Ain’t Too Proud
The Life and Times of The Temptations
Book by Dominique Morisseau
Music and Lyrics from The Legendary Motown Catalog
Music by arrangement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
Music Direction & Arrangements by Kenny Seymour
Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Des McAnuff
Limited Season · Roda Theatre
August 31–November 5, 2017
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, plus one 15-minute intermission
An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017). They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and the rest is history—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring you this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Iconic hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and the signature dance moves that made the “Classic Five” Temptations part of our cultural history forever.
Ain’t Too Proud includes haze and smoke effects, a brief moment of flashing light, and a gunshot sound effect. Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.
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The development of this production has been supported in part by the Mosse Artistic Development Fund.
Dominique Morisseau · Book
Dominique is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle), which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Detroit ‘67 (the Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, and National Black Theatre). Additional plays include Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater Company), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me to Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). Her work has been commissioned by the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Women’s Project Theater, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She currently serves as co-producer on the Showtime series Shameless. She has received the Stavis Playwriting Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Weissberger Award, a PoNY Fellowship, the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize, a TEER Spirit Trailblazer Award, the Steinberg New Play Award, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama (Detroit ‘67), an Audelco award, and an Obie Award (Skeleton Crew).
Sony/ATV Music Publishing · Music Licensing
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, established in 1995, is the world’s leading music publisher. It owns or administers more than 3 million copyrights, including those of EMI Music Publishing and iconic music catalogs such as Leiber & Stoller, Mijac Music, Motown and Famous Music. In addition, it represents the copyrights of such legendary artists as The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Sting, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder. Its contemporary roster includes The Chainsmokers, Drake, Calvin Harris, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.
Des McAnuff · Director
Des is a two-time Tony Award-winning director and former artistic director of the Stratford Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse, where he is director emeritus. During his tenure he directed more than 30 productions. His Broadway credits include Doctor Zhivago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, Jersey Boys (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Musical), Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award: Best Special Theatrical Event), Dracula the Musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards: Best Director), A Walk in the Woods, and Big River (Tony Awards: Best Director, Best Musical). Select New York credits include Fetch Clay, Make Man (New York Theatre Workshop). His Stratford highlights include A Word or Two, Caesar and Cleopatra, and The Tempest (all with Christopher Plummer). Opera: Faust (Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera). Film: Cousin Bette (director), Iron Giant (producer, BAFTA Award), and Quills (executive producer). In 2012, Des was awarded Canada’s esteemed Governor General’s National Arts Center Award and the Order of Canada.
Sergio Trujillo · Choreographer
Sergio’s Broadway credits include On Your Feet (Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Drama Desk/OCC/Greenroom/Dora nominations), A Bronx Tale (Chita Award nomination), The Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Award nomination), and All Shook Up. Director/choreographer credits include Arrabal (American Repertory Theatre), Gloria Estefan on Broadway (Minskoff Theatre), Flashdance: The Musical (national tour), and White Noise (Royal George Theatre). Other theatre credits include Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theatre, Astaire Award nomination), Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Olney Theatre–Helen Hayes Award nomination), Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), and The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse). International credits include Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), and The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival). Sergio’s upcoming project is Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse).
Harold Wheeler · Orchestrator
Harold is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical director, musical supervisor, and musician. Perhaps best known for his 17 seasons as musical director of the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, he has enjoyed many years of success over several mediums. Broadway credits include Side Show, Hugh Jackman—Back on Broadway, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award nomination), Never Gonna Dance, Hairspray (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony Award nomination), Swing! (Tony Award nomination), Little Me (Tony Award nomination), The Life (Tony Award nomination), Dreamgirls, The Wiz, The Tap Dance Kid, and Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. He has served as conductor of the Academy Awards three times (most recently during the 89th Academy Awards), only the second African-American conductor in the Academy’s history. He also was one of two conductors during the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008, Harold received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP Theatre Awards. He is married to television and Broadway performer Hattie Winston.
