Good Bones

05/10/23 - 06/18/23

BY JAMES IJAMES
LOCATION MILTON THEATRE
DIRECTED BY PSALMAYENE 24
WORLD PREMIERE

Aisha’s moved back to the block, but the neighborhood’s changed. She’s an urban planner, returning to her hometown, renovating a townhouse that’s seen better days. Aisha tries to convince her husband to spring for crown molding and endures the noise that blares from the street all night. But when their contractor is caught up in an act of violence a block away, Aisha’s homecoming becomes more complex than she expected. A Studio-commissioned play by 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames, Good Bones explores gentrification and belonging, displacement and upward mobility, and being haunted by a legacy you’re only just beginning to understand.

Show Information

Runtime: Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission

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Environment Warnings: This production of Good Bones contains loud noises and onstage painting with actual paint.

Good Bones is generously underwritten by Sari Hornstein and by Amy Weinberg and Norbert Hornstein.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

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Cast

U/S TRAVIS & EARL

Obinna Nwachukwu

Obinna Nwachukwu is a native Washingtonian who is honored to be working with Studio Theatre. Over the last eight years, he has become familiar in the local theatre scene with roles such as Jonathan Harker in Dracula at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and Tumbler in The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus at Restoration Stage, amongst several othersHe recently made his feature film debut in Residue (Netflix), written and directed by Merawi Gerima (Slamdance Film Festival 2020 award for Best Actor).  For fun, he enjoys being in nature, playing basketball, and viewing art in its many forms. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support. 

U/S AISHA

Simone Brown

Simone Brown’s D.C. credits include Into The Woods (Rapunzel; Helen Hayes nomination for Best Ensemble) at Signature Theatre, Rocky (Linda McKenna) and The Bodyguard (Rachel Marron U/S and ensemble) at Toby’s Dinner Theatre; Good People (Kate) and Womxn on Fire Festival at Keegan Theatre, Nothing to Lose at Unexpected Stage Company, Snowy Day (Female Player U/S) at Adventure Theatre Center, Carmen (Frasquite) at Opus Concert Theatre, Heathers: The Musical (Heather Chandler) at Howard Community College Theatre, and Sweeney Todd (Johnanna) at Kensington Arts Theatre. Regional credits include The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta/Maria U/S), The Merry Widow (Joujou), La Boheme (Chorus) at the Charlottesville Opera; and Die Zauberflöte at the Chicago Summer Opera. She has a B.M. from Xavier University of Louisiana and an M.M. from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins. Thank you to Mike for all your love and support. Follow her career at www.simonebrownsoprano.com and on social media @simoneami and @blackprincessdmv (Instagram) 

U/S CARMEN

Jordan Sharber

Jordan Sharber is an actor, movement artist, and creative who is making her Studio Theatre debut. Theatre credits include Aftermath, Deacon’s Awakening, and She Kills Monsters at Al Freeman Jr. Theatre and The Till Trilogy Reflection Series at Library of Congress. She can also be seen in the short film Crowned at Howard University. Jordan is currently a Graduating Senior Acting Major at the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She would like to thank Eric Ruffin, and Howard and Cassandra Sharber for their continuous support. On social at @jordan.sharber (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). 

Production Team

SET DESIGNER

Misha Kachman

COSTUME DESIGNER

Moyenda Kulemeka

LIGHTING DESIGNER

William K. D'Eugenio

SOUND DESIGNER/COMPOSER

Megumi Katayama

PROPS DESIGNER

Rose Talbot

DRAMATURG

Adrien-Alice Hansel

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Julia Singer

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER

Lauren Pekel

CHOREOGRAPHY CONSULTANT

Tony Thomas

CASTING

JZ Casting

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