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Chromolume Theatre’s name comes from the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Sunday in the Park with George, about an artist struggling to make art meaningful in 19th Century France. Chromolume Theatre was founded by two struggling artists in 2003 with its primary mission to present the American musical on an intimate level in an entertaining, intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying way. With growth and change, Chromolume Theatre’s mission has evolved with a new dedication to presenting Broadway’s forgotten gems and off-Broadway’s undiscovered treasured, and shining a light on productions that deserve a second look. Chromolume Theatre also provides opportunity for artists to shine who have not had such an opportunity in the past, as well as a dedication to diverse and multi-cultural casts and crews.

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Do Lord Remember Me

By James de Jongh

september 8 -october 8, 2006
march 10 – april 1, 2007
raven playhouse
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From the day of the first slave auction in 1655, to the publication of the first slave autobiography in London in 1789, the voices of the American slaves were silent. Since then they have risen in glorious song and courageous speech to tell the tales of those who have endured the “Infamous Practice” and “Peculiar Institution” of slavery. In the 1930’s, President Roosevelt asked the Federal Writer’s Project, part of his Works Progress Administration, to go out and interview the last generation of Americans born in slavery, who were then in their eighties, nineties, or even older. Now, the words and songs of the slaves themselves come together to tell their tales. Sometimes humorous, sometimes painful, these men and women will awaken your sympathy, command your admiration, and break your heart. These are the bravest of us, the strongest, the most devoted and hardest worked–and for too long, the least valued. These are the true tales of slavery–a night you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Parnell Damone

 

A proud member of Actor’s Equity, this is Parnell’s first production with Chromolume Theatre Company. This is also his second West Coast Premiere this season; having recently completed The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Pico Playhouse. Other credits include: Dreamgirls (can’t wait to see the movie!), EvitaBed, Boys & Beyond RagtimeNaked Boys Singing. Films include: Tyrone JonesDreamgirlsMaroAmistad, and Blade. “Thanks to my friends and family for their continued love and support!”

Rodney Hobbs

 

Originally from Memphis, TN, Rodney J. Hobbs is elated to be making his LA stage debut in Do Lord Remember Me. He started performing professionally in theater in Richmond, VA, in 1996 and eventually worked his way into industrial videos, commercials, TV series, and film. In 2004, he launched his entertainment career in LA, and is blessed and highly favored to be living his childhood dream. Since The Big Move, he has appeared in a national commercial, and has guest-starred on The Shield and The Bernie Mac Show. He thanks his beloved wife Freda for being crazy enough to follow him to LA, and for her never ending, unconditional love and support. He dedicates this performance to his original slave-partner, Michelle Carter, with whom he performed some of these same characters in a children’s theatre show many moons ago. Praises and honor to Jesus Chris, for “God done spared a few o’ us to tell da tale.

Shavonda Mitchell

 

Shavonda is delighted in making her debut with Chromolume in Do Lord Remember Me. Originally from San Diego, CA, she’s traveled some, picked up a BA in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA; and did some acting in St. Louis and in New Jersey. Some of her credits include: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is EnufRomeo and Juliet, and King a Man and His Dream, a children’s theatre production with the St. Louis Black Repertory Company of which she had the opportunity of portraying the late Mrs. Corretta Scott-King. It is an honor and a privilege to give a voice to some of America’s unsung heroes. Their tenacity and strength gives one reason to live with gratitude and perseverance. Mrs. Angelou said it best, we really are “the dream and the hope of the slave.” Shavonda would like to thank her mother for her love, prayers and support, and dedicates all performances to her late brother Kwasi Mitchell. Lastly, all Glory, Praise, Love is due to the Ancient of Days her Rock, Sword, and Shield. You are everything my Lord, and everything is You! To everyone, God bless and enjoy the show!

Arthur Alonzo Richardson

 

Arthur Richardson is a native of Gary, Indiana. He is owner of One Or Two Good Men Moving Company in Los Angeles. Arthur has been acting since, “a hysterically laughing high school math teacher turned me into the drama teacher for acting a fool.” Also, a city wide Gifted and Talented high school scholar, Arthur has since earned best actor and supporting actor nominations in Indiana’s Civic Theatre District for the well known productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Blues from an Alabama Sky. He has made his second appearance in the national touring production of A Woman’s Worth as the side splitting character Uncle Sax, appearing alongside Techina Arnold, Rickey Bell and Naughty by Nature’s Treach. Arthur is also a gifted singer-songwriter, held down many occupations from Mortgage Broker to Insurance Agent and believe it or not, professional prize fighter. As an amateur boxer Arthur won the Chicago Golden Gloves and Catholic Youth Authority tournaments in Illinois and as a professional trained with legendary boxing champions like Aaron Pryor and Angel Manfreddy. Arthur is especially proud to be part of the cast of Do Lord Remember Me. “This is a great cast and a very good piece of art by Mr. deJongh. As soon as I read the character breakdown, I knew I had to be a part of this work and I am extremely grateful.”

Annzella Victoria

 

Annzella Victoria is originally from Houston, Texas. She has been nominated and received various acting awards for work on stage and screen, including Agents & Assets (performed here and in Holland); Proposals (for which she won an ADA best actress award); PurlieTo Be Young, Gifted & BlackThe Amen CornerCheaters; and General Hospital. While this is her first time working with Chromolume, it’s not the first time with director, Wilson Bell, with whom she received one of her other acting nominations. “I would like to thank Chromolume for this opportunity to do a piece which I hope educates, encourages and blesses the audience. If the slaves could get over what they got over without bitterness, so can you! And to God be the glory!!!!”