Kenny Seymour · Music Director / Conductor / Keyboard 1 / Arranger
Kenny’s Broadway and off-Broadway credits include the Tony Award winner for Best Musical Memphis (music director/conductor), Amazing Grace: An Epic Musical (orchestrator), Half-Time: A New Musical (dance music arranger/electronic music producer), Marley: A World Premiere Musical (music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator), Tallest Tree in the Forrest (music director/arranger/incidental music), Scary Musical (orchestrator), Big Maybelle: Soul of the Blues (music supervisor/orchestrator), and The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse (dance music arranger). His film and TV credits include Yemoja: Rise of the Orisha (composer), Oya: Rise of The Suporishas (composer), Talking with the Taxman About Poetry (composer, 2013 Global Music Award for Best Original Score), and music arranger/orchestrator for shows on FOX, BET, and NBC including the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama. Kenny has performed around the world, from the Legendary Apollo Theatre and Carnegie Hall to the Montreux Jazz Festival. Education: Music & Art, Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music. Visit kennyseymour.com.
Sean Kana · Associate Conductor / Keyboard 2 / Contractor
Sean is an award-winning Bay Area music director, pianist, and conductor currently serving as the resident music director for Broadway by the Bay in Redwood City, whose latest production was Smokey Joe’s Café. His other recent credits include playing keys at TheatreWorks for Rags as well as the world premiere of the musical Triangle, and he earned Theatre Bay Area Awards for Best Musical Direction for his work on both In the Heights and Dogfight. A classically trained musician with a degree in vocal performance from San Francisco State University, he has toured internationally and recorded sound for movie trailers and soundtracks for Pfeifer Broz. music. Sean possesses an extensive knowledge of repertoire, style, and technique and is a prominent vocal coach in the Bay Area. He currently teaches applied voice for the MFA program at American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco. Visit seankana.com.
Robert Brill · Scenic Design
Robert is thrilled to return to Berkeley Rep, having previously designed The Laramie Project. Broadway credits include Assassins (Tony Award nomination), as well as the set and club design for the critically acclaimed revival of Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls (Tony Award nomination), Buried Child, Design for Living, A Streetcar Named Desire, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and others. His credits include Disney’s Frozen, as well as numerous opera world-premieres, including Moby-Dick, Everest, Cold Mountain, and It’s a Wonderful Life. He has designed for the Whitney Museum of American Art, BAM, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Magic Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. Upcoming: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, directed by Des McAnuff. Robert is a founding member of Sledgehammer Theatre, a recipient of the Michael Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration, and professor of Scenic Design for University of California San Diego.
Paul Tazewell · Costume Design
Paul has been designing costumes for Broadway, regional theatre, film and television, dance, and opera productions for over 25 years. Starting his Broadway career with the groundbreaking musical, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk directed by George C. Wolfe, he followed that with work on the original Broadway productions of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Hamilton; In the Heights; The Color Purple; Dr. Zhivago; Memphis; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Russel Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam; Lombardi; and Magic/Bird. Revival work includes Side Show, A Streetcar Named Desire, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, A Raisin in the Sun, and On the Town. He has received many recognitions for his work. In the same year, 2016, he received both a Tony Award, for Hamilton, and the Emmy Award, for The Wiz! Live on NBC. That summer, he also designed The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for HBO Films starring Oprah Winfrey and based on the best-selling book. He currently lives in New York City and works across the globe.
Howell Binkley · Lighting Design
Howell’s Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway, Come From Away (2017 Tony Award nomination), A Bronx Tale, Hamilton (2016 Tony Award winner), After Midnight (2014 Tony Award nomination), How to Succeed… starring Daniel Radcliffe (2011 Tony Award nomination), West Side Story (2009 Tony Award nomination), Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, In The Heights (2008 Tony Award nomination), Jersey Boys (2006 Tony Award winner), Avenue Q, Parade, and Kiss of the Spider Woman (1993 Tony Award nomination). He is the co-founder and resident lighting designer for Parsons Dance. Howell received the 1993 Sir Laurence Olivier and Canadian Dora Awards for Kiss of the Spider Woman, the 2006 Henry Hewes Design Award for Jersey Boys, and the 2016 Henry Hewes Design Award for Hamilton.
Steve Canyon Kennedy · Sound Design
Steve is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His Broadway credits as production sound engineer include Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, and Carrie. Broadway sound design credits include On Your Feet, Dr. Zhivago, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (Tony Award), Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk Award), Jesus Christ Superstar, Catch Me If You Can (Tony Award nomination), Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins, The Lion King, Jersey Boys (Drama Desk Award), 700 Sundays, Hairspray, The Producers, Aida, Titanic, Big, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Carousel, and The Who’s Tommy (Drama Desk Award).
