De’Adre Aziza (A Night with Janis Joplin, Passing Strange, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will star as Deborah in the world premiere of Patricia Ione Lloyd's play Eve's Song at The Public Theater this fall. Obie Award winner Jo Bonney will direct the world premiere that examines America’s present racial climate through the eyes of a regular American family.
Eve's Song will begin performances October 21 ahead of a November 7 opening.
Completing the cast will be Karl Green (Veni-Vidi-Vici) as Mark, Ashley D. Kelley (Bella: An American Tall Tale) as Upendo, Vernice Miller (Fast Blood) as Spirit Dancer, Kadijah Raquel (Hot L Baltimore at Purchase Rep) as Lauren, Rachel Watson-Jih (Manhattan Love Story) as Spirit Dancer, and Tamara M. Williams (Pose) as Spirit Dancer.
In Eve's Song, Deborah is trying to keep things normal in the aftermath of a messy divorce and a daughter coming out as queer. But as black people continue to be killed, the outside finds its way in to her home, blurring the lines between family dynamics, politics, and the spirit world.
The play is scheduled to run through December 2,.
Eve's Song features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Lap Chi Chu, sound design by Elisheba Ittoop, projection design by Hana S. Kim, and movement direction by Stefanie Batten Bland.
Lloyd is the 2017-2018 Tow Playwright in Residence at The Public and was a part of the 2015 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Her plays Pretty Hunger and Eve’s Song have been included on the Kilroy's List in 2016 and 2017.