The Last Tiger in Haiti

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The Last Tiger in Haiti

By Jeff Augustin
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Co-production with La Jolla Playhouse
Main Season · Peet’s Theatre
October 14–November 27, 2016
World premiere production

Running time: 90 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission

There once lived five kids in modern-day Haiti, all entangled in a dark history of servitude. Huddled in a tent on Mister’s land, they’d spin spellbinding folktales, vying for the title of best storyteller—and dreaming of their freedom. When two of them reunite 15 years later, the boundary between reality and fiction vanishes, revealing secrets of their past more haunting than any of the tales they told. In The Last Tiger in Haiti, Jeff Augustin weaves a remarkable and gripping narrative of survival, betrayal, and the power of a story.

Support relief efforts in Haiti

To support Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in Haiti, Berkeley Rep collected cash donations after each performance of The Last Tiger in Haiti, raising $92,000 from audience members. The proceeds were divided equally between Restavek Freedom and The Lambi Fund of Haiti—we invite you to visit these organizations’ websites to learn more about them and contribute to their causes.

The Last Tiger in Haiti was developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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Creative team

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Jeff Augustin · Playwright

Jeff’s play Little Children Dream of God received its world premiere at the Roundabout Underground, where he was the inaugural Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. His plays have also been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Cry Old Kingdom, Humana 2013; That High Lonesome Sound, Humana Apprentice Anthology 2015), and Western Washington University (Corktown). His work has been developed at Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, and Seattle Rep. Jeff was the Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons. He is an alumni of the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship and a member of the Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark and the Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Jeff is currently under commission from the Roundabout Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He received his BA from Boston College and his MFA from UC San Diego.

Joshua Kahan Brody · Director

Joshua’s recent directing work includes The Last Tiger in Haiti (La Jolla Playhouse); King of the Yees at New Stages (Goodman Theatre); True Believer (TheaterLab, New York); Fourteen Flights (Award for Excellence in Directing, New York International Fringe Festival); Pericles and Medea (University Of Missouri, Kansas City); Titus Andronicus, Little Children Dream of God, The Dybbuk, The Santa Barbarians, and A Man, His Wife, and His Hat (UC San Diego). He has developed work all over the country including at Atlantic Theater Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Foundation (San Francisco), Playwrights Horizons, and South Coast Repertory. He is co-founder of the Trip, a San Diego-based performance group, for which he recently directed Three Plays in a Tattoo Shop. In 2017 he will be directing King of the Yees at the Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group. Joshua is the recipient of a 2015 Princess Grace Award and received his MFA from the UC San Diego Department of Theatre & Dance and his BA from Yale University.

Takeshi Kata · Scenic Design

Takeshi’s New York credits include Through a Glass Darkly, Storefront Church, and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic Theater Company); and Adding Machine (the Minetta Lane Theatre). He has designed work around the country at Boston Court, Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Old Globe, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Takeshi has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Ovation, and Barrymore awards. He is an assistant professor at USC, School of Dramatic Arts.

Dede Ayite · Costume Design

Dede’s off-Broadway credits include Marie & Rosetta (Atlantic Theater Company), The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater), Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company), brownsville song (b-side for tray) (LCT3), and ToasT, Urban Retreat, and Manahatta (the Public Theater). Select regional credits include The Wiz (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Detroit ‘67 (Center Stage/Detroit Public Theatre), Between Riverside and Crazy (Studio Theatre), The Blood Quilt (Arena Stage), Marie Antoinette (Steppenwolf Theatre, 2015 Jeff Award recipient), Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), The CA Lyons Project (Alliance Theatre), Five Guys Named Moe (Arena Stage/Cleveland Play House), A Raisin in the Sun (California Shakespeare Theater), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), and The Music Man in Concert (Two Rivers, New Jersey Performing Arts Center). Dede received her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Alexander V. Nichols · Lighting Design

Alex has designed more than 30 productions for Berkeley Rep. His Broadway credits include Wishful Drinking, Hugh Jackman—Back On Broadway, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. His off-Broadway productions include In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Los Big Names, Horizon, Bridge & Tunnel, Taking Over, Through the Night, and In the Wake. Alex has worked at regional theatres throughout the country, including American Conservatory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, National Theatre of Taiwan, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and La Jolla Playhouse, among others. His dance credits include resident designer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet; lighting supervisor for American Ballet Theatre; and resident visual designer for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company since 1989. His designs are in the permanent repertory of San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance, Hong Kong Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, ODC/SF, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Alex’s other projects include the museum installation Circle of Memory, a collaboration with Eleanor Coppola, presented in Stockholm, Sweden, and the video and visual design for Life: A Journey Through Time, a collaboration with Frans Lanting and Philip Glass, presented at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Nicholas Drashner · Sound Design

Nicholas is thrilled to be working with Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse. His LJP credits include Kingdom City, The Astronaut Farmworker, Suzette Who Set to Sea, and A Lonely Boy’s Guide to Survival (and Werewolves). He is currently assistant professor of sound design in the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University. Nicholas received his MFA in Sound Design for Theatre and Dance from University of California, San Diego. Visit drashner.com.

