Dionté and Khai Do Dinner
October 23, 2020
available through October 30
By Megan Schumacher
Directed by Malika Oyetimein
In Dionté and Khai Do Dinner, Dionysus and Pentheus are not god and king, but rather a new-in-town Black professor and his nosy White neighbor. When Penn invites Dionté and his wife Khai to dinner, he soon discovers that his forward-thinking guests might be more than he bargained for, as their civilized conversation quickly devolves into a less-than-civil war of words.
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Run Time: Approximately 20 minutes
Costume Designer - Anna Sorrentino
Lighting Designer - Jerry Forsyth
Sound Designer - John Stovicek
Props Designer - Sharri Jerue
Dramaturg - Zach Apony
Stage Management Consultant - John Flak
Stage Manager - Autumn Blalock
Dionté - Stefan Matthews
Khai - Veshonte Brown
Penn - Ian Notte
About the Playwright
Megan Schumacher (MA 2018) is a theatre artist residing in Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of Simpatico Theatre’s Jourska PlayWorks and The Foundry at PlayPenn. Her play Superlosers was produced for the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Monster Mash was performed as part of the Going Viral Festival on Facebook. She served as a production dramaturg for Quintessence Theatre’s performance of Angelina Weld Grimké’s Rachel and directed Out of the Shadows by Marissa Kennedy (MA ’18) at the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
About the Director
Malika Oyetimein is a director/playwright who received her MFA from The University of Washington's School of Drama. She is also a member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater. She was featured in Seattle’s City Art Magazine 2016 Future List and her productions of Bootycandy (2016) and Hoodoo Love (2017) were nominated for Gregory Awards: Best Production. She is also the co-adapter and director of Dr. Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Repertory Theatre) which garnered a Gregory Award nomination for Best Director. Select directing credits: How I Learned What I Learned (Arden Theatre Co.) The workshop production of The First Deep Breath (National Black Theatre), The Bitter Game (Wallis Annenberg), Eclipsed (Southern Repertory Theatre), the world premiere of WHITE (Theatre Horizon) Barbecue, Bootycandy (Intiman Theatre Festival), And in this Corner: Cassius Clay (Seattle Children’s Theatre).