ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Mercedes White was born and raised in Chicago. She is an actress and screenwriter dedicated to inspiring change through her words. She is a founder and former ensemble member of Definition Theatre company. She has written three full-length plays. ​GENESIS:​ ​A Prequel to a Raisin in the Sun w​as produced by Definition in 2014. ​THE RIVER JORDAN h​ad a public reading at Steppenwolf Theatre as well as a reading at Victory Gardens theatre in 2019. She is the winner of the 2018 Modern Works festival with Urbanite Theatre for her play, The space in between. Also Gentrification sucks. Black Lives Matter. 

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ABOUT THE PLAY

Genesis takes place in the summer of 1919 in Chicago where Walter and Lena not only have to deal with the brutality of the race riots but also the uncertainty of their marriage after a terrible tragedy.

THE CAST

WALTER: Brandon A. Wright

LENA: Bianca Taylor

RED: Kelly Kirkley

YOLANDA: Psacoya Guinn

TIFFANY: Maddie Jones

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR: Anthony Michael Stokes

PLAYWRIGHT: Mercedes White

COSTUME DESIGN: Tony Toney

VIDEO PRODUCTION: Titan Productions Inc.

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: Marcus D. Johnson