Bambadjan Bamba, u/s

 

Originally from Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Bambadjan arrived in the states at the tender age of 10. He spent his formative years in Richmond, VA; where he fell in love with the craft of acting. After High School he attended an Actors Conservatory School in NYC. Since graduation he guest stared in TV show such as Law & OrderSopranos, and Wyclef in America. His film credits include I Think I Love My WifeTears of the Sun, and Spinning into Butter. Bambadjan made the move to California three months ago and is ready to take it by storm. Bambadjan is Honored to be apart of such an important peace of theatre. He dedicates this performance to everyone who paved the way for Black people in America and all around the world. Special thanks to Wilson Bell for giving me a chance, Annzella Victoria for her mentorship, and his fiance Ganohon whom he thanks for her everlasting love and support.

Christopher Carrington, u/s

 

Christopher is originally from Tampa, Florida, where he received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Florida. He is a veteran of the stage with leading roles in plays such as William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the critically acclaimed A Dr. Juess ChristmasCall Out My NameOne Flew Over the Cuckoos NestEmpress of the Blues: The Bessie Smith StoryEl Hajj El Malik El Shabazz and A Raisin In The Sun for which he was honored with the coveted Peirrot Award for Best Actor for his powerful portrayal of Walter Lee Younger. Christopher has also been busy on the big and small screen, too many credits to name. This is Christopher’s first adventure with the Chromolume Theatre Company and he is trilled to be apart of this wonderful production. He hopes you all enjoy the show.

Wilson Bell, Director

 

Wilson Bell is a native of New Orleans, La. Like his hometown, he is determined never to give up and to rise to above his challenges. His television credits include FrasierNYPD BlueAngel, and Strong Medicine. He has worked in several local Los Angeles productions and venues including the the Zephyr, the Odyssey, and the Fountain. He performed such roles as Lyons in Fences, Cory in Fences, Jesus in Godspell, and Richard III in Richard III. He toured Australia in Michael Phillip Edwards one-man play Runt and received critical acclaim for his performances. He has directed several productions in New Orleans, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. He recently produced and directed an award winning short film Joe Willie’s Friend which he also wrote and in which he acted as well. He is very pleased to be a member of Chromolume Theatre and to be directing this play for the company. Wilson Bell has not yet reached his dream of making his living entirely as a creative artist, but he is “no ways” tired. He believes that the Lord will make a way somehow, sometime. He will continue to press on until that day.

Paul Wong, Musical Director

 

When Paul discovered Chromolume Theatre Company, he knew he had found a perfect fit because of Chromolume’s multi-ethnic/multi-cultural composition, its non-traditional casting sensibility, and its focus on musical theatre with an emphasis on the works of Stephen Sondheim. After appearing as an actor in Chromolume’s You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow and City of Angels, he is making an rare foray backstage as Musical Director. Previously, he has served as Musical Director for Merrily We Roll Along and as Vocal Director for Into the Woods and Passion, all at East West Players. He is proud to have appeared as an actor in 9 different Stephen Sondheim shows (so far) and is excited to be a part of Do Lord Remember Me. Thanks to Mom and Dad for the gift of music as a child and to Tomm and Beamer for love and support.

James Esposito, Scenic Design, Sound Design

 

This is James’ first design which reaches the stage as opposed to remaining on paper. He received an “A” in Stagecraft at Santa Monica College while designing a final project of Sunday in the Park with George. Not impressive enough? “Well,” says James, “there just isn’t much else. Sorry.” James also dedicates this production to Douglas Forsyth, the Technical Director and teacher at Santa Monica College who gave James that “A” and who was recently in a terrible car accident and is looking at roughly two years of rehab.

Laura Russell, Costume Design

 

Laura Russell is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and has been living in LA since 2004. She has a BA in Technical Theatre from Slippery Rock University and has helped create three seasons of costumes for American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. She is excited to be collaborating with Chromolume Theatre on such a meaningful project.

Christopher Singleton, Lighting Design

 

Christopher Singleton is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Stephanie Feury Studio. He is also involved with Comedy Central Stage and a member of Moving Arts. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in May, 2004. He has recently returned from designing Aquarium, for the New York International Fringe Festival, in New York City, New York. Other recent travels have taken Christopher to Colorado Springs Colorado, where he designed A Tale Of A Tiger, Me, Myself and YouRocky Mountain FolliesAn Evening With Tsidii Le Loka, and A Mountain Celebration for the Colorado Festival of World Theater. Christopher is delighted to be working with such a fun and professional group.

Elliott Lawrence, Stage Manager

 

Pennsylvania native Elliott Lawrence graduated from the acclaimed Pittsburgh H.S. for Creative & Performing Arts. After studying journalism and music at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a chance encounter drew him across the country to join The Young Americans, with whom he went on seven national and international music outreach tours. On these tours, he worked as a line captain and logistics director. Elliott has done sound design for musicals such as Anything Goes and Fame. An accomplished musician, Elliott has also played bass for numerous shows, including A Chorus Line and Working. Elliott has also served as music director for Damn Yankees and the Leehman Sands Dinner Theatre. Elliott is very proud and grateful for the opportunity to bring his experience to such a worthwhile project.