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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

april 26 – May 19, 2013
chromolume theatre

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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Charles Mathers

 

Charles Mathers is an actor, whose recent work comprises of forthcoming faith-based film WE BELIEVE by Emmy® nominated Producer/Director Rob Childs, in the lead role as Anthony ‘Ant’ Atkinson. He has appeared regularly on MTV, as well as numerous TV shows, including co-starring with Angie Harmon on Rizzoli & Islesi, and has worked both in front of and behind the camera with TV production powerhouse, Renegade 83. He has achieved national attention through the Ad Council’s first comedic Public Service Announcement for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy with Bedsider.org. Charles’ zany personality & talents have been seen on the Internet webisode series The House (www.thehousewebshow.com, Ep. 1 “Barris”), as well as L.A.’s Longest Currently Running Play – Eavesdropper and film short 5150 with TV series Soul Food star Vanessa Williams. Born and raised in Louisiana, Charles earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Southern University and can be heard singing tunes of Joy wherever he may be. He has an avid appreciation for philosophy, literature & artistic expression, plays an array of musical instruments, and skips to his own beat and flow in Los Angeles, California.

Arthur Richardson

 

Arthur Richardson is from Gary Indiana. He began acting in high school when an amused English teacher, took him to the drama teacher instead of the principal’s office for disrupting class, she stated “He needs his own show”! After honing his thespian skills at South Bend Indiana’s Firehouse Theater, Arthur was pressured by peers and family members to move to California to pursue a full time career in acting. An accomplished amateur and professional boxer with a passion for singing and songwriting, this is Arthur’s third appearance in Do Lord Remember Me. “I have the good fortune to go to work and play to entertain people, I am blessed to be doing what I want to do, and to have worked with some people I have admired in entertainment” quotes Arthur. He can be seen in commercials for FM Global and on the big screen in movies like Cleaver Family Reunion (now available on, ON DEMAND) and Age of Dinosaurs with Treat Williams and Johnny Cox on DVD, May 2013.

 

Annzella Victoria

 

The down-home girl with the uptown style, this traveling Texan has recently appeared in Criminal Minds on TV; The Festival Play of Daniel with the LA Opera; The Couples’ Retreat stage tour; and the debut of Bryan Singer’s YouTube webisodic H+. Other US and European notable performances are Much Ado About NothingRomeo & JulietAgents & Assets (US & Holland), Proposals (receiving the ADA best actress award), Look Away (nominated for ADA Award), Purlie VictoriousTo Be Young, Gifted & Black as well as the 2007 West Coast premiere of Do Lord Remember Me. “The personal accounts of these incredible people are so wonderfully insightful, and I consider it a great blessing to be entrusted again to recount their experiences and thank God for it. I pray that all who see this production never forget ‘He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty hero, and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city.’ Thanks also to director Wilson Bell and producer James Esposito for including me in this remounting!”

Virginia Watson

 

Virginia is ecstatic to be hitting the stage for this production of do lord remember me. Her last romp on the “boards” was in NYC in and original production of “ladies rack” at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Prior to that, she was at the lost space theatre in Los Angeles in her own solo performance called “better late than never!!!” Virginia is always very busy in tv world, her most recent appearances on the tube were…Rizzoli & IslesNCIS, and NCIS LA. She has also found her way into the new media world with a web series called “the busters club.” Virginia would like very much to dedicate her performances in the loving memory of her mother joyce young and her father johnny “guitar” watson. And also a shout out to “maddie” (“hang in there girl…I’ve got your back!!!”)

Samuel Simmons


Samuel Simmons is a native of Los Angeles, CA by way of Dallas, TX. He has done various short films, Theatre productions, and music videos. He has also perofrmed with Sacred Praise Chorale (under the direction of Dr. Diane White-Clayton) at the Disney Concert Hall, and the Seban Theatre. He was last seen on stage as Tom Robinson in, To Kill A Mockingbird, at the Sierra Madre PlayHouse in Sierra Madre, CA. He is very excited to be apart of this cast and crew.

Alysia Livingston, u/s

 

Alysia Livingston was born and raised in Houston, Texas. From an early age Alysia loved to play pretend. She would sing and dance everywhere she went and escape into an imaginary world filled with excitement and adventure. Her love for playtime eventually landed her an acting scholarship at Trinity University. During her first semester Alysia won the part of Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It was a revelatory experience and it became undeniable that her purpose was to give to the world through the shared experience of story. After spending time in both New York and Los Angeles and graduating from Trinity with honors receiving a bachelors in both Drama and Business Administration she decided to plant roots in L.A., where she currently resides. Alysia is a proud big sister, yoga enthusiast and Dodgers fan. Go BLUE!

Gregory Thompson, u/s

 

Gregory A. Thompson is a rarity in this business; being born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been pursuing acting as a career since 2004. Film, Television and Theatre audiences have been pleasantly surprised by Gregory’s naturalness and presence on screen and stage. A few of Gregory’s more recent stage performances are Jitney by August Wilson where he recreated the role of Becker, The Girls of Summer by Layon Gray, 12 Angry Men by Reginald Rose, and Split Second by Dennis McIntyre. Gregory has also performed in films, most recently 500 Days of Summer as well as many short films that were entered into film festivals, and television, including a Guest Star role on Monk, a Co-star role on the sitcom Community, as well as various commercials and print work. He has studied under Jean Shelton, Judith Weston, Michael Beach and Stephen Snyder. Gregory would like to wish the others in the ensemble cast the best in bringing the poignant play to the stage. Thank you, Wilson, for your vision and direction. I pray that God touches every member of the audience and fills them with the joy of remembering the good and the bad of slavery times and leave a changed people. God Bless!

