buy the property and put up condominiums. To make matters worse, Deacon Wilson has taken up the wearisome task of keeping peace amongst the Brethren. The Storm clouds are gathering, and God has called on five men to battle the very forces that are rising up against the church: If only they could stop battling each other.

 



Cast: Reggie Daniels

Open:   11/06/09
Close:   11/06/09

Schedule:
Friday, November 6th, 8pm
Theater:   Oberia Dempsey Center
Address:   127 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10029
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Cost:25.00
Buy Tickets Online or Call: TheaterMania at 2125602395
Alfred E. Rutherford As Deacon Calvin "Lazarus" Farrell , the new man


Alfred E. Rutherford was born in Delray Beach, Florida and later raised in Abaco, Bahamas where his interest in becoming an actor began. Shortly after returning to the United States and receiving his B.A. in Philosophy from Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, Alfred began securing leading roles in several Short films. “Swine, Liquor and White Women”, which Alfred stars in, continues to have festival success throughout the country gaining the respect as a cult classic among film festival goers.
Within the past five years Alfred has been featured in Kung- Fu magazine for his esteem athleticism in the Martial Arts short film “Battle G.O.A.” and highlighted for his work in the 20077 play “Love, Greed & the Pursuit of Happiness” produced by Yet 2 Evolve Productions. Alfred’s most recent acclaim is his starring role in Martha’s Vineyard Winner of HBO’s Best Feature Film “Algeny”, along with the highly selected ABFF HBO film choice “Pompous Pane & The Kids he Loves to Hate”.
Alfred recently completed the much anticipated independent feature film “Pro Black Sheep” and “Brethren” a play directed by Thomas Goggans, which he also stars in. Alfred’s combining confidence, talent and charisma makes him one of the most ambitious rising stars in the entertainment world today. Alfred shines through the screen as a fresh face that delivers a spectacular performance in each and every project he performs in.
 

Gerald Jamal Vaughn As Brother Liam Divine, the negotiator

Gerald Jamal Vaughn was born and raised in Rahway, NJ. He began his acting career in his early twenties right after losing his love for football and quitting the team at Central Connecticut State University. After transferring to Montclair State University in NJ, he then picked up a theater medium and from then on enrolled in more acting classes. As an acting student, Gerald caught the eye of a handful of his theater professors whom took him a step further by helping him to completed a few plays at Montclair, such productions include Othello, and In the Blood. Gerald then advanced to independent films. Between auditions Gerald is often seen honing his craft and taking acting classes. Some of Gerald’s notable work is with The Westside www.westside.tv/ and the Bio Channel.

Bien Infante As Deacon Trevor Tyree, the truth seeker

Bien Infante was Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Manhattan's (Lower East Side). He is a Graduate of The William Esper Studio in which he completed a two year Stanford Meisner program. On December of 2008 Bien was selected to partake in Tom Noonan's Drama Workshop. An intensive screenwriting, directing, and acting workshop over the course of nine days with a performance at The Paradise Theatre. Bien has worked on numerous independent films and television commercials. His most notable is a comedy sketch in which Bien portrayed Damon Wayans in the (Showtime) hit series “The Underground.” He would like to give thanks to his mother Reina and his sister Maribel for their love and support.

Anthony Rockford As Darius Jackson, the lost boy

Anthony Rockford was born and raised in New Haven Connecticut. He knew at a young tender age of seven that he had a passion for acting. After performing in several high school productions such as: One Flew Over the Coo-Coo Nest, Tartuffe, Blood Brother, Into the Woods and many more, he was accepted into Pace University majoring in Performing Arts. His desire and determination to become an aspiring actor has given him the opportunity to work with the following actors/actresses, Marilyn Streep, Steve Martin, Macaulay Culkin, and several others. His outstanding acting abilities have led him to appear in a few episodes of “Kings” (NBC), Sesame workshops, and MTV ‘S Total Request Live as a correspondent. He is often referred to as Will Smith’s little brother (Little Will). To learn more about Anthony, go to his website: www.nycasting.com/NYcastingjohnjackson

Rommell Sermons As Deacon Daron "Joseph" Jones, the dreamer

) Rommell Sermons received his BA in Theatre Arts form the conservatory at SUNY New Paltz. He first caught the acting bug at the age of ten performing in The Temple of Youth at Lehmen College, but the seed was planted even earlier from watching his Grandfather's sermons from the pulpit every sunday. Other theatre credits include: Brutus Jones in Eugene O'Neal's The Emperor Jones, The Breakout, (The Flea Theatre) A Raisin In the Sun, (Paul Robeson Theatre) Somebody's Calling My Name, (The Raint Theatre) The Healing Zone; Audelco Nominated for Best Ensemble, Samson's Way. (Black Spectrum Theatre) Film credits include Feet, Where he portrays a Vietnam Vet returning home from the war. This Past Fall Rommell visited elementary schools inspiring students to write original plays for Florida Studio Theatre Annual Write a Play Festival. Rommell would like to thank his family and friends for there love and support.

Lanell Williams Officer Derek Demarco

Lanell Williams: Was born in the Bronx N.Y. where he has honed in on the craft of acting at the age of 17 in the short indie film called "Arrested Media". Since then he has been on stage in several plays like  A Good Woman is Hard to Find, Atmosphere, the one man show called A Letter From The Devil (which will be filmed by the end of 2009) and now The Brethren. He also prides himself in the writings of his own plays like Ready To Meet'um and Moma's Boy. Lanell has highten his ability as an actor by studying at the Penny Templeton Studios for a very long time. He is one fine young man and an even better actor..."Look out". 

Dionne Lockett was born and raised in Queens NY. She is a young vivacious talented Actress/Model. Dionne has been in several off-Broadway plays and has been in several films such as the short film “Would You Please Pass The Judgment” and the feature film “Women Do It Better” which debuted at the 2009 Hollywood Black Film Festival. Her 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 motivate the people around her. It is her desire to take on greater roles and meet every future challenge. To learn more about Dionne, go to her website: www.DionneLockett.com