Second Thought Theatre Announces New Play and Cast of Libra Season by Erin E. Adams  

Dallas: (July 30th, 2021) – Second Thought Theatre is pleased to announce their full production Libra Season. Commissioned as part of their 2020 S.T.E.P. Program (Second Thought Emerging Playwrights), Libra Season has been in development for the past year specifically for zoom by Erin E. Adams. This play will be performed live each night and streamed via Zoom webinar from each actor’s own home. Artistic Director, Carson McCain, says, “When we initially committed to developing this piece, we had no idea if it would still be relevant in 2021. Erin and the entire team have created a performance that transcends 2020, while still capturing the unique frustrations we all experienced during this time. I am thrilled to bring this piece all the way from inception and development to full production. I hope this is the first of many new works Second Thought can foster from the ground up.”

The employees of Libra Ltd. are having a bad fall. After several stressful months of working from home, they now face a leaked memo with possible disastrous consequences. Plus, an impending public nervous breakdown from their teen spokesmodel. Commissioned for and performed on Zoom, Erin E. Adams’ new interactive play, Libra Season, is a comedic digital meditation on 2020. It explores our need to connect and how exhausting it can be to save face when all you want to do is fall apart.

Director                                                      Tiana K. Blair

Stage Manager                                           Cheyney Coles*

Dramaturg                                                  Haley Nelson

Cast                                                                   

IMANI – Jaquai Wade Pearson*

DEVIN – Cameron Casey*

TIM – Parker Davis Gray*

ABIGAIL – Lauren LeBlanc*

CLARISSA/VENUS – Kat Lozano

*Appearing under a Small Professional Theatres contract courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM 

Erin E. Adams (Playwright) is a first-generation Haitian American writer and theatre artist. She received her BA with honors in Literary Arts from Brown University and her MFA in Acting from The Old Globe/The University of San Diego. She’s also a member of the Pitch Wars class of 2020. As an award-winning playwright and actor, her work has appeared in NYC, regional theatres across the country, and on TV in Succession (HBO) and Forever (ABC). Adams has called NYC home for the last seven years and is currently completing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was a Pitch Wars mentee and JACKAL, her upcoming debut novel, will be published with Ballantine Books of Penguin Random House.

Tiana K. Blair (Director) is a freelance director, actor, educator, cultural worker, and a Dallas, Texas native. Her directing work includes Spell 7 (Prairie View A&M University), Dutchman (Metamorphosis Theatre), Mlima’s Tale (Second Thought Theatre), Working (Dallas Theater Center). She is a member of the Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company where some of her acting credits include: penny candy, Steel Magnolias, In The Heights, The Great Society, Hair, and The Mountaintop. Tiana is also a member of Progress Theatre, an international touring ensemble committed to using art to encourage social consciousness, cross-community dialogue amongst audiences diverse in race, age and spiritual background. She holds a B.A. from PVAMU and an M.F.A. from SMU. You can see more of her directing work in the upcoming Southern Methodist University season.

Cheyney Coles (Stage Manager) Cheyney is a Stage Manager from Dallas who currently lives in New York City. She is thrilled to be back with family at Second Thought Theatre, having previously Stage Managed Goat Song, The Great God Pan, Grounded and the S.T.E.P. series developing Libra Season.  Broadway credits include Girl From the North Country (Returning to Broadway October 13th!), Tony Nominated Best Play Sea Wall / A Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, and just before the shutdown she had just joined the team for Aaron Sorkin’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (10th Anniversary Production); High Button Shoes! (New York City Center); Broadway Backwards 2019 (Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids); Sea Wall / A Life (The Public Theater); Girl From The North Country (The Public Theater); The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Over 20 productions at Dallas Theater Center including Hood: A Robin Hood Musical Adventure; Electra; Miller Mississippi; Dreamgirls; Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical; The Rocky Horror Show; Fortress of Solitude. 