Deborah Sharpe-Taylor, u/s

 

DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor’s professional stage performance career began with the First National Touring Company of The Wiz which she joined, after returning from a tour to South America as the 3rd member of THE SUPREMES with Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong. Other STAGE performance credits include, StoryvilleMy Old Friends365 Days PlaysJelly’s Last JamEubieBlues in the NightOnce On This Island, and Letters to Harriet Tubman. She was in the original production of Little Shop of Horrors with her late husband, the original Voice of Audrey II, Ron Taylor. She also performed in, and functioned as Vocal Director (Geffen Playhouse, LA) for the Broadway Musical It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues, which was originally created by her late husband, Ron Taylor. Ms. Sharpe-Taylor enjoyed 3 seasons on American Idol as a member of the finale choir. She is Musical Director for Triple Talent Musical Theatre (Annie), Phillips Performing Arts, Musical Theatre for Kids (Hairspray!The WizAlice in WonderlandBeauty and the BeastSeussicalGuys & DollsAnnie), and the Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation (Christmas Came to Watts TooAs We Like ItDe Obeah Mon). Ms Sharpe-Taylor also teaches her VOCAL ZONE Technique privately offering one-on-one, and group performance vocal instruction. You can also catch her as one of the Aliens on The Neighbors (airs Wednesdays on ABC at 8:30pm).

 

Jovan Adepo, u/s

 

Jovan Adepo is a London born actor, relatively new to the state of California. Since relocating from the state of Maryland (where he attended school), Jovan has been performing for L.A. audiences in a variety of productions on stage and on camera. Amongst his favorite roles: CLAY in Amiri Baraka’s The Dutchman and Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He thanks his family for their endless support.

 

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 Chromolone 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.

 

James Esposito, Scenic Design, Sound Design

 

James has done both scenic and sound design for the first two incarnations of Do Lord Remember Me, in addition to directing (Strip), stage managing, and pretty much any other tech job. He has also done sound design for Chromolume productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. He is also the V.P. of Operations at Chromolume Theatre.

Darby Shaw, Costume Design

 

This is Darby’s first time working with Chromolume Theatre, with hopefully many more productions to come. A native from the Bay Area of California, she came down South to study theater at Cal-State Long Beach, emphasizing in Costume Design and Performance. Since graduation in 2010, she has worked on many small projects including community theatre shows, stitching work for the Long Beach Opera, and a costume commission business run out of her living room.

Anna Cecelia Martin, Lighting Design

 

Anna received her MFA in Lighting Design at CalArts. She completed her undergrad at Wesleyan University with a concentration in lighting and acting. Recently Anna designed a themed park for the Thinkwell Group. This year in LA, Anna designed Our Class for the Sons of Semele Ensemble, Company for the CrownCity Theater, Mindspin for Ugly Rhino, and It Came from the _____ for Theater Mab. Anna’s CalArts designs include Purgatory in InglostadtProsper SpringsLife is a DreamCherry Jam, and The Opening Ceremony to the Wild Beast. She recently designed Cloud 9 with the Moving Art Collective in Belgium and the Czech Republic. Anna toured with Look What I Don’t Understand to Armenia, New York, Chicago and LA. Anna also assisted on broadway for Don Holder on Arcadia.

Chad Parker, Stage Manager

 

Chad Parker has more than ten years of experience stage managing productions for other local theater companies, including Southern California Lyric Theater and Open Gate Theatre, among others. Chad’s most recent credits include AEsopera at the Pasadena Playhouse: Carrie Hamilton Theatre, two stagings of Oliver!, two stagings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (one outdoors), Peter PanMusic ManTwelfth Night, and numerous live sound concerts. While a stage manager by trade, Chad has experience in lighting and sound design and in recent years has been training youth in the philosophy and practice of crew work. Do Lord Remember Me is Chad’s first production for Chromolume Theatre and he looks forward to an exceptional run.

Ken Werther, Publicity


Amphitheatre, Chris Isaacson Presents. C.S.A. Artios Awards. Co-producer, 2008 Ovation Awards Ceremony; The Good Boy, (2011); producer, All Your Hard Work (2012). Assistant director, Stop The World, I Want To Get Off (Musical Theatre Guild), The Women of Brewster Place (Celebration Theatre). Personalities: Erich Bergen, Nicholas Downs, Brian Beacock, Mark Shunock, Mack & Poppy. Web series: McCracken Live! Currently: The North Plan (Elephant), Through A Glass Darkly (Collaborative Artists Ensemble), FleshEatingTiger (Highways), Rent and Private Eyes (K Boulé Pictures/2Cents Theatre), Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (The Blank Theatre), Byron’s Theme (short film by Bennett Barbakow and Michael Grant Terry). Various benefit events. www.kenWerther.com