Our Verse in Time to Come @ DC Public Library
By Malik Work and Karen Ann Daniels, in collaboration with Devin E. Haqq
Directed by Vernice Miller
Part of Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare’s First Folio
Booking and details
Dates Mon, Apr 03 — Sun, Apr 23, 2023
Duration 90 minutes with no intermission
Please note, this play includes content related to being incarcerated.
Inspired by the works and words of Shakespeare, Our Verse in Time to Come bridges the past with the present through verse, song and memory, and interrogates whose stories remain and whose role it is to ensure they survive.
An aging emcee, affectionately known as SOS, gets out of prison after 25 years only to be diagnosed with early onset dementia. Realizing it’s his last chance to reconnect with his children, he engages an old family friend and legal ally to arrange his estate and ensure his now grown twins, Vi and Will, accept it before his memory slips away for good.
Reuniting to sort out their father’s inheritance, the estranged siblings uncover more than they bargained for. Along their journey, they meet storytellers who hold pieces of the puzzle that unlock their hearts and offer renewed connection to their heritage, community and father.
Commissioned by the Folger Shakespeare Library to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the printing of Shakespeare’s First Folio, performed as a part of Searching for Shakespeare.
This event is part of Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare’s First Folio, our April 2023 festival in partnership with DC Public Library.
Folger Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nell Gwynn. Theater Alliance: The Events (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress), Brownsville Song (B-side for Trey); Round House Theatre: We’re Gonna Die; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Describe The Night, The Arsonists; Studio Theatre: Vietgone, Red Light Winter, Dog Sees God (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Polaroid Stories; Olney Theatre Center: Tiger Style!. Broadway: Lincoln Center & Kennedy Center TYA: Where Words Once Were; International: Actor’s Actors Inc. Manila: Our Country’s Good.
Renea S. Brown
Renea S. Brown
Folger Theatre: The Reading Room, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Arena Stage: Change Agent; Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Tempest, Macbeth; Kennedy Center: Love Factually; Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre Company: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth; Theatre Prometheus: Macbeth, Cymbeline. Regional credits include The Wolves at McCarter Theatre; Othello, Sense and Sensibility, and Twelfth Night (first Black woman to perform) at Island Shakespeare Festival. Wedding Bandand, The Little Princess at QuintessenceTheatre; Much Ado About Nothing, A King and No King, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside at American Shakespeare Center. MFA: Academy of Classical Acting. Instagram: @TheDarkLady
Jonathan Del Palmer
Jonathan Del Palmer
Folger Theatre: The Reading Room. Rep Stage: Kill Move Paradise. Shakespeare Theatre Company: Hamlet (u/s). Constellation Theatre Company: Moon Man Walk. 1st Stage: columbinus, The Member of the Wedding, The Rainmaker. Theater Alliance: Day of Absence. Avant Bard Theatre: Suddenly Last Summer, Julius Caesar. Rorschach Theatre: Sing to me Now. 4615 Theatre: Life Jacket. Library of Congress: The Conjure Man Dies. Off-Broadway: 54 Below: How To Quit Your Day Job.
Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Timon of Athens. Ford’s Theatre: A Christmas Carol. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: There’s Always the Hudson. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival: Unknown Soldier. Trustus Theatre: Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet, Peter and the Starcatcher, Marie Antoinette. Theatre South Carolina: The Three Musketeers, Hamlet, The Trojan Women, The Women of Lockerbie, Ajax in Iraq, Yellowman, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest.
Signature Theatre: The Color Purple, RENT. Next Stop Theatre: Beehive; the 60’s Musical. Olney Theatre Center: Miss You Like Hell, Kinky Boots. Duluth Playhouse: Ragtime. Virginia Stage Company: A Christmas Carol, The Earth Remembers. World Stage Theatre: Amazing Grace. Norfolk State University Theatre Company: The Color Purple, Once on This Island, Eclipsed. BS Exercise Science/Kinesiotherapy from Norfolk State University.
