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Sneak Peek Sunday – Chicago Trailer #2 – Evan Linder & Liz Sharpe

Chicago Byhalia, Mississippi Production Trailer #2- by Richard Edward III featuring Evan Linder & Liz Sharpe Itching to see a scene from Byhalia, Mississippi? Check out the below cut from our Chicago production featuring Evan Linder and Liz Sharpe as Jim and Laurel, the young, working-class couple preparing for the birth of a baby. Talented filmmaker Richard Edward III lends his talents to capture the young …

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More Pins on the Map; Birmingham and Boulder Tonight!

January 16th, 2016 Tonight, our friends in Alabama and Colorado are extending the Conversation into two new states with staged readings and we couldn’t be more excited to hear how their audiences and communities have to say. Among the several Southern companies contributing to the conversation, Theatre Downtown has an exciting cast and team and we wish we could be there …

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Byhalia, Mississippi’s Four World Premieres Open NOW!

January 8th, 2016 HERE WE GO! Byhalia, Mississippi by Evan Linder The play will open tonight in World Premiere Productions in Four North American Cities. Here are the twenty actors (and two photobombing directors) originating these roles tonight. Next week, there will be staged readings in Los Angeles, Boulder and Birmingham.  Let’s all go to the theatre.  Then let’s have …

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Modern Romance: Introducing… the Jim and Laurels

Behold, in all their foul-mouthed glory, Jim and Laurel. Or Jims and Laurels rather. These eight actors will be originating the roles of these star-crossed lovers opening in four simultaneous productions across the continent this Friday. And stay tuned to meet the other characters from these productions as well as the casts of the staged readings in Los Angeles, Boulder and …

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Sneak Peek Sunday: October 7, 2014 – Julian Parker

October 7th, 2014 Reading of Byhalia, Mississippi in Chicago Here’s another stand-out scene from the 2014 reading at the Dank Haus in Chicago featuring the talented Julian Parker. Julian appears as Karl below along with playwright Evan Linder as Jim. Julian is a founding member of WPCONVO participant Definition Theatre Company along with Chicago’s Byhalia, Mississippi director Tyrone Phillips. Julian is an accomplished actor of stage …

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Soundtrack Saturday #4: Garrison Starr

Happy New Year! There’s no better way to welcome a new year than with a new play. “BYHALIA ROAD” Byhalia Road is an extension of MS Highway 309 that cuts through Byhalia, Mississippi, the setting and title of our play. It’s also a must-hear song by singer-songwriter Garrison Starr off her album The Girl That Killed September. A Hernando, Mississippi native, Starr has released seven …

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Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson and Mississippi in the 1970’s

  The character of Ayesha in Byhalia, Mississippi is extremely proud of her father-in-law Quincy for his participation in the protests in Byhalia in 1974. Detailed in our previous post The Once and Future Mississippi by Donald J Simon, these protests and the ensuing boycott of Byhalia businesses were led by Alfred ‘Skip’ Robinson, founder of the United League of …

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Sneak Peek Sunday(ish): October 7th, 2014- Daeshawna Cook

October 7th, 2014 Reading of Byhalia, Mississippi in Chicago The blog catch-up continues with our Sneak Peek Sunday(ish). The following scene between Laurel and Ayesha was performed by Liz Sharpe (Chicago’s Laurel) and Daeshawna Cook. Daeshawna was the first actor to breathe life into Ayesha after Evan decided to scrap Byhalia‘s Act II and start over with a new character. Daeshawna has been seen at …

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Soundtrack Saturday(ish) #3: Lucinda Williams

Holiday Break is over and we are barreling on through the final few weeks of rehearsal! “RUBBER ON GRAVEL” This phrase is used ten times in Byhalia, Mississippi either by the characters or in Evan’s stage directions. This sound cue is used to announce an arrival to Jim and Laurel’s house, or sometimes as a cause for celebration when a houseguest who …

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The House That John Wilson Built

Set Model: Byhalia, Mississippi (Chicago) by John Wilson   John Wilson: Chicago Set Designer John Wilson has designed more than 100 sets for Chicago stages over the past decade. A native Texan, John was fairly certain he knew what Jim and Laurel’s house looked like during his first conversations with Definition and The New Colony in Chicago.  At the end of the evening, …