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Interlude Background: H. Adam Harris revisits his character of Jesse from NCTC’s critically-acclaimed world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ This Bitter Earth in the 2017-18 Season. A “work of uncommon depth, nuance, and emotional impact" (Bay Area Reporter), This Bitter Earth was an activist love story rooted in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Playwright Harrison David Rivers is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for The Bandaged Place. His other plays include When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award); Sweet (AUDELCO nomination); Where Storms Are Born (Berkshire Theatre Award nomination, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award); This Bitter Earth (NCTC World Premiere, MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting); Five Points (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Award for Best New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting); Broadbend, Arkansas (Broadway Black’s Antonyo Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical, Times Square Chronicles citation for Best New Off-Broadway Musical and Outstanding Book of a Musical); And She Would Stand Like This; Look Upon Our Lowliness; To Let Go And Fall; and A Crack In The Sky. Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. He is the recipient of McKnight, Jerome, and Van Lier Fellowships and residencies with the Bogliasco Foundation, the Siena Art Institute, the Hermitage, Duke University, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film and the Williamstown Theater Festival. Harrison is a member of the Playwrights’ Center's Board of Directors.
Director ShawnJ West is a California-based director and actor. West relocated to the Bay Area almost nine years ago after 16 years in Seattle, WA where he directed productions of the Seattle cult hit Sex In Seattle: Episodes 15, 16, 17 & 18 with SIS Productions; ReAct’s production of WELL; and the 2009 West Coast premiere of Illyria and The Seven Year Itch with Redwood Theatre. His Bay Area directing credits include the Playwright Center San Francisco’s shorts and showcase, the African American Shakespeare Company’s production of Cinderella, A Soulful Christmas with Lorraine Hansberry Theatre as well as assistant director on Macbeth also with the African American Shakespeare Company.
Actor H. Adam Harris H. Adam Harris is an actor, director, teaching artist, and cultural equity consultant. H. Adam was last seen at New Conservatory Theatre Center as Jessie in the world premiere of This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers. He is the Engagement Associate at the Playwrights’ Center; a resident teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater and CTC, faculty at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and Board Chair at Ten Thousand Things Theatre.
Technical Director ... Carlos Aceves
Sound Design ... Elton Bradman
Production Manager & Casting Coordinator ... Stephanie Desnoyers