2023 Season

… Of Champions

Saturday October 21, 7:30pm


…Of Champions by Chandra Thomas

A staged reading directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga

No advance reservations.
$10 donation at the door

The story of the Murphys’ family-owned circus started just a few years after the end of the Enslavement period. Over its 150-year history, their circus has been a place of entertainment and empowerment. But facing bankruptcy in present day, the Murphys’ must reckon with financial ruin or preserve their family’s legacy by any means necessary. The play …OF CHAMPIONS integrates narrative storytelling and moments from history, with circus acts and performance styles from around the world.

Featuring: Alinca Hamilton, Katie Lerner-Lam, Antique Mascara, Darryl Mayhand, Nicole Quinn, Willis Williams

chandra thomas is a writer-actor-producer originally from New York. As a playwright, her work has been presented at Primary Stages, Barrow Group, Naked Angels, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, HERE Arts Center, Vivid Stage, Passage Theatre, among others. chandra’s most recent plays, The Buzzer and …Of Champions, were just named Finalists in the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. She also recently completed as an Echo Theater Young Playwrights Fellow. On the television side, chandra has staffed on the Emmy-nominated farewell season of the CBS multi-cam comedy Mom, the single-cam comedy Tacoma FD, and an adult-animated comedy series for Amazon. She’s currently developing an hourlong series based on …Of Champions. As an actor, her credits include roles in theatre, television, film and digital. She earned BA degrees in Theatre and Sociology from Vanderbilt University and holds an MFA from Columbia University.  chandra’s the proud child of immigrants, has gleefully lived all over the country and around the world, and absolutely loves baseball.