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Old Black & White Hollywood

April 16 - May 16, 2021

  • By ShaWanna Renee Rivon

  • Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene

  • FULL LENGTH PLAY – ALLEY ALL NEW READING

  • Run Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes 

Overview

Hollywood, 1954. Black comedienne Doris Jean is performing at an after-hours club and catches the eye of producer Samuel Stahr. His T.V. show featuring a former radio star is floundering; Doris Jean may be just what The Eva Rose Show needs. Doris refuses to play a maid and is cast as one anyway. But the two women connect and make a delightful comedy duo. Still, how high can a talented Black woman rise in old black and white Hollywood? A new play by Houston author and former LA actor ShaWanna Renee Rivon.


In February, Alley Theatre Director of New Work Elizabeth Frankel chatted with Houston playwright ShaWanna Renee Rivon about her two exciting new plays this spring. Watch the video or listen to the podcast.

"Alley Playwright Mines Old Hollywood’s Shortcomings for Laughs — and Hope"
Houston City Book

Before you watch the performance, the program provides cast bios, sponsor backgrounds, and further reading. Read.


Viewing party event

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. CT
Please join us for a live viewing party on Zoom followed by an Alley Chat with the playwright and director moderated by Director of New Work Liz Frankel. We will gather together virtually and experience this new play together. This event is free but registration in advance is required. Register here


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Alley All New Producer

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Creative Team

Pierre Dupree

Sound Design and Sound Editor

Dan Jones

Lighting Consultant

Victoria Beauray Sagady

Director of Photography and Editor

Emily Bohannan

Assistant Stage Manager

The Cast

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Candice D'Meza

as Doris Jean

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Elizabeth Bunch

as Eva Rose

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Dylan Godwin

as Samuel Stahr

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Chris Hutchison

as Louis Singer

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Jay Sullivan

as Ken Davis

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Shawn Hamilton

as “Dynamite” Jackson