By Donja R. Love
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Produced in association with Common Ground Theatre
Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
KEVANE 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/Perestroika, Shockheaded 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 Nice, De-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 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 Servants, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing (New Village Arts); Handbagged, Our 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 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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*date adjusted due to special event on September 24
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!
Saturday, October 2nd, at 8pm
Pre and post-show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!
Monday, October 11th, at 7pm
Theatre Professionals enjoy a special discount on 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.
Season 37 celebrates Diversionary’s legacy of chosen family with a focus on community engagement, arts education, and an inspired program of new and classic work examining family dynamics and legacy, utilizing all three of its performance venues: the Robert L. Granat & Alfred J. Mazur Mainstage Theatre, the Reuel K. Olin New Play Development Center, and the Austin & Joann Clark Cabaret.
Decade Sponsor: Joann Clark
Season Sponsor: Bob Grinchuk, in loving memory of his husband, Reuel K. Olin