by Desireé York
January 09 - March 15, 2020
Thursdays & Fridays | 8:30 P.M.
Saturdays | 3 P.M. & 8:30 P.M.
Sundays | 2 P.M. & 7:30 P.M.
*Please note, due to the intimacy of the theatre, latecomers will not be seated until intermission.
A lyrical trip through time exploring identity.
“I went further than forgiving the clerk, I accepted her as a fellow victim of the same puppeteer.” - Maya Angelou
When Constance, a 1920's jazz singer, chooses to stand on her own, not only is her name carried on through multiple generations, but so is her determination to find an identity in an ever changing world. Spanning five generations, starting in the Harlem Renaissance and ending in present day, the women from one African-American family struggle to overcome the roles assigned to them by society in order to find their way home.
The World Premiere of The Puppeteer will be directed by Casaundra Freeman.
Ms. Freeman is a multi-talented member of the DRT family. She recently made Detroit Rep directorial debut with Williston. She is familiar as an actor to Rep and Detroit area audiences. She last appeared on our stage in Countdown to the Happy Day which earned her a Subscriber Award and a Wilde Award. She has also directed Who Will Sing for Lena? at Matrix Theatre. By day she is also the Group Sales Manager for the Detroit Rep.
Desireé York is a Los Angeles based playwright whose plays include: The Puppeteer, One Second Chance, Undone, Fractured, Floating, Break Time, Human(E) and Hiding Out Loud. She is a recipient of the 2015 Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, 2019 PlayGround-LA People’s Choice Award for Floating and recognized by Dayton Most Metro as the Best New Work of 2017-2018 Season for The Puppeteer. Her plays have been produced/developed at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, The Garry Marshall Theatre, Rogue Machine Theatre, Dayton Playhouse, PlayGround-LA, The Wayward Artist, The Athena Cats, Theatricum Botanicum and Ophelia’s Jump Productions. Additionally, her plays have been finalists for the Ashland New Plays Festival, Futurefest New Play Festival, Henley Rose Playwright Competition, Inkslinger Playwriting Competition and semi-finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, CTG Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings, Forward Flux Productions and Trustus Playwrights Festival. Commissioned works include the one woman show Fractured and a dance collaborative called Next of Kin for The Wayward Artist. A director as well, Desireé received a National Directing Fellowship awarded by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Desireé obtained her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Women's Studies with a focus of using art for social justice. She is a member of the PlayGround-LA Writers Group, LAFPI, The Playwrights’ Center, Dramatists Guild of America and serves as a mentor for WriteGirl. www.desireeyork.com