We were so excited to be able to sit down with members of the cast and crew of Auburn University Theatre and Dance Department's firrst production in the 2022-2023 season: Detroit ‘67. Detroit ‘67 by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Abdul-Khaliq Murtadha, follows a black American family navigating the tensions of their world in July of 1967, until a mysterious newcomer brings unexpected consequences. In the words of one of the Assistant Stage Managers, Tatum Clark (she/they), this show is “an in depth look at a found family through trying times.” Joining Tatum as representatives of the crew, we spoke with the other Assistant Stage Manager, Hannah Carstarphan (she/her), and Assistant Director, Antonavia “Navi” Collins (she/her). The cast includes Antonisia “Nisi” Collins (she/her) as Chelle Poindexter, Jordinia Denson (she/her) as Lank Poindexter, Mickie Felder (she/her) as Bunny, Camryn “Rynnie” Chapman (she/her) as Caroline, and Whitley Adams (she/they) as Bunny Understudy. The cast is completed with Daniel Gay Jr., as Sly, and Ché Echols as Sly Understudy.
Wrapping up our 2021-2022 season, Glimmers in the Dark: Tales of Grit and Grace, is The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Directed by Dr. Tessa Carr, this all-female play about a high school soccer team features the collaborative work of three senior students. Ashleigh Avallone, Addison Peacock, and Anna Vu, otherwise known as “Triple A,” have teamed together with director Dr. Carr to transform the Telfair Peet Blackbox into an indoor soccer arena. Turning a group of actors into convincing soccer players is not an easy task, but there was no one better than Ashleigh Avallone for the job.
In February 2009, the Auburn University Theatre Department performed Into the Woods for the first time to showcase its brand-new degree program, Music Theatre. Thirteen years later, the now Department of Theater and Dance has once again chosen this musical to mark the department’s first collaboration with the Auburn University Music Department at the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University.