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.
- WINNER! 2014-2015 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award
"[The C.A. Lyons Project] can take your breath away." - Atlanta In Town, Read More
KeywordsBlack issues, Death, Friendship, Illness/Health, LGBT issues, Love, Memory, Economic/Financial Issues, Disability, Theatre/Entertainment Industry
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1980s
- Duration: 75 Minutes
- Setting: Chicago, winter in the early 1980s
- Additional Features: No intermission, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
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
- Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
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.
The C. A Lyons Project premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA in February 2015 under the direction of Kent Gash.