CORI THOMAS (Playwright) is the daughter of former Liberian Ambassador, David Thomas and Brazilian attorney, Zuleika Thomas. Her plays include When January Feels Like Summer (NYT Critics Pick), directed in NYC by Daniella Topol, produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre with P73, and then re-mounted with Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Women’s Project, with other productions at City Theatre (Pittsburgh) and Mosaic Theatre (DC). Her other plays include: Pa’s Hat (Pillsbury House), Flight 109, My Secret Language of Wishes (Mixed Blood), and her work has been developed at Sundance, Goodman, Playwrights Horizons, Pillsbury House, Black Rep, New Black Theatre, among others. She is a member of New Dramatists, and is a writer on an original series for Audible.com and is currently writing a screenplay about Nelson Mandela for HBO Films.
KENT GASH (Director) directed the acclaimed World Premiere of Robert O’Hara’s BARBECUE at the Public Theatre and is the co-author and director of LANGSTON IN HARLEM (2010 Audelco Award-BEST MUSICAL.). New York: New York premiere of MISS EVER’S BOYS and the revival of HOME both for Melting Pot Theatre Co., and Duke Ellington’s BEGGARS HOLIDAY: York. Recent regional: PublicWorks WINTERS TALE: Dallas Theatre Center, THE WIZ at Ford’s Theatre (10 Best of 2018- Washington Post,13 Helen Hayes nominations), August Wilson’s THE GEM OF THE OCEAN: South Coast Rep, (LA TIMES TEN BEST OF 2017). GOODNIGHT TYLER: Alliance, THE MOUNTAINTOP: Trinity Rep, WIG OUT and CHOIR BOY for Studio Theatre,DC. Classical productions include: TROILIUS and CRESSIDA and TWELFTH NIGHT at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, CORIOLANUS and PRIVATE LIVES at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Future productions 2019: GUYS AND DOLLS at the Guthrie. Mr. Gash is the former Associate Artistic Director of both Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Alliance Theatre; former Artist in Residence Studio Theatre DC and is Founding Director of The New Studio on Broadway at Tisch, NYU. BFA: CMU, MFA: UCLA. For Darius Smith.
SHADOWCATCHER ENTERTAINMENT (Associate Producer) Led by David Skinner, ShadowCatcher Entertainment has been developing, producing and investing in Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions since 2002. Broadway credits include this season's The Ferryman, The Cher Show, Ain't Too Proud, and Moulin Rouge!, as well as Tony-winners Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Memphis, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Gentleman’s Guide. Off-Broadway: Satchmo at the Waldorf, Buyer and Cellar, Asher Lev, and Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Film: Smoke Signals (Producer), Outsourced (Producer). Television: The Hive (Co-Creator).
ShadowCatcher's proud support of LOCKDOWN reflects three vital components of our mission: to support new plays for the American stage and singular playwriting voices like Cori Thomas; to uplift stories that resonate with our times and illuminate the human condition with an empathetic and redemptive spirit; and to enhance the scope and impact of our work through partnership with similarly aligned institutions and organizations like Rattlestick, The Fortune Society, and all our valued community partners on this project. www.shadowcatcherent.com.
ERIC BERRYMAN (C. O.) is an NYC-based actor originally from Baltimore, MD. He was recently seen in The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, A Record Album Interpretation (Wooster Group/Upcoming at St. Ann’s Warehouse) Select theater credits: Barrow Street Theater; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Humana Festival; The Guthrie Theater; The Kennedy Center; Penumbra Theatre; Ford’s Theatre; and The Getty Villa. Select Film/TV credits include: “Barry” (NETFLIX), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Untitled Noah Baumbach Project” and “After Louie.” Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Other: Lessac Voice Practitioner.
Curt Morlaye’s credits include roles in the final season of Fox’s GOTHAM and CBS’ BLUE BLOODS. Curt received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama
KEITH RANDOLPH SMITH (Wise): Broadway: Jitney; Fences; Come Back Little Sheba; King Hedley II; Salome; Piano Lesson; American Psycho. Off-Broadway: Paradise Blue; First Breeze of Summer; Holiday Heart; The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d; Midsummer Night’s Dream; Intimacy. Regional: How To Catch Creation; The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey; Our Town; Water By The Spoonful; In Walk’s Ed. Film/TV: “Anesthesia;” “Malcolm X;” “The Warrior Class;” “Path To Paradise;” “Backstreet Justice;” “Journeymen;” “Dead Dogs Lie;” “Law and Order;” “NY Undercover;” “I’ll Fly Away;” “Cosby.” Fox Fellow in Acting. Lunt-Fontanne Fellow in Acting. Member of Actor’s Center. Grad of AADA Conservatory.
ZENZI WILLIAMS (Ernie): New York Theater credits: School Girls (MCC Theater), Mobile Unit of Henry V (The Public), The Crucible (Broadway), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Company), Mother Courage and Her Children (Classic Stage Company). Other theater: Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre). Television credits: “The Good Fight,” “The Defenders,” “Daredevil.” Upcoming: “Blue Bloods.” Film: Black Panther, The Mess He Made. Williams studied at the British American Dramatic Academy and has a BA from Temple University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.