Bedlam Theater: Titus Andronicus. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: Romeo and Juliet. LaMama ETC: Let Us Seek Death. Hand-picked by Craig “muMs” Grant to play The Revolutionary in Beauteous. Actor’s Shakespeare Project: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Central Square Theatre: The Convert (Elliot Norton Award). New Ohio Theater: In Fields Where They Lay. Director | Creator: The Living Theatre, Sao Paulo, Brazil: Electric Awakening. Equiano spends his days developing intergenerational positive impact for vulnerable communities. MFA: Brandeis University. Pro IG: @equianomosieri. “Hold a good thought.”
Stage: The Hard End (Off-Broadway), Oklahoma (The Depot Theater), Top Dog Underdog (NYC), Magga-Man Sketch Comedy Show (NYC), and his one man show Reg Wyns’ Got a Story to Tell. Film & TV: Serendipity, Brown Sugar, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, A New York Minute, and Cold Feet which he also co-produced. Reg performs musically with Sample Sale Music & his band The Resistance. He has toured internationally with Angie Stone, Jamiriquoi, Amy Winehouse, Estelle, and US3. Training: Susan Batson, The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, NTI: The Eugene O’Neill Theater, Connecticut College. Instagram: @RegWyns.
Sylvern Groomes, Jr.
Sylvern Groomes, Jr.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus. Olney Theatre Center: A.D.16 and Escape To Margaritaville. www.sylvernjr.com
Elizabeth is a recent Graduate of Howard University. She would like to give a special thanks to her family, especially to her big brother, Tony, to her cast mates, and a special thanks to the production team
Vernice is a Jamaican born, Afro-Caribbean theater artist who is passionate about the arts as the most universally accessible agent for positive social change. Directorial highlights include long-term collaborations with: Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, opera diva Jessye Norman, HBO comedienne Hazelle Goodman, and Hip Hop legend Malik Work. International credits: Three Women (Break the Silence) by anthropologist Dr. Omotayo Jolaosho for South Africa’s Market Theatre Lab (a performance about women finding their voices amidst gendered repression of their bodily and sexual autonomy); Nomansland (performed/co-directed) with Seth Baumrin’s Subpoetics International in Slovenia, Ukraine and Poland. Television: Shadowed director Felix Alcala on the CBS series Madam Secretary throughout filming of season 6 episode 9 “Carpe Diem.” Directed both the inaugural and revived productions of Bee Trapped Inside the Window by Saviana Stanescu for Heartbeat Ensemble, the Romanian Cultural Institute and Ithaca’s Civic Ensemble. Commissioned by Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., Bee is a work that explores the effect of modern-day slavery on the lives of three ethnically different American women living in CT. Co-founded A Laboratory for Actor Training Experimental Theatre Company with Joann Maria Yarrow, to evolve work they began with Roberta Carreri at Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret in Denmark.
Playwright and Music Direction
Actor-writer-musician Malik Work is a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking music conglomerate known for bringing the NYC jazz and hip hop communities together for albums, events, and projects that transformed the culture of both.View full biography
Playwright and Composer
Karen Ann Daniels
Karen Ann Daniels
Director Of Programming and Artistic Director, Folger Theatre
Before joining the Folger as the Director of Programming/Artistic Director of Folger Theatre in 2021, Karen Ann Daniels was director of the Mobile Unit at The Public Theater in NYC, touring Mobile Unit productions across all five boroughs of NY and launching new programs such as Mobile Unit In Corrections which brings the tools of theater into the lives of incarcerated communities.
Devin E. Haqq
Devin E. Haqq
Devin E. Haqq is an Emmy nominated producer, a member of the Fiasco Theater Acting Company, an IFP alumni, and a Finalist for the HBOAccess 2020 Directing Fellowship. His feature film, Ambition’s Debt, won the 2017 Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the prestigious American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and the 2018 Paul Robeson Award Honorable Mention at the Newark Black Film Festival. Recently, Devin produced the short film Cupids, directed by Zoey Martinson, which had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival as part of the 8:46 Films Initiative sponsored by Procter & Gamble (2022 NAACP Image Award Nominee). Cupids has since gone on to play at some of the top film festivals around the world, including Woodstock, Cambridge, Chicago International Film Festival (Gold Hugo Award Nominee), Riverrun, The American Pavilion at Cannes, and recently aired on CBS & BET networks. His latest short film project, The Mark, was nominated for Best Horror at the Academy qualifying 2020 LA Shorts International Film Festival and won Best Narrative Short at the 2021 Atlanta Shortsfest. Devin made his stage directorial debut in 2020 with a much-celebrated production of the critically acclaimed Pass Over by Antionette Nwandu at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. He has since gone on to direct workshops and staff as an associate director on productions for such organizations as The Public Theatre, Folger Theatre, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Fiasco, and the National Black Theatre.
