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Nicole Hodges Persley
Warren Deckert, Technical Director/Designer -- Warren’s 45 years of theatre experience include being the Artistic/Technical Director for Great Bend Community Theatre, technical director/designer for the Bethel College Drama Department and union membership in I.A.T.S.E., Local 190, Wichita, KS. He has designed the lighting and/or sets for over 170 productions. Currently he is an assistant house manager for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, the resident technical director/designer for KC MeltingPot Theatre and technical director for Just Off Broadway Theatre. In Kansas City he has directed Bernice At Bay/The Butterfly Effect, Gidion’s Knot, and “Sue Aside...” (KC Fringe Festival), Waiting To Be Invited and The Taste Test (co-productions with KC MeltingPot).
A Soft Escape is about an African-American couple, married for over forty years, at the end of their lives together. The play is made up of definitions of family; the generational connections to a specific neighborhood or community made up of the people who were committed to raising you. They nurtured, steered, disciplined, influenced and supported your existence by just being present and contributing their characters to the daily life of that community. This is a play about an African-American neighborhood that nobody talks about anymore.
Angelina Grimke’s anti-lynching play Rachel is one of the first plays written by an African American woman to be produced for the stage. Produced by the NAACP in March 1916 and published in 1920, Rachel tells the story of Rachel Loving, a hopeful young woman coming of age who imagines a life helping others and raising a family. Rachel’s life is never the same after she discovers the devastating effects of racism on the children she cares for and the truth about the deaths of her late father and brother.
Harvey Williams is the founder of KC MeltingPot Theatre. He has directed "The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines", "White Sangria", "Echoes of Octavia", "On Shoulders Now", the 2013 production of "The Session" and the 2015 production of "Old School". Harvey is a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild and Actors’ Equity.