Cookie Jordan · Hair & Wig Design

Cookie’s Broadway credits include Eclipsed, Side Show, After Midnight, Fela, and A View from the Bridge. Off-Broadway credits include Familiar, Eclipsed, Hir, Cloud Nine, Skeleton Crew, Gloria, Liquid Plain, Hurt Village, and An Octoroon. Cookie has also designed for Side Show (Kennedy Center and La Jolla Playhouse), Fela (national tour and European tour), and Dirty Dancing and Flash Dance (national tour). Cookie is the makeup designer for NBC’s The Wiz Live.

Chantal Jean-Pierre · Dialect Coach

Chantal is thrilled to work with La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Rep on such an amazing story. A few of her coaching credits include Roundabout Theatre Company (Little Children Dream of God), HERE Art Center (Last Day), McCarter Theatre (Sunjata Kamalenya), George Street Playhouse (39 Steps), Playwrights Realm (Five Second Chances), Classical Theater of Harlem (Romeo & Juliet and Dream on Monkey Mountain), Minetta Lane Theatre (Thunder Knocking at the Door), and Red Carpet Theater (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf). Chantal is also a professional actress; visit chantaljean-pierre.com for more about her acting career.

Madeleine Oldham · Dramaturg

Madeleine is the director of The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and the Theatre’s resident dramaturg. She oversees commissioning and new play development, and dramaturged the world premiere productions of Aubergine, The House that will not Stand, Passing Strange, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), among others. As literary manager and associate dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore, she produced the First Look reading series and headed up its young audience initiative. Before moving to Baltimore, she was the literary manager at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she oversaw an extensive commissioning program. She also acted as assistant and interim literary manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Madeleine served for four years on the executive committee of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has also worked with ACT (Seattle), Austin Scriptworks, Crowded Fire, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Playwrights Center, and Portland Center Stage.

Gabriel Greene · Dramaturg

Gabriel joined La Jolla Playhouse’s artistic staff in 2007 and currently serves as its director of new play development. In addition to curating and producing the annual DNA New Work Series (at which The Last Tiger in Haiti received its first public reading), he has dramaturged over 20 new plays and musicals for the Playhouse, including world premieres by Ayad Akhtar, Kirsten Greenidge, Darrell Hammond, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Quiara Algeria Hudes and Erin McKeown, Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez, Des McAnuff and the Flaming Lips, Herbert Siguenza, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Sheri Wilner. His adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps novels (co-written and directed by Tom Salamon) recently premiered at the Vaults (London). With Alex Levy, he co-created Safe at Home, an immersive play that will receive its world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre in 2017. Gabriel is a graduate of University of Michigan and Trinity College, Dublin.

Telsey + Company · Casting

La Jolla Playhouse: Hollywood, Guards at the Taj, Blueprints to Freedom, Come From Away, Chasing the Song, Hands on a Hardbody, Blood and Gifts, Glengarry Glen Ross, Milk Like Sugar, Little Miss Sunshine, Limelight, Bonnie & Clyde, 33 Variations and Memphis, among others. Broadway and tour credits include Paramour, Tuck Everlasting, Waitress, American Psycho, Fiddler on the Roof, The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, Hamilton, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, The King and I, Kinky Boots, Wicked, If/Then, The Sound of Music, Newsies, Motown, and Rock of Ages. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Atlantic Theater Company, MCC, Signature Theatre Company, Alliance Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Stage and Film, the Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Telsey + Company has cast for the films Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Tallulah, The Intern, and Into the Woods, and TV shows including The Family, Grease Live!, The Wiz Live!, and Flesh and Bone.

Christine D’Amore · Stage Manager

Christine’s New York City credits include the Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and the Signature Theatre. At the Encores! series at New York City Center she worked on God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Runaways; Do I Hear a Waltz?; 1776; Cabin in the Sky; Zorba; Paint Your Wagon; Lady, Be Good; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Faust; tick, tick…BOOM!; and A Bed and A Chair. Her Broadway credits include The Color Purple and Les Misérables. Christine has worked regionally at Westport Country Playhouse and Hartford Stage.