Peter Nigrini · Projection Design
Peter most recently worked on the world premiere of Monsoon Wedding at Berkeley Rep. His Broadway credits include A Doll’s House, Part 2; Amelie, A New Musical; Dear Evan Hansen; An Act of God; Heidi Chronicles; The Best Man; Fela!; and 9 to 5. His other credits include Grounded and Here Lies Love (the Public Theater), Wakey, Wakey (Signature Theatre), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Second Stage Theatre), Notes from Underground (Yale Repertory Theatre), The Grace Jones Hurricane Tour, Rent (New World Stages), Real Enemies (BAM Next Wave Festival), and Blind Date (Bill T. Jones). For Nature Theater of Oklahoma, No Dice and Life & Times (Burgtheater, Vienna). His upcoming projects are Lucia di Lammermoor (Santa Fe Opera) and The SpongeBob Musical (Broadway 17–18).
Charles G. LaPointe · Hair and Wig Design
Charles has worked on over 75 Broadway shows, including Hamilton, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Anastasia, Amélie, Motown: The Musical, Allegiance, On Your Feet!, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Color Purple, Doctor Zhivago, Of Mice and Men, Violet, Sideshow, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Elephant Man, Radio Golf, After Midnight, Clybourne Park, Bring It On, Newsies, Bonnie and Clyde, The Mountaintop, Women on the Verge…, The Merchant of Venice, Memphis, Henry IV, Cymbeline, Lombardi, Fences, The Miracle Worker, Superior Donuts, 33 Variations, Guys and Dolls, In the Heights, and Jersey Boys. Television: The Wiz Live! (Emmy Award nomination). Charles’ upcoming Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Steve Rankin · Fight Director
Steve’s previous Berkeley Rep credits include Yellowjackets, Ruined, and Mother Courage. His Broadway credits include Doctor Zhivago, Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who’s Tommy, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Farnsworth Invention, Henry IV, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Getting Away with Murder, Anna Christie, Dracula, The Real Inspector Hound, and Guys and Dolls. Off Broadway, he has worked on The Third Story, Below the Belt, and The Night Hank Williams Died. His Stratford Shakespeare Festival credits include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Caesar and Cleopatra. He worked on Rodelinda, Faust, and Iphigenia at Tauride, all at the Metropolitan Opera. Regionally, he has worked at La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe (associate artist), the Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Center Stage, among others. Steve also plays mandolin with Susie Glaze and the New Folk Ensemble.
Edgar Godineaux · Associate Choreographer
Edgar was the associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning musical Memphis, which received the Olivier Award Best Choreography for Memphis UK, and was the director/choreographer for Memphis at Musical Theatre West and Flashdance the Musical national tour. His film credits include Idlewild featuring OutKast, Boldin. His TV credits include So You Think You Can Dance (Canada) and Motown 30th Anniversary. He performed in Dancing with the Stars’ Michael Jackson Tribute, Glee; and Broadway’s Swing, Aida, and Dance of the Vampires. He has toured with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Diana Ross. Edgar is the choreographer for the upcoming STAX Musical.
Tara Rubin Casting · Casting
Tara Rubin Casting’s most recent Berkeley Rep credit is Macbeth. Selected Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed…, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, …Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love; and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, and Asolo Rep.
Molly Meg Legal* · Production Stage Manager
Molly Meg’s Broadway credit includes Jersey Boys. She worked on the national tours of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, the 30th anniversary tour of Annie, Oliver!, and Love, Janis.
Karen Szpaller* · Stage Manager
Karen is thrilled to be back for her 14th season at Berkeley Rep, where she most recently worked on Monsoon Wedding; some past favorite Berkeley Rep productions include Tribes, The Wild Bride, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Eurydice, Fêtes de la Nuit, Comedy on the Bridge/Brundibar, Compulsion, and Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West. Her favorites elsewhere include The Unfortunates, A Christmas Carol (2006–16), Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, 1776, Stuck Elevator, Blackbird, Curse of the Starving Class, and The Tosca Project at American Conservatory Theater; Anne Patterson’s art and theatrical installation Seeing the Voice: State of Grace and Anna Deavere Smith’s On Grace, both at Grace Cathedral; the national tour of Spamalot in San Francisco; Wild with Happy, Striking 12, and Wheelhouse at TheatreWorks; Ragtime and Showboat at Foothill Music Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at San Jose Repertory Theatre; Salomé at Aurora Theatre Company; and Urinetown: The Musical at San Jose Stage Company. Karen is the production coordinator at TheatreWorks.