Haley Nelson (Dramaturg) Haley Nelson is a dramaturg, NNPN Producer in Residence, LMDA Third Coast Regional Vice President and Kitchen Dog Theater’s Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives. In addition to dramaturging for DFW theaters and podcasts, Haley has adjudicated and assisted for national festivals including PlayPenn, Seven Devils, and the Kennedy Center New Play Intensive. She received a Bly Creative Capacity Grant, Dallas OAC Micro-Residency, and inaugural Actors Theatre of Louisville Emerging Leaders Grant in recognition of her new work dramaturgy and interdisciplinarity. Also a playwright, Haley received SMU’s Rosenfield Playwriting Award and was a 2020 National Young Playwrights in Residence Finalist. 

Cameron Casey (Devin) (They/Them) is a Dallas-based actor, painter, writer, and musician, making their Second Thought debut. Regional stage credits include The Seagull (Eccentric Bear Theatre Co.), Lipstick, Space Girl, and Bridges: LGBTQ Then and Now (Flexible Grey Theatre Co.), City Dionysia (GIANT Entertainment), Suckers (Imprint Theatreworks), and The Guinea Pig. They also perform with ¡No Se!, Dutch Baby, and Death With Benefits as part of the Alternative Comedy Theater. Check them out at camerongcasey.com and @cameronthecasey on Instagram. 

Parker Gray (Tim) is very excited to be making his Second Thought debut. Recent credits include: One Man, Two Guvnors, A 3D Adventure (Circle Theatre), A Christmas Carol (DTC) Hand to God (WaterTower Theatre), Newsies (Lyric Stage), the World Premiere musical POMPEii!!, Feathers and Teeth (Kitchen Dog Theater), An Act of God, Romeo and Juliet, The Aliens (Stage West), He Brought Her Heart Back In A Box, Galileo  (Undermain Theatre), The Hamlet Project, Titus Andronicus, Richard III (Shakespeare Dallas), Two Gentlemen of Verona, King Lear, The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare in the Bar). Parker’s voice can be heard in various shows with Funimation, and can be seen next in Macbeth with Fair Assembly. Parker would like to thank his family and Kristen for their endless support. BFA in Acting from SMU. Represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Lauren LeBlanc (Abigail) is thrilled to be making her Second Thought debut! She’s an actor and writer based in Dallas, though she’s performed and written across the country. Local credits: Tuck Everlasting (Casa Mañana), One Man, Two Guv’nors (Circle Theatre), Blood Brothers (Imprint Theatreworks), and ‪the title role in The Manufactured Myth of Eveline Flynn (Theatre Three). Lauren studied at Texas State, the University of Louisville, and SUNY-Stony Brook. She’s a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is represented by Kim Dawson Talent. For The Team, always, in all the ways. IG: @laurenkleblanc Web: www.laurenkleblanc.com

Kat Lozano (Venus) is absolutely thrilled to be working with Second Thought Theatre on Libra Season. Previous zoom theatrical credits include It’s My Party! (Echo Theatre) and Trials of the House (Hamlet Isn’t Dead). Other credits include Queen of Basel (Kitchen Dog Theater), Pride and Prejudice (Shakespeare Dallas), Dracula (Theatre Three), Wolf at the Door (Kitchen Dog Theater), Comedy of Errors (Austin Shakespeare). Kat was recently in a staged reading of War of the Roses with Shakespeare Dallas and is currently working on Henry V with Shakespeare Everywhere. Film credits include Everything Except Hope and Bitch’s Tit. Kat has a BFA in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin. katlozano.net 

Jaquai Wade Pearson (Imani) is an artist, fine arts educator, and producer dedicated to reflecting the human condition in many facets. Jaquai is a wife and mother and values the awesome support of her family. Pearson’s recent performances include DO NO HARM, a filmed play by Soul Rep Theatre, Checkout Time, an independent short film, Playwrights in the News Room at the AT&T performing arts center and Romeo & Juliet with Fair Assembly at Arts Mission Oak Cliff, for which she was recognized by the DFW Theatre Critics’ Forum as Best Actress in a play.  Well acquainted with the stage, she has recently embarked on film/television performance. Jaquai is an alum of Southern Methodist University and earned her BFA from Meadows School of Arts in Theatre (Acting) and also credits her strong creative foundation to her family, educators and mentors in her hometown of Detroit, MI.  

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