Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of stop. reset., written and directed by Regina Taylor, August 20 through September 29, 2013 with a September 8 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).
The cast includes Michi Barall (Signature’s Queens Boulevard, An Oresteia) as Deb, Teagle Bougere (Wings, A Raisin in the Sun) as Chris, Ismael Cruz Cordova (“The Good Wife”) as J., LaTanya Richardson Jackson (The Fighting Temptations) as Jan, Carl Lumbly (Jitney, “Alias”) as Alex Ames and Donald Sage MacKay (“Scrubs”) as Tim.
As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset.asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.
The design team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Karen Perry (Costume Design), Lap Chi Chu (Lighting Design), Robert Kaplowitz (Sound Design), Shawn Sagady (Projection Design), Valerie Gladstone (Hair & Make-up Design), Rick Sordelet (Fight Direction) and Stephen Gabis (Vocal and Dialect Coach). Casting by TELSEY + COMPANY, William Cantler CSA. Gwen Gilliam is Production Stage Manager.
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.