Chris Waters* · Assistant Stage Manager
Chris was the assistant stage manager on Berkeley Rep’s production of Hand to God last season. He most recently stage managed As You Like It at California Shakespeare Theater. Some of his favorite credits include Othello and King Lear (Cal Shakes); Safe House, Talley’s Folly, and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Aurora Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (Bay Area Children’s Theater/Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre); Orlando (TheatreFirst); pen/man/ship (Magic Theatre); and A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion with Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry (Z Space), starring Danny Scheie. Chris holds an MA in theatre management from University of California, Santa Cruz.
Kimille Howard · Assistant Director
Sean Kana · Associate Music Director
Justin Humphres · Associate Scenic Designer
Anna Robinson · Assistant Scenic Designer
Rachel Attridge · Associate Costume Designer
Ryan O’Gara · Associate Lighting Designer
Walter Trarbach · Associate Sound Designer
Robert Figueira · Associate Projection Designer
Dan Vatsky · Projection Editor
Ashley Rae Callahan · Assistant Wig Design
Sarah Rose Leonard · Dramaturg
Merri Sugarman, CSA · Casting
Claire Burke · Casting Associate
Steven M. Alper · Music Preparation
Richard Krishnan · Music Assistant
Megan Dieterle · Assistant to Des McAnuff
Krysta Hibbard · Assistant to Sergio Trujillo
Stori Ayers · Assistant to Dominique Morisseau
Matt Herman · Scenic Design Assistant
Yi-Chien Lee · Scenic Design Assistant
Sam Rojales · Scenic Design Assistant
Esther Antoine* · Swing / Dance Captain
Esther is excited to join the Berkeley Rep family in this production of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. Her national tour credits include Matilda The Musical, Catch Me If You Can, and Memphis. Her New York City credits include Candide and Los Elementos (New York City Opera). Her regional credits include The Wiz (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Westchester Broadway Theatre), and Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre). Esther has also performed at the Blue Note, the Apollo Theater, and Madison Square Garden.
Derrick Baskin* · Otis Williams
Derrick is making his Berkeley Rep debut. An award-winning actor, he was last seen on the New York stage in Whorl Inside a Loop. He originated roles in two Tony Award-winning musicals, Memphis and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Drama Desk Award), and also originated a role in The Little Mermaid, working alongside Oscar, Grammy, and Tony winning composer Alan Menken and Pulitzer prize author Doug Wright. He is best known for his role in the critically acclaimed Hulu sitcom Difficult People, currently in its third season, and his recurring role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Other film credits include Marshall, starring Chad Boseman, Annie, starring Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx, and Anesthesia, starring Glenn Close, directed by Tim Blake Nelson. Derrick’s concert experience includes performances with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Bublé, Wiz Khalifa, Mariah Carey, and he has written songs on former Beyoncé musical director Divinity Roxx’s debut album I’m Possible.
Shawn Bowers* · Lamont and others
Shawn is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut! He is ecstatic to take part in the world premiere production of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations. Originally from St. Louis, he now resides in New York City. Earlier this year, he participated in the developmental production of the new original musical, Back Home Again, which had a limited run in Walnut Creek at the Lesher Center for the Arts. He travelled the high seas in the Broadway production of the big band jazz-age musical After Midnight. Regional credits include Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and The Addams Family at the Muny. Favorite roles: Rent (Benny), Parade (Newt Lee/Riley), The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), and Mary Poppins (Robertson Ay).
