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Six Degrees of Separation
by John Guare

logo_six_degrees.gif (9648 bytes)May 7 - May 29, 1999
Directed by Rhonda Clark

Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the 1991 New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Inspired by a true story, a young man charms his way into the lives of a wealthy circle of friends by telling them he is the son of Sidney Poitier and promises them all a part in his father's upcoming movie version of Cats. This compelling comedy-drama makes us all take a look at what it means to be a part of our society and how such disparate folks are so closely related in a world where everyone is linked by Six Degrees of Separation.

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Views of rehearsal and run of "Six Degrees of Separation".
From left: Hal Kohlman, Khnemu Menu-Ra, Linda Parrish, and James Tyra

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THE CAST:

Ouisa Kittredge

Linda Parrish

Flan Kittredge Hal Kohlman
Geoffrey James Tyra
Paul Khnemu Menu-Ra
Doorman/Detective Bob Cross
Hustler Adrian Thompson
Kitty Jayme Martin Howell
Larkin Nick Backes
Tess Sumrall Howell
Woody Richie Rayfield
Ben Alan Kaiser
Dr. Fine Robert Curry
Doug Scott Meek
Trent Charlie Monnot
Rick Wil Rogers
Elizabeth Sasha Manley
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THE CREW:

Director Rhonda Clark
Set Design and
Scenic Painting
Nick Backes
Lighting Design Steve Gilmore
Set Construction and Light Advisor Tom Harrington
Sound Design Joe Daleo
Stage Manager and Sound Operator Bob Bates
Asst. Stage Manager Tom Gibson
Lightboard Operator Kimberly Moore
Backstage Crew Lyn Bates
Adrian Thompson
Light Crew Scott Andrews,
Robert Rosenhammer,
Kyle Watson
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Khnemu Menu-Ra as Paul

 

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Adrian Thompson and Khnemu Menu-Ra


PRODUCTION NOTES:

Our "double-sided Kandinsky" painting is inspired by two Kandinsky works: Accent in Pink, 1926 and Improvisation XXXI (Naval Battle), 1913. The set design is inspired by Kandinsky's Unbroken Line, 1923, and the poster design incorporated Kandinsky's Light, 1930.

The play is based on a true story. Growing up in Buffalo, New York, David Hampton idolized Sydney Poitier and turned his fantasy of secretly being Poitier's son into a hoax that eventually invaded the lives of many prominent New Yorker's in the early 1980's. Hampton called himself David Poitier and through charisma and sheer bravado convinced everyone that he was the actor's son.

Playwright Guare first learned of the real-life hoax from his friend Osborne Elliott, who was one of Hampton's victims. Guare kept the story and the newspaper clippings stashed away for seven years until using them as the starting point of a play beginning in 1990.

His comedy touches on tensions that discolor life in the '90s - racial tension, homophobia, homelessness, celebrity status, the perennial fears of having one's privacy invaded and conflicts between parents and children.

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James Tyra, Linda Parrish, and Hal Kohlman

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Zak Lowery - Suzanne Charney - Jon Womastek - Doobie Potter - Michele Feltman-Strider - Mary Freeh

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Originally produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City.

 

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