Sept. 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Location: Beaubourg Theatre [614 Gravier St.]
Hot steamy New Orleans, LA is the setting for this love story that is laced with pure Southern sexiness. Main characters Celia DuBois and Jeffrey Jackson are going through the ups and downs of love and are experiencing the consequences of past relationships where there was a lack of self-love. Relationship issues, skin color bias, domestic violence, distrust, self-doubt and irresponsible sexual behavior are just a few of the issues that is placed under a microscope and then enlarged for the reader to absorb as both characters speak in first person, giving the reader an up close and personal view of the story being told. Benny's Place, a Coffee House/Cafe located in the French Quarters of New Orleans; charming and visually nostalgic embodying the ambiance of a 1940s juke joint, is where Celia and Jeff meet. Benny Thibodeaux, the proprietor (or as Benny pronounces, pro pie ta) of the cafe is a New Orleans native whose wisdom and clairvoyance is the motivational balm that both Celia DuBois and Jeffrey Jackson are in desperate need of.
Meet the cast
Pamela Davis-Noland is a writer, playwright, director, and producer. Her first novel, "COFFEE-COLORED DREAMS," and the subsequent play COFFEE-COLORED DREAMS: A STAGE PLAY, have both garnered critical success around the country. Her plays include THE UNACQUAINTED: A GOSPEL and BADU-IZMS: A TRIBUTE TO ERYKAH. She has directed Taylor Mac's THE LILY’S REVENGE, NOTHING VENTURED, and several readings. As founder of Keen-Amity Publishing & Entertainment, Pamela has produced quality live-performance and supported children's books, comedies, dramas, and plays since 2002. Her passion and purpose are to make her mark on the world of literature, entertainment, and art.
Dr. John (Ray) Proctor is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Tulane University where he teaches Intermediate Acting, Advanced, African American Theatre History, and Theatre for Social Justice. He holds a BA in English from Webster University, an MFA in Acting from West Virginia University, and a Ph. D. in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Proctor has also co-authored (with Ms. Olivia Dawson) the play - Out Loud, which opened at eta Creative Arts Foundation on Chicago's south side. The play received seven 2014 Black Theatre Alliance nominations for Best
Play, Best New Script, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Ensemble. He is a featured contributor in the forthcoming essay collection "Adaptations and Translations of Shakespeare: Race as Text", which will be published in November 2019.
April Louise is a Theatre Teaching Artist at Young Audiences Charter School and an Ensemble Member of Goat in the Road Productions. She was most recently seen as Cranztrosen in The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story and as Angie in Stockholm Syndrome - both with The Nola Project. Some of her proudest accomplishments include performing as Adeline in The Stranger Disease with Goat in the Road Productions and celebrating the win of 4 Big Easy Entertainment Awards with the cast and crew of the show. She's also humbled to have performed in the 24 Hour Musicals in New York City and to have been crowned Stage Door Idol at the National WII Museum's Stage Door Canteen. She's elated for the opportunity to explore and share such a personal account of love and the nuances of color-ism in this production with No Dream Deferred.
Josef Pons is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard with a B.A. in Theater. Mr. Pons has been in plays all over NewOrleans, some which include Two Trains Running, Jungle Kings, Fences, and many others. He is excited to be a part of this stage reading with this amazing cast. It has truly been an honor and thanks Lauren for all of her hard work.
Sarah Dupuy is a native of New York with Haitian heritage now living in New Orleans. A graduate of Hunter College in NYC, she earned a bachelor's in Anthropology and Theater. She subsequently studied screen writing at New School University and acting in NYC at HB Studious as well as Cherry Lane at Bank Street Theater. Sarah is honored to continue her acting journey with No Dreams Deferred Theater Company in New Orleans.
Henry David III
Henry Davis III will be playing the role of Miles Davis and is extremely honored to be working with No Dream Deferred for their inargual season. This will be his first time performing on this stage and he would like to thank his family, Lauren Turner, and India Mack for the opportunity.
Samantha Beaulieu is an actress, filmmaker, and former radio host, who has always loved a
great story. A proud New Orleans native, began her professional acting career 16 years ago in
Los Angeles, California. Samantha costarred in the blockbuster films Now You See Me; Bad Moms; and Big Momma’s House 2, to name a few. She recently wrapped production on the Russell Crowe thriller
Unhinged. Samantha is over the moon to be reprising her role as MARIA LEVINE and performing in No
Dream Deferred NOLA’s inaugural fundraiser/ Stage Reading of Coffee Colored Dreams.
Samantha wishes to dedicate her performance to her beloved late father Paul Othello Beaulieu,
Jr., the first professional storyteller she even knew, and undoubtedly her biggest fan.
Bianca Siplin is a stage, television and film actress. Bianca is a proud member of WIFT (Women in Film & Television) where she is currently the co-chair of Sponsorships and Grants. Earlier this year she played Miss Foxhill in Suddenly Last Summer with the Tennessee Williams Theatre Company (NOLA) and co-starred in On Becoming A God in Central Florida on Showtime. Bianca is ecstatic to be a part of No Dream Deferred’s reading of “Coffee-Colored Dreams!”
Ron Flagge is a veteran entertainer of Stage, Film and Television. He has most recently appeared in the movie Green Book, Queen Sugar, and the musical Ragtime.
Coffee-Colored Dreams talk w/Pamela-Davis Noland
Where are you from? How has that shaped you as a writer? How does living in New Orleans affect your writing?
I'm from Lake Charles, LA. Growing up in a very small community of Black people; there were lots of fascinating stories told. Quite a few of them end up in my writings.
I moved to New Orleans to write. The very essence of the city inspires me.
Which character from COFFEE-COLORED DREAMS do you most identify with, if any?
I most identify with Celia but only because we're both writers and both strong willed Black women. And I'm sure I've made some of the dating mistakes that she has. But that's pretty much where it ends.
How would you describe your "community?"
Very small but mighty. All of us are lovers of the Arts.
How do you formulate new ideas for plays or novels?
My favorite form is adaptation. I love making old stories new again; spinning them and making them relevant to the present.
What is your favorite word?
What are you reading right now?
'Mid-City Errands' by Ronald Fisher. A wonderful story told through the eyes of a 7 year old little boy who grew up on Columbus Street in Midcity, New Orleans. Great history about Bayou Road area.
What is your least favorite word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What ideas are driving your writing right now?
The history of Bayou Road and the incredible stories about the people who lived, worked and strived there.
In your opinion, why does theatre matter?
I can't think of a better way to tell a story! We learn about human motivation and psychology; people and cultures; self-expression can be developed and creativity can flourish.
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