Jeremy Cohen* · Shelly Berger and others
Jeremy is making his Berkeley Rep debut. On Broadway, he appeared opposite Tyne Daly in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Tony Award-nominated production of Master Class. He later reprised his role for the London transfer. Other New York credits include On Your Toes (City Center Encores), Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (Prospect Theatre Company), Alain Boublil’s Manhattan Parisienne (59E59), and the long-running off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes. Regional credits include work at the Kennedy Center, Alliance Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Delaware Theatre Company, and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre. Television and film credits include Blue Bloods (CBS), Shades of Blue (NBC), and Supporting Characters (Tribeca Film Festival). Jeremy composed the music for The Bowery Boys (Marriott Theatre), which received a Chicago Jeff Award nomination for Best New Musical. He is a proud Northwestern graduate.
E. Clayton Cornelious* · Richard Street and others
Clayton is making his debut at Berkeley Rep. He is a Pittsburgh native who has been working on Broadway for nearly 20 years. Broadway credits include the Caterpillar in Wonderland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Scottsboro Boys, A Chorus Line, The Music Man, Kat & the Kings, and The Lion King. National tours include Kinky Boots, Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing, Hairspray, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, The Goodbye Girl, and The Wiz. His West End credits include Sammy Davis Jr. in Rat Pack Live from Vegas! TV/film credits include One Life to Live and Meet Dave with Eddie Murphy. He is a proud member of BIV (Broadway Inspirational Voices). Please follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @Eclaycorn.
James Harkness* · Paul Williams / Dance Captain
James is beyond what his words can express to be a part of this experience. Most recently seen on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, he is a veteran of not only the stage (Aida, The Color Purple, Chicago), but also of our U.S. Navy. He is also a director (and a Handy Award nominee for Best Director), a choreographer, and a songwriter, having just performed his first show, Fragments of Me, at the Metropolitan Room in New York. James is proud and humbled to stand with this company on Berkeley Rep’s stage to tell this story. Instagram/Twitter: LordHarkness.
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr.* · Swing
Rodney is honored to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. He made his Broadway debut in The Book of Mormon after graduating with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. He was last seen traveling North America in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical. A San Francisco native who was discovered in his public elementary school at age 9, Rodney continued his theatre and performance education at Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company, and graduated from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts’ theatre department. He is now the artistic director and co-founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO), a nonprofit theatre company whose mission is to culturally diversify the theatre scene of the Bay Area by producing live theatre that is reflective of the authentic perspectives and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter: @RodneyEJacksonJ, and Instagram: rodneyearljacksonjr. Visit sfbatco.org.
Taylor Symone Jackson* · Johnnie Mae and others
Taylor is excited to be making her Berkeley Rep debut. Her regional credits include The Wiz and Oklahoma (workshop) (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery (Spelman College). Her New York credits include Becoming David (Playwrights Horizons), Find (Nuyorican Poets Cafe), and Viva Las Vegas (AMDA). Her TV credits include My Parents, My Sister & Me; The Game; and Born to Dance. She is also trained in various styles of dance from the Atlanta Ballet and acting at the Freeman Studio. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in New York.
Jared Joseph* · Melvin Franklin
Jared is a New York-based actor making his Berkeley Rep debut. New York/Broadway credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me, The Book of Mormon, Encores! Cabin in the Sky, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. National tours include Dreamgirls and The Book of Mormon (Latter Day Tour). He was last seen in the Bay Area in American Conservatory Theater’s production of The Scottsboro Boys (Mr. Bones). His regional theatre credits include Hair: Retrospection (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and The Parchman Hour (the Guthrie Theater). Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Black Nativity. Jared holds a BFA from New York University.
Jahi Kearse* · Berry Gordy and others
Jahi, an Atlanta, Georgia native living in New York, is making his debut at Berkeley Rep. His Broadway credits include Holler If Ya Hear Me (the Palace Theater) and Baby It’s You! (the Broadhurst Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include The Total Bent and The Fortress of Solitude (the Public Theater), and select regional credits include Lungs, Satchmo at the Waldorf, and Bars & Measures (B Street Theatre); Indian Joe (the Goodspeed); Maurice Hines’ Yo Alice (Radio City Music Hall); Debbie Allen’s Souls Possessed; Seussical The Musical (the Alliance Theatre); Passing Strange, Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Topdog/Underdog (the Studio Theatre); and Gut Bucket Blues, Sty of the Blind Pig, and Two Trains Running (True Colors Theatre). Jahi is a proud alumni of the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta and Tri- Cities High School for the Visual & Performing Arts.
