Of Equal Measure, Fact-Based Play of Civil Rights Trampled During WWI, Opens in L.A. July 11

News   Of Equal Measure, Fact-Based Play of Civil Rights Trampled During WWI, Opens in L.A. July 11 Of Equal Measure, Tanya Barfield's new civil rights-minded play set in Woodrow Wilson's White House, seen through the eyes of an African-American office worker, opens July 11 following previews from June 29 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles.
Michole Briana White in Of Equal Measure.
Michole Briana White in Of Equal Measure. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Michole Briana White is featured as an African-American stenographer troubled by the hypocrisy of Wilson's policies at home and abroad. Leigh Silverman directs. White replaced LisaGay Hamilton, who left in rehearsals due to personal reasons. The world premiere continues through July 27.

According to Center Theatre Group, "Of Equal Measure, set in World War I America, provides an illuminating perspective of the Woodrow Wilson presidency as viewed through the character of Jade Kingston (White), an African American stenographer working in the White House. Jade witnesses first-hand the paradox of Wilson bringing the United States into the 'Great War' in order that 'the world be made safe for democracy,' while trampling civil rights at home by ordering the segregation of black federal employees and imprisoning individuals critical of the war effort. The effects that these actions have on Jade, her job, her family and her country fuel a compelling story that resonates socially and politically today."

The cast also includes Christian Campbell, Dennis Cockrum, Scott Dawson, Michael Hyland, Joseph C. Phillips, Lawrence Pressman, T. Ryder Smith, Christopher Warren and Michael T. Weiss.

Playwright Barfield — who has appeared as a solo performer — has also penned Dent, The Quick, Blue Door, The Houdini Act, 121 West and Pecan Tan.

* The drama is the final production of the Kirk Douglas Theatre's 2007-2008 season. It was commissioned by Center Theatre Group, which operates the intimate Kirk Douglas.

The creative team includes set designers Richard Hoover and Sybil Wickersheimer, costume designer Rachel Myers, lighting designer Lap Chi Chu, sound designer Adam Phalen, projection designer Jason H. Thompson and composer Kathryn Bostic. The production stage manager is Elizabeth Atkinson.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA. For ticket information, call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

<i>Of Equal Measure</i> players JD Cullum, Michael T. Weiss and Michole Briana White.
Of Equal Measure players JD Cullum, Michael T. Weiss and Michole Briana White. Photo by Craig Schwartz
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