Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been...

Feb 14 2019 to Mar 10 2019
by Carlyle Brown
Regional premiere

“Impassioned. The play itself is like poetry to watch.”

Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been... runs 
Feb 14 through Mar 10
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00
Pay What You Choose Performances: 2/21

NOTE: We will have a Saturday matinee performance Feb 16th at 3pm in addition to Saturday evening's opening performance. There will be no performance on Sunday, Feb 17

On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent Sub Committee on Investigations led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. As accusations whirl, censorships abound, and freedoms are called into question, this inspired-by-true-events, lyrical drama examines not only the tense yet necessary relationship between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power.

NOTE: This show contains scentless "cigarette smoke."


Langston Hughes – Djoré Nance*
Frank Reeves – Christopher Dontrell Piper
Senator Joseph McCarthy (voice) – Bob Hess*
Senator Everett Dirksen (voice) – Bradley Campbell*
Roy Cohn (voice) – Blake McNamara**
David Schine (voice) – Justin Locklear**

*Member, Actors Equity Association                               **Equity Membership Candidate 

Production Staff: 

Director - vickie washington*
Production Stage Manager - Megan Beddingfield*
Assistant Director - Elizabeth Herrera
Set Design - L. W. Miller
Lighting Design - Aaron Johansen
Costume Design - Laurie Land
Sound Design - Kat Fahrenthold
Video Design - H. Bart McGeehon
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett
Assistant Stage Manager - Katherine Ahola
Dramaturg - Tiffany Cromwell
Shop Foreman - Karlee Perego

*Member, Actors Equity Association

About the Author: 

Carlyle Brown is a writer/performer and artistic director of Carlyle Brown & Company, based in Minneapolis, which has produced The Masks Of Othello: A Theatrical Essay, The Fula From America: An African Journey, and Talking Masks. His plays include The African Company Presents Richard III, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, The Beggars’ Strike, The Negro of Peter the Great, Pure Confidence, and others. He has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Houston Grand Opera, the Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a recipient of playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, and the Pew Charitable Trust. Mr. Brown has been artist-in-residence at New York University School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, The James Thurber House in Columbus, and Ohio State University Theater Department, where he directed his music drama Yellow Moon Rising. He has been a teacher of expository writing at New York University; African-American literature at the University of Minnesota; playwriting at Ohio State University and Antioch College; African-American theater and dramatic literature at Carlton College as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Artist and “Creation and Collaboration” at the University of Minnesota Theater Department. He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville. Mr. Brown is a core alumnus of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He served on the board of directors of The Playwrights’ Center and Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the nonprofit professional theater, and on the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African-American History and Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, where his works and papers are archived. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence.