'The Refuge Plays' sets full Off-Broadway cast

Nathan Alan Davis's new play begins performances in September at the Laura Pels Theatre as a co-production of Roundabout Theatre Company and New York Theatre Workshop.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Roundabout Theatre Company has set the full cast for The Refuge Plays, a new Off-Broadway play by Nathan Alan Davis. Performances begin September 14 ahead of an October 4 opening at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

The Refuge Plays cast includes Ngozi Jane Anyanwu as Joy, Jerome Preston Bates as Reginald, Jessica Frances Dukes as Gail, Jon Michael Hill as Walking Man, Mallori Taylor Johnson as Symphony, Lizan Mitchell as Clydette, Nicole Ari Parker as Early, Daniel J. Watts as Crazy Eddie, Lance Coadie Williams as Dax, and JJ Wynder as Ha-Ha.

The creative team includes set designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Stacey Derosier, sound designer and composer Marc Anthony Thompson, composer and vocal soundscape creator Imani Uzuri, and movement coordinator Paloma McGregor.

A co-production with New York Theatre Workshop directed by Patricia McGregor, The Refuge Plays begins when a ghost tells a woman named Gail she will die in 24 hours. The ensuing tale follows a Black family over the course of 70 years, reimaging the American family drama.

Photo credit: Jessica Frances Dukes, Lizan Mitchell, and Daniel J. Watts. (Photos courtesy of production)

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