Costume Renderings for And I and Silence by Clint Ramos.
"A triumphant drama! Delivers a gut level impact."
Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly
“Heartbreaking! A politically potent historical drama.”
Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“Fervently acted and gracefully directed!”
David Cote, Time Out New York
Two imprisoned teenagers, one black, one white, form a perilous bond. As the young women serve time, they forge a plan for survival. When the outside world proves even more dangerous than the jail itself, their private world becomes an untenable practice ground for their new lives. And I and Silence explores the fierce dreams of youth and the brutal reality of adulthood in 1950’s America.
And I and Silence contains violence, strong sexual situations, and adult themes. Suitable for mature audiences.
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IMAGE: Naomi Wallace. Photo by Gregory Costanzo.
AND I AND SILENCE Trailer
Rachel Nicks and Samantha Soule.
IMAGE: Photo by Matthew Murphy.
And I and Silence: Younger and Older Jamie in Conversation
And I and Silence: Younger and Older Dee in Conversation
Interview with Naomi Wallace
Click here to read an interview with playwright Naomi Wallace.
MEET AND GREET PHOTOS
Emily Skeggs, Rachel Nicks, Trae Harris and Samantha Soule.
IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.
Trae Harris: Young Jamie
Rachel Nicks: Jamie
Emily Skeggs: Young Dee
Samantha Soule: Dee
Scenic Design: Rachel Hauck
Costume Design: Clint Ramos
Lighting Design: Bradley King
Sound Design and Original Music: Elisheba Ittoop
Dialect Coach: Charlotte Fleck
Fight Direction: David Anzuelo
Production Stage Manager: Amanda Michaels
Casting: Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA
Trae Harris (Young Jamie): Trae Harris is a performance artist, writer and activist. She is thrilled to be making her Off Broadway debut with The Signature Theater. Trae’s TV and film credits include: “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix), and Newlyweeds (Shaka King, director). She studied theater, poetry and race relations at the New School.
Rachel Nicks (Jamie): Rachel Nicks is a fresh and talented Juilliard trained actress. Immediately upon graduation, Nicks landed a lead in the HBO film Life Support starring opposite Queen Latifah. She most recently made appearances on the television series “Nurse Jackie” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Her film credits include Ball Don’t Lie which also features Melissa Leo and Ludacris. Nicks made her stage debut in the Tracey Scott Wilson production of The Good Negro at the Public Theater.
Emily Skeggs (Young Dee): Off Broadway: Fun Home (The Public, dir. Sam Gold), Transport (Irish Rep, dir. Tony Walton), Take Me Along (Irish Rep, dir. Charlotte Moore). Regional: Our Town (The Huntington, dir. David Cromer), The Shakespearean Jazz Show (NOLA Shakespeare Fest, ArtsEmerson). Workshops: The Huntington, ArtsEmerson, Yale Institute. Other credits: Macbeth, Dancing at Lughnasa, Robinhood, Much Ado..., The Actor, The Bluest Eye, The Golden Age, Six Characters..., Common Ground (Emerson College).
Samantha Soule (Dee): Broadway: The Philanthropist, Dinner At Eight, Coram Boy. Off-Broadway: A Fable, A Summer Day; Killers and Other Family, The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick, Obie Award); Much Ado About Nothing, Detroit '67 (Public), A Little Journey (Mint, Drama Desk Nom.); Gabriel, The Voysey Inheritance (Atlantic); Monstrosity (I3P); Valhalla (NYTW); The Dining Room (Keen, Drama Desk Award). Selected Regional: Candida (BTF), Evildoers (Yale), Twelfth Night, An Enemy of The People, The Tempest (Shakespeare Theater), Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown) Film/TV: "Nurse Jackie," "Blue Bloods," "Do No Harm," "Law & Order: SVU," "Smash," How We Got Away With It, Cigarette Soup, The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, Revolutionary Road. BFA: Juilliard. Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Rep.
Naomi Wallace (Playwright): Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays—which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States and the Middle East—include One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East, And I and Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, The Liquid Plain. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated into the permanent répertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie-Française. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce-Mcleod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton-Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013 Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama.
Caitlin McLeod (Director): Caitlin's directing work includes The Malcontent (Shakespeare's Globe), CommonWealth (Almeida Theatre); FACTS, And I And Silence, Northern Star (Finborough Theatre); The Children's Hour (Royal Welsh College); The Red Set, Mahua (The Royal Court, "New Plays from Chile and India"); Escalator Plays (HighTide); Love, Love, Love (La Mousson d'été Festival and Théâtre du Rond-Point, staged readings); One Short Sleepe (Southbank Festival); The Lady's Not For Burning, Elephant's Graveyard (Warwick Arts Centre); Slaughter City (Royal Shakespeare Company, staged reading). As Assistant Director, Caitlin's work includes Strange Interlude (National Theatre); Hamlet (Globe) Love and Information, In Basildon, Love, Love, Love, Haunted Child (The Royal Court); The Talented Mr Ripley (Royal and Derngate); Touched (North Wall Theatre, Oxford). Caitlin studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick and was Trainee Director at the Royal Court Theatre from 2011-12.
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August 5, 2014
Ninety minutes with no intermission
A post-show Q&A with members of Signature's Artistic Department
August 28; September 2 & 9
A pre-show discussion with one of the show's designers.
World of the Play
“Women Prisoners and America’s Incarceration Crisis”: Moderated by Brian Phillips and featuring Mary Johnson, Victoria Law and Vivian Nixon, this panel will consider the evolving attitudes toward women’s imprisonment, from the reformatory ideal of the Progressive Era to the current mass incarceration crisis and the War on Drugs—as well as the ways in which the criminal justice system perpetuates sexual and racial injustice. Click here to read panelist biographies.
September 13 at 4:15pm
Signature Book Club
Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
September 11 at 7:30pm
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