From the Director...
It’s always a pleasure coming back to work with Titan. I’m especially proud to be working with the Future Classics Festival because for too long classic has been synonymous with white. I appreciate Titan for actively pursuing a more accessible idea of what a Classic is.
Genesis is special to me because I was first introduced to it as an actor during the pandemic. It came into my life at a moment where I desperately needed something to sink my teeth into. Through this story Mercedes gifted me with work that helped to recalibrate my artistic self. Coming back as the director for this production feels like a ‘thank you’ to Mercedes and these characters for that gift.
Brandon A. Wright
About the Playwright...
Mercedes White graduated from the University of Illinois in 2012, where she cultivated her passion for acting and storytelling. Her roots as a biracial child of both African American and Mexican descent in Chicago inspire her to tell stories of individuals whose voices are often unheard, specifically those of women and girls who look like her. Her tv and film writing credits include The 30th Year(s), Mailroom, and Cupid's Chokehold, which won Best Screenplay at the Gladiator Film Festival. She is currently working on a new play called Metaphor for a Tree, which addresses the Disparities in Maternal Mortality Rates for Black Women. Mercedes is based in Brooklyn, NY, where she serves as the Director of Theatre at The Harlem School of the Arts. She dedicates her work and future success to her late younger brother, Alvin White.
Marc D. Lyons
Harlan Penn Scenic Design
Mental Health Ambassador