In the Southern Breeze

November 3rd - December 12th, 2021


Rattlestick Theater Presents

In the Southern Breeze

An auto-biographical fever dream Written by Mansa Ra (FKA Jiréh Breon Holder) Directed by Christopher D. Betts


FEATURING (in alphabetical order) MADISON - Charles Browning HUE - Biko Eisen-Martin TONY - Travis Raeburn MAN - Allan K. Washington LAZARUS - Victor Williams U/S MADISON, TONY, MAN - Wildlin Pierrevil U/S HUE, LAZARUS - Alex Ubokudom

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER - Kayla Coleman ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Chevonne Baylor CREATIVE TEAM SET DESIGNER - Emmie Finckel COSTUME DESIGNER - Jahise LeBouef LIGHTING DESIGNER - Emma Deane MUSIC DIRECTOR- Allen René Louis SOUND DESIGNER - Kathy Ruvuna PROP DESIGNER - Patrícia Marjorie FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER - Kelsey Rainwater DRAMATURG - Ashley M. Thomas, Faith Zamblé CASTING DIRECTOR - Victor Vazquez WELLNESS CONSULTANT - Kevin Gillette PRESS Chris Chambers, Andres Sanchez - The Chamber Group


Deep in an existential crisis, MAN locks himself in his apartment. A portal reveals itself and when he crosses that threshold, MAN begins a journey that traverses centuries of history, allowing him to create a space for his own healing, while exploring the complicated and more camouflaged barriers of today. Mansa Ra offers a unique approach to poetically elaborate on the social, racial, and generational struggles and injustices that black men face while also creating a space for discourse about and healing from these experiences.


Photos by David Rauch


Presented in partnership with Black Boys Do Theater, The Boys’ Club of New York, Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness