Constance thought she had a happy life and a loving husband. Suddenly, a tragic accident splinters her upper-class black family-and forces Constance to face uncomfortable truths about her marriage and herself. Directed by Jade King Carroll, Proof of Love is the explosive, funny, and moving new one-woman play by Chisa Hutchinson, member of the first class of talent supported by the Audible Playwrights Fund. This next production from Audible Theater is produced in association with New York Theatre Workshop.
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Broadway credits include The Lyons, The American Plan, Cats, Dreamgirls and The Moony Shirpiro Songbook. Off-Broadway Brenda starred in Almost Home, The First Breeze of Summer, SevenGuitars, Fran’s Bed, Marvin’s Room, And The World Goes ‘Round (Outer Critics Circle Award), and Blues In The Night. Regional theatre appearances include Intimate Apparel, Black Odyssey, Trouble in Mind, The Old Settler (Barrymore Award), Blues For An Alabama Sky and A Raisin In The Sun. On film, Pressley has appeared in Third Street Blackout, Detachment,16 Blocks, Cradle Will Rock and It Could Happen To You. On television, Brenda has guest-starred on such shows as “The Path,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Body of Proof,” “Law and Order: Deadline,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Harambee,” “Lifestories” and “Brewster Place” with Oprah Winfrey
Chisa Hutchinson’s plays, which include She Like Girls, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, and Somebody’s Daughter among others, have been presented by such venues as Atlantic Theater Company, SummerStage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and Second Stage. She’s won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and the Lanford Wilson. Just entering her seventh year as a resident at New Dramatists, Chisa has also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. Currently, she’s working on a film project with producer Stephanie Allain (Hustle & Flow, Dear White People) and gearing up to present a revenge-horror play she wrote about white ladies who casually call the cops on black people. B.A. Vassar College; M.F.A. NYU. For more info, visit www.chisahutchinson.com
alondra was here (The Wild Project); From the Author of (Delaware Rep); Sex on Sunday (BE Company @ Urban Stages); Detroit ’67 (McCarter Theatre & Hartford Stage); Intimate Apparel, The Piano Lesson (McCarter Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage); Having Our Say (Hartford Stage & Long Wharf Theatre); Autumn’s Harvest (Lincoln Center Institute); A Trouble in Mind (Two River Theater & Playmaker’s Rep); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Whipping Man (Portland Stage); The Revolutionists, Sunset Baby (City Theatre); A Raisin In The Sun (Juilliard & Perseverance); The Tempest (Chatauqua); King Hedley II (Portland Playhouse); Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater); Janice Underwater (Premiere Stages); The Etymology of Bird (CitiParks Summer Stages); Cherry Smoke (Theatre Row); Skeleton Crew (Dorset Theater, Theatreworks- Palo Alto & Marin Theatre); The Basset Table (Adelphi); Topdog/Underdog (WVU); Marisol (NYCDA); Black Girl, You’ve Been Gentrified, The Pussy Grabber Plays (Joe’s Pub); Radio Golf (Penn State); The History of Light, Samuel J&K, The Summer House (Passage Theatre); Seven Guitars, The Persians, Splittin’ the Raft (People’s Light & Theatre); Spit (Intar); A Member of the Wedding (Tennessee Williams Theater Festival); Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth (Playwright’s Realm); Associate Director for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Gin Game (Broadway), The Children’s Monologues (Carnegie Hall).
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