Full casting has now been announced for the upcoming UK premiere of American playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s four-hander Rasheeda Speaking, presented by Troupe at the West End’s Trafalgar Studios 2. Got your tickets yet?
Sheila Reid and Bo Poraj will join the previously announced Elizabeth Berrington and Tanya Moodie in the UK premiere of Joel Drake Johnson’s tense workplace drama Rasheeda Speaking. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the production runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 18 April to 12 May 2018, with a press night on 20 April.
In one of Chicago’s wealthiest hospitals, a white doctor tries to remove a black receptionist by enlisting her colleague as a spy. The women’s friendship quickly deteriorates, and a chilling power struggle ensues. With the office becoming a battleground of passive aggression and paranoia, things spin wildly out of control.
Joel Drake Johnson’s incendiary and timely new play examines underlying racism in the workplace, white guilt and the manipulation of women by men in power.
Rasheeda Speaking has been described as a shocking dark comedy that keeps the audience in its claustrophobic grip until the final moment, proving that nothing in Middle America is ever truly black or white.
The play was originally produced by Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre, was nominated for Best Play by the Jefferson Committee, and then opened in New York City at The Signature Theatre as part of The New Group’s 2014-15 season. Under the direction of Tony and Emmy Award Winner, Cynthia Nixon, it featured two-time Oscar Winner, Dianne Wiest and Tony Award Winner, Tonya Pinkins. Rasheeda Speaking was subsequently nominated for Best New Off Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle and ﬁlmed by WNET New York/East Coast.
Rasheeda Speaking runs from 18 April to 12 May 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios 2, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 3DY. Performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £15-35. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Sheila Reid plays Rose Saunders. For theatre her extensive work includes Silver Lining (English Touring Theatre), Pericles and In Extremis (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghost From a Perfect Place (Arcola Theatre), Filumena (Almeida Theatre), American Trade, King Baby and Virtuoso (RSC), Uncle Vanya (Young Vic), Pornography (Birmingham Rep and Tricycle Theatre), Black Milk, Terrorism, My Mother Said I Never Should and Short Change (Royal Court Theatre), The Good Hope, Sweeney Todd, Caritas, Hedda Gabler, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Othello, The Way of the World, The Three Sisters and The Crucible (National Theatre), Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse), Snake in the Grass (The Old Vic) and Misalliance (Chichester Festival Theatre and UK tour).
Bo Poraj plays Dr David Williams. For theatre his work includes Acceptance, Gloria and Hilda (Hampstead Theatre), Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath, UK tour and Apollo Theatre), The Roman Bath (Arcola Theatre), Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), Cloud Nine and Tartuffe (Almeida Theatre), Doctor Faustus (Young Vic), Stairs to the Roof (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Tempest (RSC), Remembrance of Things Past, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre) and Prayers of Sherkin (The Old Vic).
Elizabeth Berrington plays Ileen Van Meter. For theatre her work includes Who Cares (Royal Court Theatre), Holes (Arcola Theatre), The Low Road (English Touring Theatre and Royal Court Theatre), Absent Friends (The Old Vic), Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre and New Ambassadors Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club (English Touring Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Criterion Theatre) and The Country Wife (Sheffield Crucible).
Tanya Moodie plays Jaclyn Spaulding. For theatre her work includes Trouble in Mind (The Print Room), Hamlet (RSC), The House That Will Not Stand (nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre) and The Piano Lesson (both Tricycle Theatre), Intimate Apparel (nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre and an Evening Standard Award for Best Actress/Ustinov Studio, Bath), Fences (Duchess Theatre), Catch, ACDC, Fewer Emergencies and Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness (Royal Court Theatre), The Overwhelming, The Darker Face of the Earth and The Oedipus Plays (National Theatre), 66 Books (Bush Theatre) and The Suit (Young Vic).