Jarvis B. Manning, Jr.* · Al Bryant and others
Jarvis, a native of Houston, Texas, is extremely proud to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. His favorite performance credits are Jackie Wilson, Eddie Holland, Billy Gordon, and Rick James. He portrayed these musical legends in the first national tour of Motown: The Musical, and on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. He received his educational foundation from the legendary High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA NY).
Jeremy Pope* · Eddie Kendricks
Jeremy is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He was a Drama League nominee alongside Denzel Washington and James Franco for his lead role as Pharus in Choir Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club) written by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Off-Broadway credits include Invisible Thread directed by Diane Paulus and The View Upstairs. Jeremy, a recording artist, is also a photographer published in Vogue and Cosmopolitan magazine. Visit @jeremypope.
Devin L. Roberts* · Swing
Devin is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He appeared on Broadway in The Lion King. He also appeared in Cabin in the Sky and Do I Hear a Waltz? (City Center Encores). Off-Broadway roles include Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Venice (the Public Theater), and Soul Doctor (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional credits include Stagger Lee (Dallas Theater Center), Chicago (North Shore Music Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Theatre Under the Stars), and Hairspray (Walnut Street Theatre). TV credits include Smash, Tony Awards 2012, and America’s Got Talent.
Rashidra Scott* · Josephine and others
Rashidra is making her Berkeley Rep debut. Favorite regional credits include Reno in Anything Goes (Goodspeed Opera House), Deloris in the regional premiere of Sister Act (Ogunquit Playhouse and Gateway Playhouse), Lorrell in Dreamgirls (Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire), Hairspray (Paper Mill Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (Stages St. Louis, Kevin Kline nomination), and Dionne in Hair (Arizona Theatre Company). Her Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (original Broadway company, Grammy Award), Sister Act (original Broadway company, U/S Deloris; first national tour, Deloris), Hair (U/S Abe Lincoln), Finian’s Rainbow (U/S Dolores), and Avenue Q (Gary Coleman). Other favorite credits include Nala in the opening cast of Hong Kong Disneyland’s Festival of the Lion King among other Walt Disney World Entertainment productions and appearing on Rescue Me (Sony/FX) as Violet the singing nurse. Rashidra has a BM in Music Business/Management from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Visit rashidrascott.com.
Caliaf St. Aubyn* · Dennis Edwards and others / Fight Captain
Caliaf is an artist who strives to entertain his audience with hopes that they leave each and every performance feeling fulfilled. This will be his Berkeley Rep debut. Some of his accomplishments are performing with one of his mentors, Gregory Hines, in the Showtime movie Bojangles and sharing the stage with the incomparable Ms. Patti LaBelle and Sam Smith. He was involved in the Smokey Joe’s Cafè 20th anniversary tour, and had a featured role in the 2013 film, Admissions. He also played the role of Jimmy Early in the production of Dreamgirls at the Gallery Players Theater in Brooklyn, NY, in 2013. This resulted in his nomination for the 2013 Audelco “Outstanding Performance in a Musical” award and the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre “Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role” award. More recently he was involved in the Broadway musical, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Follow him on Instagram @c.st.a.
Ephraim Sykes* · David Ruffin
Ephraim is making his Berkeley Rep debut. A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Ephraim can be seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s new feature film Detroit, now in theatres. He was last seen as Seaweed J. Stubbs on NBC’s Hairspray Live!. Ephraim graduated from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University BFA program with departmental honors and toured with the Ailey II company for two years. His TV/film credits include Marvin in HBO’s Vinyl, Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, Marvel’s Netflix series Luke Cage, Leave It on the Floor, Dance Flick, CBS’ NYC 22, NBC’s Smash, and 30 Rock. Ephraim made his Broadway debut in The Little Mermaid and was in the original casts of Hamilton: An American Musical, Memphis, Newsies, and Motown: The Musical.
Nasia Thomas* · Tammi Terrell and others
Nasia is making her Berkeley Rep debut. She was recently seen as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. Her other credits include the national tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (swing). Regional credits include Hairspray (the Muny) and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits include The Wiz (Dorothy), Les Misérables (U/S Fantine), and Dreamgirls (U/S Effie). Nasia is a graduate from Elon University where she received her BFA in Music Theatre, 2015. Follow her on Instagram: @n_a_s_v.
