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Thicker Than...

May 4 - June 9 | Shank Theatre

by Agyeiwaa Asante. Directed by Lamar Perry.


About the Show

Jillian is ready for a change. Her adult son, Tom, is not. Set in a not-too-distant future where a new kind of technology exists that allows anyone to emotionally "uncouple" from anyone in their lives, Thicker Than… asks what it means to cut off ties with a loved one and move on with your life. Can you ever truly walk away? And what are the ethical and emotional consequences if you do?

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PREVIEW May 4 @ 7:30pm

May 11 @ 7:30pm

May 12 @ 7:30pm

May 13 @ 2:00pm

June 8 @ 7:30pm

June 9 @ 7:30pm


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 The Cast

Jillian - Taiwo Sokan
Carla/Shawna - Kyá Lee
Eugene/Elliot - Victor Flores
Kelly/Marie/Stephanie - Ben McLaren
Nurse/Colette/Marisol - Gabriella Marie Johnson
Spencer/River/Travel Agent - Rachel Halili
Marco/Gregory/Cedro - Vincent Hernandez

The Creative Team

Director - Lamar Perry
Playwright - Agyeiwaa Asante
Assistant Directory - Kali Boston
Dramaturg - Jazmine Logan
Scenic Designer - Eleanor Williams
Costume Designer - Elise Wesley
Lighting Designer - Russell Chow
Assistant Lighting Designer - Melody Vilitchai
Sound Designer - Caleb Foley
Production Stage Manager - Alina Novotny
Assistant Stage Manager - Georgia Horton
Assistant Stage Manager - Lula Britos
Script Production Assistant - Robert Remedios


About the Director

Lamar Perry  is a Queer Black director, producer and educator originally from Connecticut. In addition to working as a freelance director, he currently serves as an assistant professor of graduate directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Perry formerly served as associate producer at Tony-award winning The Old Globe. He recently made history alongside Detroit Public Theatre directing “Mud Row” as the inaugural production in their new permanent home.

Recent directing credits include “Animals Out of Paper” (Chautauqua Theatre Company), the off-Broadway world-premiere of New York Times Critics Pick “...What The End Will Be” (Roundabout/Associate Director), “What Lies Beneath” (UC San Diego), “Run/Fire” by Aurin Squire (Cygnet Theater/Finish Line Commission), the off-Broadway world-premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Hot Wing King” (signature/assistant director), and “In Sickness & In Health” by Dea Hurston as a part of An Evening with the San Diego Black Artist Collective featured in The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival.

Perry is a member of Roundabout’s Leon Levy Director’s Group, cohort II, and is the creator, writer, producer and co-host of both of The Old Globe's podcasts, “Cocktails with the Canon” and “Gather Round!” Perry has developed, directed or assisted on work at Diversionary Theatre/Spark Festival, UC San Diego’s Wagner’s New Play Festival, The O’Neill, Chautauqua Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, National Alliance for Musical Theater, The Juilliard School, The Classical Theatre of Harlem and St. John’s University.

Perry received his bachelor’s of science degree from St. John’s University in 2012, and holds multiple certifications in Shakespeare's Language from Michael Howard Studios and The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Perry's teaching interests include Black Theatre history, cultural transposition and reorientation, Queering the canon, and history of directing. In addition to teaching, he will serve as the instructor of record for multiple student-focused productions within the Department of Theatre and Dance.


About the Playwright

Agyeiwaa Asante is a Ghanaian-American playwright. Her plays include, Swirl (Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival 2017, Watermelon One-Act Festival-Best Production 2019), Help Wanted (Silver Spring One Act Festival, Elemental Women Productions), Wildest Dreams (Fire This Time Festival), By Grace Pt. 2 (2021 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), Promithes, Promithes (Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival) and Dainty (BOLD NYC’s 2020 Festival, Mosaic Theatre, Playwrights Realms Scratchpad series). She has been commissioned by University of Maryland’s NextNow Festival and Round House Theatre. Agyeiwaa is the 2020 recipient of The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation’s Ollie Award. She has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a 2nd-year Playwriting MFA candidate at UC San Diego. Representation: Scott Halle, Gramercy Entertainment.