The Civil Rights Movement has ignited the South, and the charismatic Rev. Charles Grace needs a new speech to galvanize the people. But it is Olivia, his pregnant wife, who writes those fiery speeches, and her tolerance for playing the supporting role to her husband is wearing thin. As the growing weight of secrets threatens her marriage, and a nation’s hatred threatens her child’s future, Olivia must rediscover the place that love has in her world.

 

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Production Team

Donja R. Love

Playwright

Donja R. Love is an Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker from Philadelphia. He’s the recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, The Lark’s 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellowship, The Playwrights Realm’s 2016-2017 Writing Fellowship, and the 2016 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Award. He is a Eugene O’Neill 2018/2017 National Playwrights Conference finalist and the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. His work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Lark, and The Playwrights Realm. He’s the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ People of Color. Select stage-plays include: The Love* Plays (Sugar in Our Wounds, Fireflies, and In The Middle), a trilogy which explores Queer Love* during pivotal moments in Black History; and Soft. Select film work includes: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), and Once A Star (short film). Training: Juilliard, Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.

Mikael Burke

Director

Scott Penner

Set Design

Gregory Graham

Costume Design

Eric Watkins

Lighting Design

Christie Chiles Twillie

Sound Designer

Christie Chiles Twillie is a Music Director, Sound Designer and Composer. Composition credits include A Raisin in the Sun (Invictus); America 2.0 (Definition); The Niceties (Forward), VietGone (GEVA), The Way She Spoke (Milwaukee Chamber) and Milwaukee Black Theatre Festival productions Black Butterflies, Pretty Fire, Kill Move Paradise, Stew and Home. Film credits include The Pandemic Trilogy, The Clearing and Alone. Christie won the 2019 Footlights Best Musical Direction Award for a Professional Production, and a Rachel Rockwell Fierce Women Behind The Table. She earned a BTAA nomination for Best Music Direction – Original Score (Yellowman) and was a Chicago Broadway World Finalist for Best Music Direction, (Big Fish). Regional credits include Five Guys Named Moe, Newsies, and The Gospel at Colonus (Skylight) and Minnie’s Boys (Porchlight).

Bren Coombs

Props Design

Rita Vreeland

Production Stage Manager

Rita is proud to be returning to Northlight, where she has been the stage manager for 36 productions. Other favorite stage management projects include three years of The Polar Express Train Ride, seven seasons of The Christmas Schooner at Mercury Theater, and productions at Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre Company, Theatre at the Center, and Northlight’s productions of Chapatti and Stella & Lou in Galway, Ireland. She is the proud wife of actor Tom Hickey and mom to nine-year-old Charlie, and earlier last year she celebrated her 20th anniversary as a member of Actors’ Equity Association.Thank you for supporting live theatre!

Northlight’s mission is to remove as many barriers of entry as possible for members of our community to attend our shows. On this page you will find more information on our many accessibility services for Fireflies. Visit our Accessibility Page for more information for our whole season.

 

FIREFLIES ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES:

 

ACCESSIBLE SEATING

ASSISTIVE LISTENING

AUDIO DESCRIPTION
Fireflies – February 12, 2022, 2:30pm

OPEN CAPTIONING
Fireflies – February 12, 2022, 2:30pm

 

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For more information or questions about Captioning, Audio Description, or Relaxed Performances, please contact Ruben Carrazana: 847.324.1615 or rcarrazana@northlight.org.