La Jolla Playhouse · Co-Producer

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist commissions, and residencies, including BD Wong, Daniel Beatty, and Kirsten Greenidge. Currently led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff. La Jolla Playhouse has had 26 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 35 Tony Awards, among them Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who’s Tommy, Big River, the upcoming Come From Away, as well as Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage Program. Visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

Additional credit

Desiree Hatfield-Buckley · Assistant Costume Designer

Cast

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Brittany Bellizeare · Rose

Brittany is making her Berkeley Rep debut. She has appeared as Camae in The Mountaintop (Northern Stage), Ruby in Seven Guitars (Two River Theatre), in the educational touring show Sunjata Kamalenya (McCarter Theatre), and the one-act musical Archy & Mehitabel (the Yard). She has participated in various festivals in New York City including the New York International Fringe Festival and 48 Hours in Harlem, and she has performed at the Cell, Gallery Players in Brooklyn, and the Public Theater. Her television credits include Eye Candy (MTV), The Knick (Cinemax), Facing Trauma (Discovery Health), and Carol’s Daughter—Do It Yourself (HSN). Brittany received her MFA from the New School for Drama and her BS in Mathematics from Spelman College. Visit brittanybellizeare.com.

Brittany Bellizeare

Andy Lucien · Max

Andy is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He appeared off Broadway in The Qualms (Playwrights Horizons), City of Conversation (Lincoln Center), and The Last Seder (Theater Three at the Mint). He also appeared in Cry Old Kingdom and 27 Ways I Didn’t Say Hi to Laurence Fishburne (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Clybourne Park (Dorset Theatre Festival/Barrington Stage), DNA New Work Series (La Jolla Playhouse), and Revenge of a King (Grahamstown, South Africa). Andy’s television credits include Elementary, Token the Webseries, and BE the Webseries, and he has appeared in the film Seven Lovers. For Karen.

Andy Lucien

Clinton Roane · Emmanuel

Clinton is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He has appeared on Broadway and in London in The Scottsboro Boys. His regional credits include Five Guys Named Moe (Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House), The Scottsboro Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company—Barrymore Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, the Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Ahmanson Theater), Hello! My Baby (Goodspeed Musicals), My One and Only (the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre), and Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Radio City Music Hall). Clinton received his training at CAP21 and his BFA from Howard University. Visit clintonroane.com.

Clinton Roane

Jasmine St. Clair · Laurie

Jasmine is making her Berkeley Rep debut. She has appeared at La Jolla Playhouse in Sideways; Skylight Theatre in Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea; and UC San Diego in Little Children Dream of God (Sula), Cry Old Kingdom (Judith), and In the Red and Brown Water (Shun). She has appeared on television in Shameless and in the film Daddy and Me (Tasha). Jasmine received her MFA from UC San Diego.

Jasmine St. Clair

Reggie D. White · Joseph

Reggie appeared in Party People at Berkeley Rep and is the Theatre’s TCG Artist-in-Residence, heading up the Young Writers of Color Collective. He appeared off Broadway in Troll, I & You, For the Last Time, The Snow Queen, and Dogsbody. His regional credits include I & You (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Hundred Days (Z Space), Crime & Punishment (San Jose Repertory Theatre), and The Last Election (San Francisco Mime Troupe). Reggie is the recipient of the Theatre Bay Area TITAN Award, as well as the RHE Foundation’s Artistic Fellowship. He received his education at Cal State Hayward and Atlantic Theater School.

Reggie D. White

The actors and stage manager are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Audiences spanning cultures and epochs are drawn to [theatre] for something much simpler: the thrill of a good story so well told that it piques the strength, however dormant, of our own imaginations. It makes us feel like children again. The Last Tiger in Haiti…taps into that age-old power with spunk, humor and grace.”

San Francisco Chronicle

[The] juxtaposition of bleakness and beauty, the weight of a culture steeped in folklore and tragedy, is what gives this Tiger its most ferocious moments.”

Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

Brittany Bellizeare pulls off a remarkable age transformation in the lead role of Rose. Each performer is a total standout—Andy Lucien is completely credible as the elder kid who takes on a paternal role, and Jasmine St. Claire delivers a gospel song called ‘The Orange Tree’ that serves as the most memorable of this play’s several spine-tingling moments.”

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