Harlan is a graduate of Florida A & M University (BS Theatre) and the North Carolina School of the Arts (MFA Scenic Design). Companies Penn has designed for include the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago, St. Louis Black Rep, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Paul Robeson Theatre, Anacostia Playhouse, American Stage Co., Forestburgh Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Theatre Alliance of Washington D.C. and many more. Favorite Scenic design credits include: Gem of the Ocean, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Jar the Floor, The Piano Lesson, Jitney, Nicholas Nickleby, Blacken the Bubble, Flyin’ West, Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls, King Hedley, Chicago, Ain’t Misbehavin and Extremities to name a few. Harlan is also a proud member of United Scenic Artist Local 829 where he works currently as an assistant art director and Scenic artist on major films and network television shows.
Jeannette is a Helen Hayes nominated costume designer, illustrator, and fashion stylist based in Baltimore, MD. Selected design credits include: The Broadway national tour of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The Kennedy Center: national tour and world premiere of Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! She also designed the world premieres of Show Way, How to Catch a Star, and Earthrise. Gala Hispanic Theatre: On Your Feet!, La Casa de la Laguna, Ella es Tango, El Perro de Hortelano, Picasso, and Que las Hay! Adventure Theater MTC: Elephant & Piggie: We are in a Play! (Helen Hayes nomination, Outstanding Costume Design), Blueberries for Sal, and Luchadora. Theater Alliance Films: The Blackest Battle, Quadrant Series, and Protest in 8. Olney Theater Center: National Players Tour 70 and Thanksgiving. Other regional credits include 4615 Theatre, Pointless Theatre, Imagination Stage, Monumental Theatre, Dance Exchange, and Mosaic Theatre. She has assisted with costume designs for American Players Theater, Roundhouse Theatre, Folger Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera, and Studio Theater. She has worked as a costume designer/mentor with Arizona State University, University of Maryland, Bowie State University, American University, and George Washington University. She launched and runs her own clothing brand, called Ronni-X. Education: BA in Design & Production from Arizona State University, MFA in Design from the University of Maryland.
Sound Designer, Composer and DJ
Nick tha 1da Hernandez
Nick tha 1da Hernandez
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: The Day You Begin, Long Way Down. Round House Theatre: Nollywood Dreams. Ford’s Theatre: Fences. Mosaic Theater: Native Son, Les Deux Noirs. Theater Alliance: Word Becomes Flesh (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Production). Imagination Stage: Havana Hop, All the Way Live (with sibling Paige Hernandez), Oyeme, The Beautiful and The Hip-Hop Children’s Trilogy. Adventure Theater: Luchadora. Glimmerglass Opera: Stomping Grounds. Additional credits include music production for Hot 97 FM; Netflix, Smithsonian Associates, Words Beats & Life, Inc. and at DC Public Libraries.
Angelisa is a director and choreographer based out of Washington, DC. Most recently she directed The Hula Hooping Queen at Imagination Stage and the 4-time Helen Hayes nominated (including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Musical Production) Once on This Island for Constellation Theatre Company. She also directed Wanda’s Way and Mamalogues for 1st Stage and co-directed the Helen Hayes nominated Day of Absence with Raymond O. Caldwell at Theater Alliance. Her direction and choreography have also been seen at Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Ally Theatre Company, In Series, Freshh Theatre Inc., University of Maryland, Bowie State University, Montgomery College and Catholic University. Angelisa has an MBA, PhD in business and MFA in directing. For more information visit www.angelisa.net.
