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About the 2020s
ACT continues to grow and change, increasing and strengthening its presence as a home for bold, provocative voices in theatre, and challenging audiences with works both old and new. In 2015, ACT celebrated its 50th anniversary and its 40th year of A Christmas Carol.


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Choir Boy (2023)
For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical Black men. One talented student, Pharus Young, has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? This riveting show is an intersectional coming-of-age story and a powerful examination of personal identity against institutional traditions: here, being black and queer in a prestigious all-male prep school. From Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Academy Award®-winning writer of Moonlight, Choir Boy electrified Broadway with its soaring gospel, spiritual, and R&B performances.
About the Play
About the Production
Run Dates: 9/9/2022 - 10/23/2022
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Jamil Jude
Cast: Nicholas Japaul Bernard - Pharus Jonathan Young
Stephon Jamaal Dorsey - Understudy
Nehemiah Hooks - Understudy
Jesimiel Jenkins - Understudy
Bill Johns - Understudy
Tristan B. Johnson - Understudy
Donovan Mahannah - Junior Davis
Larry Paulsen - Mr. Pendleton
Arlando Smith - Headmaster Marrow
Brandon G. Stalling - David Heard
Kyle Ward - Anthony Justin "AJ" James
Jarron A. Williams - Bobby Marrow
Behind the Scenes: Erin Bednarz - Sound Designer
Bill Berry - Producing Artistic Director - 5th Avenue Theatre
Trevor Bowen - Costume Designer
Jada Cato - Musical Director
Tony Cisek - Scenic Designer
Kaja Dunn - Fight Director; Intimacy Choreographer
Bernadaine C. Griffin - Managing Director - 5th Avenue Theatre
Juel D. Lane - Choreographer
John Langs - Artistic Director
Sermona Mitchell - Associate Director
Anita Shah - Managing Director
Chip Sherman - ACT Core Company Liaison
Andrew Smith - Lighting Designer
Brandon G. Stalling - Fight Captain
Anna Vraney - Assistant Stage Manager
Kyle Ward - Vocal and Dance Captain
Jason Michael Webb - Vocal Arrangements
JR Welden - Swing Stage Manager
Erin B. Zatloka - Stage Manager