Christian Thompson · Smokey Robinson and others
Christian is thrilled to be making his Berkeley Rep debut. He recently ended his run as Benjamin Coffin III, as well as the U/S Roger, in the 20th anniversary tour of Rent. Other recent credits include De’Andre in Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre of Harlem) and Tap Brother 2 in After Midnight (Norwegian Escape). Christian received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Pennsylvania State University, Crew ‘15.
Candice Marie Woods* · Diana Ross and others
Candice is making her Berkeley Rep debut. A native of Texas, she has performed all over the United States and internationally. Most recently, she appeared as Deena Jones in the Worklight Production/OD Company Korean tour of Dreamgirls. A few of her Broadway credits include Hairspray (Dynamite and U/S Inez), Catch Me If You Can (Ensemble/featured vocalist on original cast album), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Flo), and The Book of Mormon. National tours include Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage and Legally Blonde (Pilar). She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Clayton Craddock · Drums
Clayton is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He attended Howard University to study business, but his first love was always music. After graduating with his business degree, he moved to New York in 1993 to pursue a fulltime career in music. He toured with the show Footloose and returned to New York to work on tick…tick…BOOM! He began subbing on Broadway shows, including Motown: The Musical, The Color Purple, Bare, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, and Avenue Q. He was the drummer on two Tony Award-winning shows, Memphis and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. He has appeared on The Colbert Report, The View, The CBS Early Show, the Today Show, and the 2010 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. He has shared the stage with legends such as Hubert Sumlin, The Stylistics, Deniece Williams, Chuck Berry, and Ben E. King.
Larry De La Cruz · Reeds
Larry has performed professionally with Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Werner, Bob Berg, Dave Liebman, Donald Harrison, Steve Smith (Journey & Vital Information), Doc Severinsen, Phil Woods, Hal Crook Big Band, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Four Tops, San Diego Symphony, Classics Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. He has played for various artists in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and France. Most recently, he has been playing in pit orchestras for musical theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Larry studied music at the Berklee College of Music, California State University at Long Beach, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University. His private instructors for saxophone are Charles McPherson, Andy McGhee, Leo Potts, and James Rötter.
George Farmer · Bass
George’s Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Spring Awakening, Memphis, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, and Fun Home. He has performed with such artists as Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik, Alexis Hightower, Amel Larrieux, Omar, Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and Michael Cerveris.
Lucas Gayda · Violin
Lucas is a Bay Area native with a tick for anything creative. In recent years, he’s collaborated musically with Broadway by the Bay, SF Playhouse, Ray of Light Theatre, and Mountain Play, among others. In addition to being a lifelong performer and dwelling within the pits of local theatres, he is also a digital designer and independent writer working and living in San Francisco.
Stuart Langsam · Percussion
Stuart is a multifaceted percussionist and music educator from Southern California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from San Jose State University, a Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and is currently studying towards the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Oklahoma. He was a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for eight seasons performing classics, pops, ballet, and youth concerts. Some of his other performance credits include the Kansas City Symphony, Tulsa Symphony, Ft. Smith Symphony, Stockton Symphony, and the National Children’s Choir. In 2011, he presented a marching percussion exhibition at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the Oklahoma State University Drumline. He has also presented clinics at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and the PAS Oklahoma Day of Percussion. Stuart is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.
Christina Owens · Violin
Christina is a violinist, violist, and actor who regularly plays in the pit for Bay Area theatres, including Broadway by the Bay, Berkeley Playhouse, Woodminster Summer Musicals, Altarena Playhouse, Youth Musical Theater Company, and the Mountain Play on Mt. Tamalpais. As an actress, she holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University and an MFA in Acting from American Conservatory Theater. Favorite roles often include playing and acting, such as the blind violinist in The Producers (Broadway by the Bay), and the fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof (Youth Musical Theater Company). Christina has served as co-concertmaster for the Oakland Civic Orchestra and helps run its chamber music affiliate, Opus Oakland. She frequently performs with the Awesöme Orchestra Collective.
