Greenway Arts Alliance has announced the world premiere production of Breathe, a drama by Javon Johnson. Directed by Levy Lee Simon, there will be two preview performances on September 23 and 24 at 8pm and opening night is set for Friday, September 25 at 8pm. The limited engagement of 17 performances will run through Friday, October 23.
The cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Brandon Armstrong, Wade Barrett, Walter Cox, Monifa Days, James Giordano, Dutch Hofstetter, John Marshall Jones, Blake Scott Lewis, Carrie Madsen, Kamahl Naiqui, and Lyn Ross. The set design is by Max Oken, lighting design is by Jeremy Pivnick, costume design is by EB Brooks, and sound design is by Will Mahood.
Breathe is the story of two teenagers (one black, one white) who are involved in separate acts of violence but the consequences they each face are based not only on evidence but also on the color of their skin. Using a combination of urban poetry and dramatic action, Breathe explores the tensions, decisions, and conditions that lead the boys to prison and the effect their imprisonment has on their families.
Playwright Javon Johnson is an actor, writer, poet, and director. He is a founding member of Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago. His work has been recognized with many honors including the Black Theatre Alliance August Wilson Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Award, a Yukon/Pacific New Play Award, and a Kennedy Center Fellowship. Several of Johnson’s plays have been performed in regional theatres across the country. As an actor, he has appeared on The Mob Doctor, Prison Break, Survivor’s Remorse, and Trapped in the Closet, among many others.
Director Levy Lee Simon is also an actor and a playwright. He is the author of more than 20 plays which have received productions in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The list includes For the Love of Freedom Trilogy, The Bow Wow Club, and The Guest at Central Park West, to name only a few. His most recent plays include The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel and The Last Revolutionary, both of which were featured at the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival. As an actor Simon has performed in over 60 productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres, in England, and the Caribbean.
The mission of Greenway Arts Alliance is to unite the community through art, education and enterprise. A nationally recognized innovator, Greenway has created a world class model of how a non-profit arts organization can thrive while operating 99-seat theatre that welcomes emerging artists, students, and seasoned professionals alike.
There will be two preview performances of Breathe on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24 at 8 p.m. and opening is set for Friday, September 25 at 8 p.m. The regular performance schedule is as follows, all at 8pm (except as noted) — Saturday 9/26; Sunday 9/27 at 7pm; Mondays 9/28 & 10/5; Wednesdays 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21; Thursdays 10/8, 10/15, 10/22; Fridays 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23. Tickets are $35 for reserved seats and $25 for general admission and may be purchased online at www.greenwaycourt.org or via phone by calling (323) 673-0544.
Greenway Court Theatre is located at 544 N. Fairfax Boulevard, in Los Angeles, 90036. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the theatre.