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Talk Back with Marcus Gardley

Playwright of …And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi

Immediately following the Sunday Matinee, July 26 2:00 pm curtain. Talk back begins approximately at 4:30 pm.

Center Theatre at the Armory

 Come meet the playwright of our current production in a talk-back following the Sunday Matinee performance.


If you have attended a previous performance, you are welcome to attend the talk back –we expect space to be available. Plan to wait in the lobby until the performance concludes between 4:30 and 4:45.

This event is free and open to the public.


(Marcus Bio)

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Marcus Gardley is a poet-playwright who is the current recipient of the 2014 Glickman Award. He was the 2013 James Baldwin Fellow and the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid-Career Playwright.

The New Yorker describes Gardley as “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” His play The House that Will Not Stand was commissioned and produced by Berkeley Rep and had subsequent productions at Yale Rep and the Tricycle Theater in London. He is an ensemble member playwright at Victory Gardens Theater where his play The Gospel of Loving Kindness was produced in March and won the 2015 BTAA award for best play/playwright. In 2014, his saga The Road Weeps, the Well Runs Dry about the migration of Black Seminoles (a tribe of African American and First Nations People) from Florida to Oklahoma had a national tour.

He has had several productions some of which, include: Every Tongue Confess at Arena Stage (starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon) and On The Levee, which premiered in 2010 at Lincoln Center Theater 3. He is the recipient of the 2011 Aetna New Voice Fellowship at Hartford Stage, the Hellen Merrill Award, a Kellsering Honor and the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Gardley is a professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Brown University.


Reading of AN ISSUE OF BLOOD by Marcus Gardley

Gardley’s most recent play written in the wake of the events of Ferguson and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Wednesday, July 29 7:30 pm

Center Theatre at the Armory

Free and Open to the Public

An Issue of blood

By Marcus Gardley

A drama about the first slaves in America, 1676

It’s 1676 in Virginia – a time when class, not color, defined an American’s destiny. ​Historic figure and wealthy landowner Negro Mary​​ believes a vile curse has been cast upon her family and land. But her plans to break the curse are thwarted by a secret wedding, an interracial love triangle, and a crime of passion. Can Mary cheat fate and change the course of history? Or will ​their lives end in ​​division and destruction? In An Issue of Blood, playwright Marcus Gardley looks to a pivotal moment in our collective past to understand how we arrived in our tumultuous present.


Negro Mary First         Eva Abram
John-Israel First          Corey Spruill
Dozens Goode            G. To’mas Jones

Nova Goode                 Shermona Mitchell
Calla O’Grady,              Carolyn Marie Monroe
Constable Mason Esau, Conner Nedderson

Stage Directions/

Asst. Director                    Lindsay Zae Summers

Brace EvansanIssueofBloodcrop.  Photo by Ken Holmes.