Keith Robinson · Guitar
Keith is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He has performed lead guitar and recorded with a wide variety of artists, including James Brown; Earth, Wind & Fire; Beyoncé; John Legend; Lenny Kravitz; Usher; Bruce Springsteen; Gary Clark, Jr.; Willie Nelson; Martina McBride; Stevie Wonder; Mary J. Blige; Vanessa Williams; Tracy Chapman; Herbie Hancock; and k.d. lang. TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Soul Train, The View, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, and The Kennedy Center Honors. For the past 14 years Keith has performed as a member of the Kennedy Center Orchestra. He is currently working on his blues-inspired album to be released soon. Keith is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and lives in New York City.
Lane Sanders · Percussion
Lane is a San Francisco Bay Area drummer/percussionist, with a BM and MA in Percussion Performance from San Jose State University. His primary work and area of expertise is in musical theatre, with recent credits including Next to Normal (Broadway by the Bay), Altar Boyz (Center Rep), Bat Boy (Los Altos Stage Company), The Rocky Horror Show (RH South Bay), and Seth Rudetsky’s Concert for America. In addition to musical theatre, Lane has a strong background in rudimental percussion. He was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, as well as an instructor for the SJSU Marching Band, and has written arrangements and has been on staff for many high school marching band drumlines all over the Bay Area. Orchestrally, Lane has been a guest musician with the Monterey County Pops, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Air Force Band of the Golden West. Visit lanesanders.com.
Chip Tingle · Trombone
Chip has led a diverse career in the music business, including performing with, promoting, presenting, and booking artists and ensembles across the full spectrum of styles and genres, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, The Lion King, The Color Purple, Tito Nieves, Wynton Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Paco de Lucía, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Eliane Elias, Randy & Michael Brecker, Joe Zawinul, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and jingle and soundtrack studios, along with teaching privately and for such entities as Sonoma State University, San Jose Jazz, Sacramento State University/Jim Widener Camps, and University of the Pacific/Brubeck Camps. Chip is the proud father of two beautiful teenaged girls, Kelsey and Courtney.
John Trombetta · Trumpet
John is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area after almost 25 years in NYC. He’s performed extensively as a member of organizations like the Radio City Orchestra, Aretha Franklin Band, Rickey Minor Band, and countless Broadway pit orchestras (not to mention a handful of appearances with The Temptations over the years!). His trumpet can be heard in television, films, and commercial jingles.
* Indicates a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
Musicians in this production are members of Musicians Union Local 6, American Federation of Musicians.
Not just your imagination: Temptations musical rocks! Richly textured, perfectly blended harmonies back lead vocals that somehow combine swaggering showmanship, meticulously honed technique and emotion of almost unbearable intensity.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Absolutely electrifying! The music alone is enough to make this a must-see theatrical event…A rich and rewarding pleasure.”
Throbs with grit and groove. Now more than ever, the magnitude of what the band accomplished, crossing over into the mainstream, and what they sacrificed to get there resonates. There’s nothing [like] the irresistible beat of the Temptations.”
Mercury News / Bay Area News Group
Behind the scenes: Ain’t Too Proud
See what happens backstage in the minutes leading up to curtain of this show celebrating the life and times of The Temptations.
Official trailer: Ain’t Too Proud
Get a glimpse of the electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations!
Behind the scenes: Dominique Morisseau and Otis Williams
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations writer Dominique Morisseau and The Temptations founding member Otis Williams talk about the legacy of The Temptations and how their story is relevant today.
Sneak peek: Ain’t Too Proud
Drop by rehearsal and listen to the hit songs, see the electrifying choreography, and hear from the creative team behind our new musical about the life and times of The Temptations.
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Docent talks and discussions
Pre-show docent talks
Meet us in the Theatre an hour before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 30-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.
Free live simulcast
Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) team up for a free live simulcast of the closing performance of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations.
- Sunday, November 5, 2017 · 7pm
To see the live simulcast, join us at BAMPFA’s outdoor screen on the corner of Addison and Oxford Streets in downtown Berkeley. Bring your own seating and refreshments (no alcohol). This event takes place rain or shine!
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, September 8, 2017
Stick around after select performances for lively Q&A sessions with our artists on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.
- Friday, September 22, 2017
- Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- Thursday, October 5, 2017