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Definition Theatre Company presents GENESIS
The Den Theatre
Chicago, IL
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Definition Theatre Company presents GENESIS

written by Mercedes White
directed by Alana Arenas

About the Play

1918. Chicago's South Side. Hundreds of thousands of black workers have fled the rural south to seek newfound opportunities in the industrial north, and America's involvement in the Great War is rapidly coming to an end. Walter Senior and his wife Lena are hoping to cash in on the American dream. Walter's got himself a good job, and Lena's is pregnant with their first child. But when tragedy strikes, Walter can't help but lash out, and before you know it, all their hard work now teeters in the balance. Genesis is play about humanity and how we respond when we hit the wall and feel like we can no longer stand. A heartfelt story about family, solidarity and the ties that bind, Genesis takes us back to where it all began.

The Cast

Tyrone Phillips*

Mercedes White*

Kiandra Layne

Tiffany Addison

Kelson Michael McAuliffe*

Julian Parker*

The Production Team

Alana Arenas (Director)

Neel McNeill (Asst Director)

Kelsy Durkin (Stage manager)

Moon Jung Kim* (Scenic design)

Eric Van Tassell (Lighting design)

Aaron Stephenson (Sound design)

Megan Turner (Costume design)

Kevin Qiu (Properties master)

Jennifer McClendon (Production manager)

Aurora Adachi-Winter* (House Manager)

*Denotes Definition Theatre ensemble member

Production Location:

The Den Theatre (Main Stage)
1333 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Production Dates:

September 4 - September 28, 2014
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3:00pm

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Check out this video of ensemble member Mercedes White talking about what inspired her to write this piece.



The Den Theatre (View)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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