Directed by Mikhaela Mahony, Redwood was originally slated for April 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Previews will begin October 18 and run through November 12, with opening night set for October 26.
When Steve Durbin goes down the rabbit hole of his family's genealogy, an unwelcome discovery throws the entire family into turmoil. Exploring interracial family relationships in a deeply scarred country, Redwood is partially a dance piece.
The company will feature playwright Brittany K. Allen, Denny Dale Bess, Bryn Carter, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Drew Lewis, Portia, Kate Siahaan-Rigg, and Eric R. Williams.
Additionally, Redwood will feature set design by Ao Li; lighting design by Betsy Chester and Stacey Derosier; costume design by Mika Eubanks; sound design by Kathy Ruvuna; and prop design by Caitlyn Murphy. Sasha Hutchings will serve as choreographer and assistant director, alongside Fran Acuña-Almiron as production stage manager and Ingrid Pierson as assistant stage manager.
Now in its 55th year, Ensemble Studio Theatre has developed thousands of new American plays throughout its existence. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Youngblood, EST's award-winning collective for emerging playwrights, of which Allen is a member.