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West Coast Premiere

one in two

Sept 23-Oct 24, 2021
Opening Oct 2nd

By Donja R. Love
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Produced in association with Common Ground Theatre

About the Show

Three men wait. When one is chosen, the trio must embark on telling a story of life inside a long-ignored epidemic. With joy, humor, and unbridled truth, Donja Love’s urgent and spontaneous new work drills through the statistics to give voice to what it means to be black, queer, and HIV positive in a way only a live theatrical experience can deliver.

Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

About the Writer

donja-r-loveDonja R. Love (he/him/his) is an Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker from Philadelphia. He writes specifically about Black and Queer folx for Black and Queer folx. He is the recipient of the 2018 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Award. He’s also the Lark’s 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow, The Playwrights Realm’s 2016/2017 Writing Fellow, and the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He’s had productions at Manhattan Theatre Club (Sugar in Our Wounds) and Atlantic Theater Company (Fireflies). He’s the co-host of Off Book, a podcast on Black theatre; and the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ People of Color. Training: Juilliard’s Playwrights Program.se Hall.

Show Details

a man with his eyes closedKEVANE LA’MARR COLEMAN (He/Him/His) (Person on Right) is happy to be returning to Diversionary Theatre in this beautiful new play. Diversionary: As Much As You Can, The Facts of Life-The Lost Episode, Our Gay Apparel, Stage Directions (Diversionary Theatre). Elsewhere: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches/PerestroikaShockheaded Peter (Cygnet Theatre); The Secret Garden, 1940’s Radio Hour, Return to the Forbidden Planet (New Village Arts); 9 Hours (Playwrights Project-Old Globe Theatre); South Pacific, Miss Saigon (Moonlight Amphitheatre); Airline Highway, Grey Gardens, Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika; Red Planet Respite (ion Theatre), Naughty or NiceDe-construction of a Drag Queen (Circle Circle Dot Dot); The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Oklahoma, Crazy for You, Aida, Ragtime (Starlight Musical Theatre). Kevane was also a member of the Boston Ballet and graduated from Boston College with a double degree in Theatre and Pre-Law.

 

Durwood MurrayDURWOOD MURRAY (He/Him/His)  (Person on Left)* is ecstatic to make his return to Diversionary. Previously seen in Well and A Civil War Christmas.  Elsewhere: Master of 2 ServantsTo Kill a MockingbirdMuch Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts); HandbaggedOur Lady of Khibeho (Moxie); King John, Father Comes Home From the Wars Parts 1, 2, & 3. Durwood is happy his time at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts was not wasted, and would like to thank the Usual Suspects and all his partners with much love, style and grace.

 

Carter PiggeeCARTER PIGGEE (He/Him/His)  (Person in Middle) is happy to make his debut with Diversionary Theatre in this phenomenal new play. Theatre Credits: Dry Powder (Backyard Renaissance Theatre), Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley (New Village Arts), Ironbound (Moxie). He has also performed in staged readings with Cygnet Theatre, Roustabouts Theatre, North Coast Rep, Amigos Del Rep, and Playwright’s Project. Carter earned a BFA in theatre performance from San Diego State University. A special thank you goes out to his family, friends, and everyone who has supported him so far on his journey.

 

*Denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association

Delicia Turner Sonnenberg Delicia Turner Sonnenberg (She/Her/Hers) (Director) is thrilled to return to Diversionary where she previously directed Fit to be Tied. Regional Theatre: The Garden (co-director), POP Tour- #Super Shiny Sara, WoW Festival- The Car Plays SDCounterweight (LaJolla Playhouse);  Skeleton Crew (The Old Globe); Roz and Ray, Sex with Strangers, My Mañana Comes, In the Wake, The Seafarer, The Good Body, Miss Witherspoon, Intimate Apparel, Proof (San Diego REP); The Piano Lesson, Fences (Cygnet Theatre); The Amish Project (Mo`olelo Perfoming Arts Company). Additional Credits: Delicia is a founder and the former Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre, which she helmed for 12 acclaimed seasons. Other directing credits include: Hamlet, Prelude to a Kiss (New Village Arts Theatre); Voyeurs de Venus, Bliss or Emily Post is Dead (MOXIE Theatre). Delicia has had the pleasure of directing productions at The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, University of San Diego undergraduates, Sonoma State University, University of Redlands, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and Palomar College. Delicia was twice a recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship through Second Stage Theatre in New York, and is an alumna of the New York Drama League’s Directors Program as well as TCG’s New Generations Program. She has received NAACP Theatre awards and nomination for direction, a Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award as well as many “Craig Noel” awards for Outstanding Direction of a Play and Outstanding Dramatic Production from the SD Theatre Critics Circle.
Frankie Alicea-FordFrankie Alicea-Ford (He/Him/His) (Associate Director) is a San Diego based, New York City trained theatre artist who has been working professionally since 2012. After receiving his BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Frankie has worked as a performer, deviser, educator and administrator throughout the US and abroad. He has created and spearheaded multiple theater education programs throughout Connecticut and New York and worked as the Residential Director of The Center for Creative Youth, based out of Wesleyan University. He currently works as a teaching artist with La Jolla Playhouse, New Village Arts and Diversionary Theatre and has extensive training in devised theater techniques, arts integration and trauma based theater practices. He was most recently an Artistic Associate and the Artist-In-Residence at New Village Arts in Carlsbad, CA.
Beonica Beonica “B” Bullard (She/Her/Hers) (Stage Manager) is happy to make her debut with Diversionary Theatre in this beautiful new play. Beonica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from San Diego State University. Honors include a Certificate of Recognition in Artistic Achievement from the California Legislature Assembly. She has Staged Managed several shows with Dir. D. Turner Sonnenberg, such as Julius Caesar (SDSU), Roz and Ray (San Diego Repertory Theater), The Niceties (MOXIE) and feels blessed to be working with her again. Thank you to the whole Diversionary family.
Minjoo KimMinjoo Kim (She/Her/Hers) (Lighting Designer) is happy to make her debut with Diversionary Theatre in this beautiful play. Her collective lighting design credits include Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (Mile Square Theatre), The Two (Space Owul), The Great Leap (Cygnet Theatre), Quiet No More (San Diego Women’s Chorus), Qulili (The Blindspot), IDEAS-Cetacea (Calit2 Theater, Atkinson Hall), Crimson Girl (Dongsoong Art Center), Die or Not (Seoul Art Space Mullae), Mask on/off (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre). Her work Othello got selected in the Emerging Artist/Imagination Exhibit from the USA at Prague Quadrennial in 2019. Many thanks to Delicia, the entire one in two team, Matt, and the Diversionary family.
Mason PilevskyMason Pilevsky (Sound Design) is a sound designer, composer, and audio mixer. Favorite sound design credits: I and You (Moxie), The Niceties (Moxie), American Buffalo (Backyard Renaissance), Handbagged (Moxie), Hir (Cygnet), and Macbeth (Trinity). Favorite Diversionary credits include: Homos or Everyone in America (Assistant Sound Design) and Ballast (Assistant Sound Design. Many thanks to Delicia, Beonica, Allison, Frankie, and Matt and, of course, Mason’s family and friends!
Victoria PetrovichVictoria Petrovich (Scenic & Projection Designer) is happy to make her return to live theater (!) as a new member of the Diversionary Theatre family to collaborate on this achingly beautiful new play. Previous collaborations with director Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg include The Good Body and In the Wake (SAN DIEGO REP), Blue Door and Bliss! Emily Post is Dead (MOXIE). Other current collaborations (scenic/costume) are with director Ben Krywosz at NAUTILUS MUSIC-THEATER on the new song-cycle Stations of the Heart and Moonlit Walk Home. Some previous collaborations with Nautilus include Twisted Apples-Stories from Winesburg OHThe FantasticsOrdinary DaysJoan of ArcSister StoriesThe Last Five YearsSnow Leopard,  Without Colors, and The Juniper Tree. Recent pre-pandemic projects (scenic/costume/projection) have been with director Robert Castro on the opera El  Cimmarón at the Im•Pulso Festival at UNAM, Mexico City, OLIVÉrio,  A Wrinkle in TimeAladdin’s LuckFrederick  (scenic/projection), Treasure IslandFerdinand the BullDreams of Anne Frank (scenic/costume) at Lewis Family Playhouse,  a theater-for-youth which tragically closed due to the pandemic. Other local productions include A Weekend with Pablo PicassoA Hammer, Bell and a Song to SingFederal Jazz Project, The Who’s Tommy (projection/ SAN DIEGO REP). International work has been with the International Opera Theatre in Cittá della Pieve, Italy and include Sacco e VanzettiErrori!, and Il Sogno di Una Notte di Mezza Estate. Victoria teaches in the Design area/Theatre & Dance, UCSD. Wishing everyone good health!
Brooke KeslerBrooke Kesler (She/Her/Hers) (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be returning to the Diversionary Theatre team on this wonderful piece! Recent designs include: Red Bike (MOXIE); Girlfriend (Diversionary Theatre); She Loves Me (SDSU); Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (SDSU); The Glaspell Project: Trifles and Woman’s Honor (SDSU); and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kingsmen Shakespeare Co.). She has also worked as an Assistant Costume Designer on A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Fe Opera), Cosi Fan Tutte (Santa Fe Opera), Il Trovatore (Central City Opera), and La Cage Aux Folles (Cygnet Theatre). As a Southern California local she is currently the Assistant to the Costume Director at the San Diego Opera, and a Lecturer in Costume Design at San Diego State University. She would love to thank Matt and the entire Diversionary family; as well as her friends, family, and amazing partner for all of the love and support!

