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Playwright Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist who wrote the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories, among many other published works. Her most recent play, Waiting for Giovanni, written in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr., was a dream play exploring the inner life of author James Baldwin. It premiered at NCTC in the 2011-2012 Season, also part of NCTC’s New Play Development Lab. Her stage adaptation of The Gilda Stories, Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story was performed by Urban Bush Women in 13 U.S. cities. Her fiction, essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, the Village Voice; Ms. Magazine, ESSENCE Magazine, The Advocate, Callaloo and Black Scholar.


Director Arturo Catricala is very proud of his most recent works: Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Homosexuals, A Perfect Ganesh, The Pride, Master Class, and Rights of Passage. In his spare time he is translating and adapting Pietro Aretino’s 16th century Italian comedy, il Marescalco, The Stable Master. Mr. Catricala studied Stage Directing at Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center with David Davis, and NYU’s Graduate School of the Arts with Carl Weber and Mel Shapiro. Arturo is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an independent national labor union, and LMDA, the Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas.


By Jewelle Gomez

Directed by Arturo Catricala

Musical Arrangements and Direction by Scrumbly Koldwyn

Choreography by Jayne Zaban

Scenic design by Kuo-Hao Lo

Costume Design by Keri Fitch

Lighting Design by Christian V. Mejia

Prop Design by Daniel Yelen