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A Lesson Before Dying - Cast

Imagine and Discover

Main Stage performances are at the New Hazlett Theatre Center for Performing Arts

Performances are typically 2 hours long.

Showtimes: Friday & Saturday @ 8:00 PM
Sunday @ 2:30 PM


A Lesson Before Dying

by Romulus Linney, based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines

Directed by Rich Keitel
March 4, 2016 - March 13, 2016







- Pittsburgh City Paper

- 'Burgh Vivant

Hope Marie Anthony (Vivian Baptiste) is from Ingram, PA and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Point Park University. Her recent stage credits include playing Alma Hix in The Music Man at The Strand Theater, Bessie in The Civil War at the Carnegie Library, a Dynamite in Hairspray at CCAC South, and Oklahoma! at Point Park. She has had the honor of creating several diverse characters such as Lillith in Cult Classic at Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, Gladys in Lunch Lady Cabaret at McKeesport Little Theater, and Tess in A Pirate's Tale on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Film credits include the Nestlè Drumstick Anniversary commercial. Along with acting, she enjoys crashing events as a Jedi and the Frog Princess with Fairytale Princess Visits of Pittsburgh! Thank you Prime Stage for sharing this play with Pittsburgh.

LaMar Darnell Fields (Grant Robbins) is a native of Pittsburgh who has been in several plays, commercials, and films. He is the Recipient of the Best actor award for the 2012 Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Festival in Black and White, with a nomination for Best Actor, for the 2013 festival. He also received a Best Actor (Honorable Mention) Award for the 2015 - 48 hour Film Festival Pittsburgh. 

Wali Jamal (Reverend Moses Ambrose) is elated and proud to be performing for Prime Stage Theater once again. His first work with the company was Harper Lee's, "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the role of Tom Robinson, followed up by Greg Kinney's "The Josh Gibson Story" in the dual role of Cum Posey/Clucky. Mr. Jamal has performed in nine of the ten plays in the Century Cycle by August Wilson while working with Pgh Playwright's Theater. His work at the Pgh Public Theater include; "The Little Foxes", "Superior Donuts", and "Our Town" starring Tom Atkins. "I'm super happy to be performing in this very poignant and well written work of art under the direction of such a professional like Rich Keitel."

Everett Lowe (Sam Guidry) is delighted to be working with Prime Stage once again, and joining such an inspiring group of actors. Everett has appeared in productions of The Great Gatsby and The Importance of Being Earnest. Most recently, Everett performed in The Sisters with Cup-A-Jo, and was featured in Throughline Theatre’s production of The Ruling Class. Everett is a performance theater graduate of Geneva College and Pittsburgh native. Favorite past roles include Birdboot in The Real Inspector Hound, Felix in The Odd Couple, Judge Littlefield/Caiaphas the Elder in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Mark in Still Life, and Phil in the Pittsburgh premiere production of Hospitality Suite. Everett has been privileged to work with many other theater companies and festivals around the city, including No Name Players, Throughline Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Cup-A-Jo Productions, Pittsburgh SWAN Day, Attack Theatre, The Rage of the Stage Players, South Park Theatre, Old Schoolhouse Players, Future Tenant, Pittsburgh New Works, and more. Many thanks to Rich Keitel and the cast for this wonderful experience. Love always to my dearest Tiffany, and to my family and friends for their continual support.

Erik Martin (Paul Bonin) is honored to return to Prime Stage so that he can perform in this powerful and relevant piece of theater. This is Erik's second time working with Prime Stage after having performed as Giles in The Mousetrap last spring. Most recently, he could be seen performing with Throughline Theatre as Sebastian in Games of the Mind where he originated the role. Other credits include Brutus in Julius Caesar and Ferdinand in Loves Labors Lost. Erik would like to give a big thanks to Rich, his cast-mates, and the crew for all their talent and the hard work that was put in to bring this important work to life. Erik would also like to thank all friends and family in the audience for their love and support. 

Tracey D. Turner (Miss Emma), a Carnegie Mellon University alumnus, was named Actress of the Year in 1997 by In Pittsburgh Newsweekly for her portrayal of Prospero in the Timespace production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Other stage credits include Minnie Kincaid in Lifting for Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Stella Marr in Racing Demon for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Gertrude in Hamlet and Alcandre in The Illusion for Pittsburgh Theater Laboratory, and Peggy Clark in Blue for New Horizon Theater.  She was the Artistic Director of I Dream A World, Inc., a non-profit educational touring company, and was Artist in Residence and Assistant Coordinator of the Friendship Academy after school program. Ms. Turner was a teaching artist at Point Park University where she appeared in productions of Hamlet, Anton in Show Business, and Halcyon Days. She has directed for Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre’s Black and White Festival and looks forward to directing the staged reading of Paradise Lost by Owa for the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture. Ms. Turner’s film credits include Wonderboys and Boys on the Side. She was host of The 5-Star Ethnic Show and Shopping Pittsburgh for Comcast Cable Channel FYI. Ms. Turner is the proud mother of two daughters, Micah-Shai and Moriah.

Lamont Walker II (Jefferson) is originally from Virginia Beach and is currently a student at Point Park working toward his BFA in Musical Theatre. This is his first show with Prime Stage. Credits include Choir Boy (AJ) with The REP, Our Lady Of 121st Street (Rooftop), Christmas Star (Eduardo) with Pittsburgh Playwrights and others. He would like to thank his parents, friends, and the Point Park family for their support.