Chicago’s esteemed Raven Theatre Company has unveiled the cast and production team for the eagerly anticipated final show of its 41st season, “THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER.” Set to grace the stage from May 22 to June 23, 2024, with previews running from May 16-19, this production marks the culmination of Joshua Allen’s captivating Grand Boulevard Trilogy.
The Grand Boulevard Trilogy, a Raven Theatre commission, delves into the intricate lives of Black families in early 20th-century Chicago, with each installment unfolding on a different floor of a South Side apartment building. “THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER” promises to deliver a riveting narrative set against the backdrop of the Red Summer of 1919, a period marked by searing racial tensions and scorching temperatures.
In this poignant tale, Virginia Bass, portrayed by the talented Stephanie Mattos, returns to her hometown amidst the simmering racial conflict, only to find herself grappling with strained family relationships, particularly with her estranged father, played by Bradford Stevens. As Virginia navigates the complexities of her past and confronts the palpable tension surrounding her, audiences are drawn into a gripping exploration of identity, reconciliation, and the longing for home.
Joining Mattos and Stevens are a stellar cast including Bryant Hayes as Rev. Eugene Maxwell, Stefan Brundage as George Oakley, RjW Mays as Lottie Dickerson, and Sol Fuller as Daisy Bass. Together, they bring to life a rich tapestry of characters embroiled in a compelling narrative woven by playwright Joshua Allen and guided by the skilled direction of Jerrell L. Henderson.
Behind the scenes, a talented production team helms the creative vision of “THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER,” with Ashley Keys serving as Associate Director, Rita Vreeland as Stage Manager, and Andrea Enger as Assistant Stage Manager. Jared Gooding, Lauren Nichols, Stefanie M. Senior, Gregory Graham, and Catherine Miller contribute their expertise as Lighting Designer, Scenic Designer, Sound Designer, Costume Designer, and Casting Director, respectively.
Artistic Director Sarah Slight expressed Raven Theatre’s excitement for Allen’s trilogy, stating, “With the world premiere of The Prodigal Daughter, Raven Theatre is celebrating his tremendous accomplishment.”
“THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER” is scheduled to run at the Johnson Stage at Raven Theatre, located at 6157 N. Clark St., with performances held Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are priced at $45, with discounts available for students, military personnel, and industry professionals ($35 for previews). For ticket purchases and additional information about Raven Theatre’s 41st season, visit www.raventheatre.com.