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Written by: Robert Bowie Jr.

Directed By: L. Peter Callender

A chance meeting between a hitchhiker, a cowboy and a waitress in Reno 1980 becomes much more dangerous than just a road trip when this unlikely trio realizes that two of them are inextricably linked together through the long-buried secrets of their past. In an explosive conclusion, they are forced to return to everything they escaped and stand up against their deepest fears in a stand-off that may ultimately destroy them.

Blue Panther Productions and African-American Shakespeare Company in the San Francisco Bay Area presents a developmental reading of Baltimore playwright Robert Bowie Jr.'s newest play, "Onaje." Set in two worlds, Maryland 1980, and the civil rights riots in the Eastern shore in 1967, "Onaje" explores identity and power in a riveting story, compelling us to face the viciousness of racism...and offering a seed of hope for change. 

This reading of "Onaje" is directed by L. Peter Callender, the Artistic Director of African-American Shakespeare Company, and takes place 7pm, February 22nd at The 620 Sutter Street Theatre, San Francisco, California, 94102.

Starring Dameion Brown, Jamella Cross, Gift Harris, Hilary Hesse, Robert Paine, George McRae*, Kimberly Ridgeway, Michael Sommers, Aaron Wilton*

*Member, Actors Equity Association


Academy of Art, 620 Sutter Street Theatre
San Francisco, California, 94102.

Playwright and Poet Robert Bowie, Jr. of Baltimore, Maryland has had nine plays produced, including "There Ain't No Wyoming" and "Naked House Painting Society" through The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and has several more scripts in development. Bowie's political farce "Crash & Burn P.A." was the only submission selected by the 2016 Festival Committee for a full production at Theatrical Mining Company, Baltimore. Bowie's plays are focused on social justice and span a broad spectrum between drama and comedy. His subject matter ranges from plays about racial prejudice and civil rights to political farce. Bowie is a graduate of Harvard University and is the Poet Laureate of The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) https://alumni.harvard.edu/about-haa/haa-poet-laureate. He recently retired from the successful law firm he founded to focus on his passion for the arts. Bowie is dedicated to writing and working to create social justice through playwriting, using cases from The Innocence Project to teach litigation procedure and professional ethics at the University of Maryland Law School. The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 and exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing, reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

A native of Trinidad in the West Indies, L. Peter Callender has worked professionally as an actor for over thirty years, and more recently as a director and writer. He received his formal training in the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City; Webber/Douglas Academy in London, England; Mask Technique with Julie Taymor; and The Suzuki Technique with The Tadashi Suzuki Company in Toga-mura, Japan. He has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters across the US, and has performed internationally in Japan, England, and France. 

His New York credits include: Tom/Jamaican Waiter in Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep. and at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, directed by Norman René); Off-Broadway: Roscoe in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (at the Public Theater, directed by George C. Wolfe); Caliban in The Tempest (at Classic Stage Company, directed by Julie Taymor); Curio/Ensemble in Twelfth Night (at the Delacorte Theater, directed by Harold Guskin).

Mr. Callender has been an Associate Artist at the California Shakespeare Theater since 1994. Some favorites roles at CalShakes include: the title roles in Julius Caesar and Cymbeline; Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream; Capulet in Romeo and Juliet; Orsino in Twelfth Night; Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing; Polixenes and Leontes in Winter's Tale; Navarre in Love's Labor's Lost; Bolingbroke in Richard II; Duke Solinus in Comedy of Errors; Laertes in Hamlet; Dukes Frederick and Senior in As You Like It; La Feu in All's Well That Ends Well; Dr Chasuable in The Importance of Being Earnest; Vincent Crummels in Nicholas Nickleby; Roebuck Ramsden in Man and Superman; and Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion.

Since 2009, Mr. Callender has served as Artistic Director of the African-American Theater Company--proud recipient of the Paine Knickerbocker Paine Award for continued contribution to Bay Area Theater. Mr. Callender is a visiting professor at Stanford University teaching Acting Shakespeare. http://cogentoak.wixsite.com/lpetercallender