One night during the pandemic I woke up with these words resonating in my mind clear as a bell: “one in two must be our first show back.” This revolutionary new play echoes Diversionary’s founding 36 years ago in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by calling us in to raise awareness about how this epidemic relentlessly persists within our Queer Black community. Spoiler alert: This play has the DNA of live theatre embedded so deeply within it that it can only exist in that delicate space between an audience and actor in real time. And did I mention that it’s funny? one in two is a radical theatrical jolt back to in-person production, and I could not be more honored to have Donja Love’s story bring us back from home to our theatre on Park Blvd.

Special Events

Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. More information can be obtained by calling our box office at (619) 220-0097.

Low Cost Previews
Thursday, September 23rd – Friday, October 1st

First Fridays for the Military
Friday, October 1st* at 8pm To say thank you to those that serve, Diversionary offers complimentary tickets. Email boxoffice@diversionary.org for more information. *date adjusted due to special event on September 24 GSA/

Youth Nights
Friday, October 1st at 8pm Calling all High Schoolers! Join us on either Friday night during Previews for our GSA/Youth nights and get tickets for only $5.00! Call the Box Office for more details!

Opening Night
Saturday, October 2nd, at 8pm
Pre and post show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!

Industry Night
Monday, October 11th, at 7pm
Theatre Professionals enjoy a special discount to our only Monday evening performance! Pay-What-You-Can at the door, or $10 in advance.

HIV Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 17th, Post-Show
When you buy tickets to this performance, you can enjoy a post-show panel discussion around HIV in San Diego with Dr. Paul Whitaker and Akeela Benson, moderated by Frankie Alicea-Ford. Good to Go will also be tabling before the show begins and offering some sexual health goodies.

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About Season 36: Homecoming

Diversionary bursts back into action in Season 36 with the opening of our newly renovated theatre complex, adding a third performance venue with The Austin & Joann Clark Cabaret, and four new works on our Mainstage exploring how our LGBTQ community defines home.

Decade Sponsor: Joann Clark
Season Sponsor: Bob Grinkchuk, In Memory of Reuel Olin

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