by Jeffry Chastang
January 11 - March 18, 2018
*Special Red Night Benefit Performance Saturday, February 10, 2018*
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About the play
Detroit playwright and Detroit Rep actor Jeffry Chastang takes us on an adventure in the comedy drama, Dauphin Island. Suspicion and fascination dovetail when Selwyn interrupts the self-imposed isolation of Kendra. Leaving behind a messy divorce and time spent living in his car in Detroit, he embarks on a trip for a new beginning. When his car breaks down, he happens upon Kendra, a woman who has secluded herself in the Alabama woods. The play follows the two displaced characters as their lives begin to unexpectedly intertwine. The result is a loving look at humanity, but not the saccharine sort of love we so often see on the big and small screen. It is a look at the ability of those laid low to try and rebuild, and their willingness to both understand the faults of others and to be willing to help them recreate themselves.
About the production
Resident company member, Leah Smith, is the director of Dauphin Island. Last season she directed the highly praised production, Capital.
Her cast for Dauphin Island features two performers familiar to Repertory audiences. Jonathon West who portrays Selwyn was seen as one of the troubled sons in the Rep’s last season acclaimed production of Firepower. Yolanda Jack who portrays Kendra was seen last season as one of the professor’s daughters in The Realization of Emily Linder.
Resident company member, Kelly Pino will take over the duties of Stage Manager for Dauphin Island.
About the company
Jeffry Chastang was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. He received his BA in Journalism from Wayne State University and his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University. Jeffry was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens Award for his first play Full Circle, a drama about a family struggling with the aftermath of their son’s suicide. Full Circle was given its world premiere by Plowshares Theater Company in Detroit. Plowshares also premiered his second play ...Continued Warm, which was loosely based on an actual incident that took place in an African-American rooming house during the 1943 Detroit race riot. …Continued Warm was named Best New Play by the Oakland Press. Jeffry was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to write a play marking the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Montgomery, Alabama. The resulting play was Blood Divided, a drama about an idealistic teenager and his pragmatic doctor father whose sharply opposing views push their relationship to the breaking point. Blood Divided received a New Play Award from the Edgerton Foundation. Jeffry’s most recent play is Dauphin Island, the tale of a chance meeting between a divorced Detroit laborer and a mysterious woman living in isolation in the Alabama piney woods. Dauphin Island also received a New Play Award from the Edgerton Foundation and it reached semifinalist status with the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference selection committee. Dauphin Island received its world premiere at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in March 2017 and will be presented by the Detroit Repertory Theatre in January 2018.
Leah Smith (Director) - Ms. Smith is a DRT actor, Stage Manager, Marketing and Development Director and manager of the beloved Anna Holley Dollar-A-Week pledge fund. Previous directing credits at the Rep include Burying the Bones, A Thousand Circlets, The Kiss of the Sun for Pardon, My Occasion of Sin, Devil Dog Six and Capital. She has shared the stage with Mr. Chastang, stage managed him and directed him as an actor and is now honored to be at the helm of his beautiful Dauphin Island.
Yolanda Jack (Kendra) – Ms. Jack was last seen in The Realization of Emily Linder on the Rep stage last season. She has also appeared at the Rep in A Paradise of Fools, Forgiving John Lennon (DRT Subscriber Award), Causa Mortis or The Medical Student and Yemaya’s Belly. She has worked at other Detroit area theaters including Performance Network, Planet Ant, Plowshares and Urban Spirit Theatre. She has a B.A. from Wayne State University. Welcome home Yolanda.
Jonathan West returns to the DRT stage after his debut last season as one of the troubled sons in Firepower. In Michigan he was in Yellowman at Performance Network. He has also acted in various productions in New York City and New Jersey, including a production of Tristan and Isolde with the MET Opera. He has multiple film and television credits including Batman v. Superman. He holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from U. of M. and a MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. Welcome home Jonathan.