Folger Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. GALA Hispanic Theatre: Jardin Salvaje. Round House Theatre: Nollywood Dreams, The Great Leap. The Kennedy Center: Beastgirl, Show Way. John Hopkins Peabody Institute: Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Two seasons at Muhlenberg College’s Summer Musical Theatre. Olney Theatre Center: Props Apprentice. Costume Design: Salisbury University: Mamma Mia!, Mud. Chelsea works part-time as the Costume Shop Manager and occasional Prop Master for Salisbury University, where she is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the resident theatre ensemble, Fultontown Theatre Company, through which she has directed and performed in two seasons of shows.
Danica is a New York/Washington D.C.-based casting director and theater maker dedicated to centering and celebrating the voices of the global majority. She began her casting career working for Marc Hirschfeld Casting, Warner Brothers Television Casting NY, and The Public Theater in New York before moving to Washington, D.C., to join Shakespeare Theatre Company in her current position as Resident Casting Director. Danica has worked on dozens of mainstage productions and workshops/developments in New York, New Hampshire, and D.C. Danica’s core values of generosity, advocacy, and equity led her to her role as founding trainer and educator for Broadway for Racial Justice’s Casting Directive, as well as projects connected to Netflix, LALIFF, JAG Productions, The Civilians, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and The Kennedy Center. She was named a 2021 TCG Rising Leader of Color and has sat on selection committees for INTAR Theatre and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. As a passionate believer in arts education and accessibility, Danica has also had the privilege of speaking at Roundabout Theatre Company, Shenandoah University, the Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University and more. Danica holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Film & Media Studies from Dartmouth College.
John Ray Proctor III
John Ray Proctor III
John is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Tulane University, Department of Theatre and Dance. He teaches Intermediate Acting, Advanced, African American Theatre History, and Theatre for Social Justice. He earned his 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. Reno Little Theatre: Sense and Sensibility. Organic Theatre, Chicago: Romeo and Juliet. Madison Repertory Theatre: Les Blancs. Arizona Repertory Theatre: The Merchant of Venice, The Greenbriar: Othello. Southern Rep: Airline Highway, Father Come Home from the Wars. In September his essay Romeo and Juliet at an HBCU was published in the essay collection Romeo and Juliet, Adaptation, and the Arts: ‘Cut Him Out in Little Stars’, The Arden Shakespeare.
Scenic Design Associate
Sarah designs for theater, themed entertainment, immersive experiences, and mixed-reality productions. Kansas City Actor’s Theatre: Dot. Music Theatre Heritage: Song & Dance, Camelot. Experience Theatre Project: The Great Gatsby’s: Daisy and multiple associate design credits with Kansas City Repertory Theatre and The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. BFA in Design and Technology at Western Michigan University and MFA in Design at University of Missouri – Kansas City. www.skreeddesigns.com
Costume Design Associate
Production Stage Manager
Folger Theatre: Amadeus, 1 Henry IV. Everyman Theatre: Jump, Sense and Sensibility (ASM). CATF: 2022 Swing Stage Manager. Imagination Stage: Corduroy, Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth & Thumbelina in rep. Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences: The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: (1st or 2nd ASM) First You Dream, Follies, The Lisbon Traviata, Ragtime. Shakespeare Theatre Company: The Tempest Free for All (ASM). Ford’s Theatre: 13 productions as ASM including Violet, The Laramie Project, Fly, Parade, Sabrina Fair, Jitney. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: American Utopias, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Arias with a Twist. Theater J: 15 productions including Talley’s Folly, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Sotto Voce, Broken Glass, Falling Out of Time.
Assistant Stage Manager
ASL interpretation is available for the following performances of Our Verse in Time to Come:
Thursday, April 20, 7pm and Saturday, April 22, 3pm at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Please note: All attendees are required to wear a mask. Fully vaccinated artists will not be wearing masks while performing. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19. Learn more about how we are keeping our audience and performers safe: COVID-19 safety protocols
Not able to join us for the dates below? We’ve added performances later in April at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Tickets start at $25.
With special thanks to our partners at DC Public Library and the Junior League of Washington DC. Additional thanks to the Church of the Reformation, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, the National Building Museum, Norton Projects, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.