Nov 5, 2015

Carefully Taught

"Adventurous theater in Astoria" -- The New York Times

World Premiere
By Cheryl L. Davis
2014 AUDELCO Award winner for Playwriting for Maid’s Door

Directed by Pat Golden

November 5-21, 2015

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Carefully Taught is a modern-day drama that centers on the friendship of two schoolteachers–one black and one white. Their bond is shaken when one loses her job, and questions of loyalty and unspoken prejudice rise to the surface. This provocative tale challenges us to examine our perceptions of race in contemporary culture.

PRESS FOR CHERYL L. DAVIS
"…ambitious, laudable and stirring" — The New York Times

"…must-see drama that will at once touch your heart and also give you enormous strength." — The Brooklyn Reader

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Cheryl L. Davis’s Carefully Taught has been workshopped and had readings at Stamford Center for the Arts, Premiere Stages, New Professional Theatre, the Six Figures “Artists of Tomorrow” festival, and The Lark. In light of recent current events, Davis was prompted to look at the play with fresh eyes. Astoria Performing Arts Center presented a reading of the play at the Queens Council on the Arts as part of our Midwinter Reading Series during the 2014-15 season. It will now receive its world premiere at APAC in the fall of 2015.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Cheryl L. Davis’s Carefully Taught has been workshopped and had readings at Stamford Center for the Arts, Premiere Stages, New Professional Theatre, the Six Figures “Artists of Tomorrow” festival, and The Lark. In light of recent current events, Davis was prompted to look at the play with fresh eyes. Astoria Performing Arts Center presented a reading of the play at the Queens Council on the Arts as part of our Midwinter Reading Series during the 2014-15 season. It will now receive its world premiere at APAC in the fall of 2015.

BIOS
Cheryl L. Davis (Playwright) received the Kleban Award for her work as a librettist, and Barnstormer, written with award-winning composer Douglas J. Cohen, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, under the auspices of the Lark Play Development Center. Her play Maid’s Door received seven Audelco Awards, and was presented at the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival. Her musical Bridges (also written with Doug Cohen) was recently presented as part of the Village Theatre’s 15th Annual Festival of New Musicals. The Color of Justice, her play about the desegregation of the nations’ school system (which was commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received critical acclaim, including from the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly. Her play Winnie the Pooh KIDS is currently licensed by the Disney Theatrical Group. Cheryl received a Writers’ Guild Award for her work as a writer for the daytime dramatic serial “As the World Turns.” and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on that show as well. She is a practicing attorney in Manhattan and is a partner with the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP.

Pat Golden (Director) productions, workshops and readings, Off-Broadway and regionally, include: The Little Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), INTAR, Amherst College, NYU, New Perspectives, St. Peter’s, Perry Street, NYSF/Public, New Dramatists, The New School and Cherry Lane. Plays include: Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs; The Sunshines East, a new play set in the Republic of Georgia; Ladybug by Kara Lee Corthron; The Fabulous Miss Marie by Ed Bullins and Green by Ione Lloyd. Golden was an Assistant Director on Emily Mann’s Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; an SDC Director Observer Recipient at McCarter Theatre and Assistant to Volker Schlondörff on From the House of the Dead by Leoš Janáček at Opéra-Comique, Paris. Pat is a member of NewShoe Theatre Group—dedicated to women playwrights and directors; Hispanic Playwright Lab Residency (HPLR) at INTAR Theatre; Harlem Arts Alliance/Columbia University Writing Fellow; EST; Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an Associate Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC).

CAST

PRODUCTION STAFF

Set Design
Christopher & Justin
Swader Costume Design
Jessa-Raye Court
Lighting Design
Joyce Liao
Sound Design
Jacob Subtonick Swader
Props Design
Christopher & Justin
Production Stage Manager