ALL-STAR CAST. A rousing, thoughtful comedy, Day of Absence explores the dilemma of an unnamed Southern town awakening to find all black folk…gone! Who will tend the children? Who will do the menial work? Who really wears the mask? As relevant today as it was when it was written in 1965. Maybe even more so…
$25 / 60 minutes
Check this out: DoA ON THE AIR!
Stephanie Renee, no stranger “to the boards” herself, devoted 15 min. of her radio program, THE SOURCE, to helping raise funds for FQP’s DAY OF ABSENCE. Listen in on this link:
It’s crunch time people. DoA MUST raise $14K in the next few days for Actors Equity and space rental. We really need your help. Momentum is building. Rehearsals are phenomenal. The entire DoA team is stoked. But we need the funds to move forward. Your hearts and spirits are already with us. We feel it as people ask about the show. Do the same with your wallets. Please. Thanks.
Like Iron Age Theatre, Flying Quilt Productions is community-minded and has set aside two free performances for schools, church groups, seniors and people with disabilities for September 12 and 19 at 11am and ½ hour talkback with DoA staff and actors. Audiences can never be sure who will be performing since there will be a round-robin cast, giving the incentive to see it multiple times. The cast includes Barrymore recipients Joilet F. Harris, Cathy Simpson, Brian Anthony Williams and Philly faves Anthony Cooper, Steve Wright, Nastassja Baset, Rich Bradford, Kim Brown, Carlo Campbell, Niya Colbert, Walter DeShields, Andre N. Jones, Tiffany Bacon, Renee Lucas Wayne, Olivia Wayne, Lenny Daniels, Eric Carter and lary motion. Directed by John Doyle. Produced by lary moten.
FLYING QUILT PRODUCTIONS (FQP) is the brain-child of lary moten, a Philly transplant since 1997. lary came here from California where he worked as a film/sound editor in Hollyweird but returned to his passion for acting and the theatre here in Philly. A writer for The Tribune dubbed him Mr. Diversity because of the wide range of jobs he has held over the years – Director of Development for filmmaker Euzhan Palcy (SUGAR CANE ALLEY, A DRY WHITE SEASON), Desk Assistant for Good Morning America, 1st Assistant Editor on LEONARD PART IV, editor of Fox TV’s THE OUTSIDERS, and actor in a number of Philadelphia productions including works by Pugh recipient playwright Ed Shockley to name a few.
FQP’s partner, Iron Age Theatre, has been creating plays that confront social issues and engage radical voices for more than 27 years. Productions include Voices of the People’s History in collaboration with Plays and Players and South Camden Repertory Theater; annual Juneteenth events; and the national tour of Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho. Iron Age is developing a Black Panther oral history performance for 2018 and has brought historic voices to colleges through the educational program, Radical Acts. Other social justice dramas commissioned and produced by Iron Age include Citizen Paine, by Bill Hollenbach, Up From the Ashes by Kate McGrath and the September premiere of To My Unborn Child: A Love Letter From Fred Hampton by and featuring Richard Bradford.