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C.A. Lyons Project, The - Full Length Play, Drama

C.A. Lyons Project, The

Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert

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Full Length Play, Drama

4m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573704895

"[The C.A. Lyons Project] can take your breath away." - Atlanta In Town

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Biography

75 Minutes

Time Period - 1980s

Settings Of Play - Chicago, winter in the early 1980s

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Kendeda

WINNER! 2014-2015 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award
Set during Winter in the early 1980’s Winter on Chicago’s South Side, The C. A. Lyons Project tells the story of Amnadla Sister Afrika, a traditional Afrikan dancer; Bethlehem, a classically trained ballerina; and Chaos Unit/Chris Cross, a "space cadet" who does “her own thing”.  They are muses to popular choreographer C. A. Lyons, who is dying. 

C. A. abruptly leaves the company to fulfill a promise to Clyde "Pretty Boy" Wylie, his lover.  Months later, he returns from Paris with signs of Karposi’s Sarcoma, and with Clyde’s ashes. Unable to hide either his sexual identity or GRID any longer, Lyons must face his mortality. If his fledgling company and his fragile muses are to survive, each must face her destiny. 

REVIEWS

"[The C.A. Lyons Project] can take your breath away." - Atlanta In Town, Read More 


Check out these photos from the Alliance Theatre's production of The C.A. Lyons Project in February 2015.


The C. A Lyons Project premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA in February 2015 under the direction of Kent Gash.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

CASTING NOTES

An actress who is deaf plays the role of GRACIOUS DUNNING.
A working knowledge of or interpreter trained actor who is adept in American Sign Language or signed English a PLUS and may eliminate need for COMPANY MEMBER.
All actors have dance/movement skills.  

AMANDLA SISTER AFRIKA né AMY KENT – Dancing role Afrocentric dancer who leads the company in CA's absence.  Mid to late 30s 
BETHLEHEM "BETH" DUNNING – Dancing/signing role Classically trained ballerina.  Mid to late 20s
CHAOS UNIT né CHRISTINE CROSS – Dancing role Tattooed and pierced, gender neutral. 15 - 18 years old
ROSETTA “ROSE” KENT – Non-dancing role/movement Amy "Amandla/Sister Afrika" Kent’s adoptive mother. Mid 50s 
GRACIOUS DUNNING – Non-dancing role/movement Bethlehem's mother, deaf. Early 40s
C. A. (CAL) LYONS JR – Dancing role, Black male Founder, artistic director, choreographer, The New Black Dance Company late 30s
CLYDE "PRETTY BOY" WYLIE – Dancing role, Black male 20s CA's lover
ATTY. RICHARD KENT* – Non-dancing role/movement.  Black male, mid 50s Sister Afrika's adoptive father.
STAN CROSS* – Non-dancing role/movement. Black male, mid 50s Chaos Unit's father
COMPANY MEMBER** – Dancing role. Male or female.  20+ Proficient in ASL or signed English
GRACIOUS DOCTOR/ CLINIC ADMINISTRATOR – Non-dancing/movement VO/OS
Videos
  • Alliance Theatre Director of New Projetcs, Celise Kalke, discusses The C.A. Lyons Project

Author
Tsehaye Geralyn  Hebert

Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert

A Northwestern University graduate, TSEHAYE GERALYN HEBERT is the 2015 Kendeda Alliance National Graduate Playwriting awardee for her play, The C. A. Lyons Project, which held its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. Hébert studied with Barbara Ann Teer (National Black Theatre in Harlem) and earned the M.F.A. in Writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where pygMALI, her ... view full profile

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