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Meet the Br'er Peach cast!

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Broadway-bound Crystal Lucas-Perry will star with San Francisco Mime Troupe’s Michael Gene Sullivan in the world premiere audio play, Br’er Peach by Andrew Saito, an AlterTheater production in collaboration with The Parsnip Ship and in association with Business Lunch Productions.

Ms. Lucas-Perry made headlines when she was chosen to star as John Adams in the Broadway revival of 1776….right before COVID shuttered theaters. Joining the cast of BR’ER PEACH is longtime mainstay of the Obie and Tony Award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, Michael Gene Sullivan.

Fresh off a radio musical with The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Desdemona Chiang directs, with Kevis Hillocks and Resa Mishina rounding out the cast. “I am always interested in stories about different cultures coming together,” says Ms. Chiang.

With more than 15 years of developing and producing new plays, AlterTheater joins forces with podcast play company The Parsnip Ship to bring this award-winning play to podcast platforms.

“I am so excited that BR'ER PEACH features a small, but fiercely talented cast of actors whose dynamic voices really bring forth to life this cross-cultural adventure of a story,” says Iyvon Edebiri, artistic director of The Parsnip Ship.

Developed in AlterTheater’s award-winning playwright residency program, BR’ER PEACH draws from African-American storytelling traditions, and weaves traditional elements from the Japanese folktale Momotaro, about a boy born from a giant magical peach, into a new story where spirited animals join the fight against the true ogres of corporate greed, racism, and the displacement of Black folk in rural Georgia.

“The Parsnip Ship is excited to collaborate with AlterTheater on the radio play version of BR’ER PEACH”, continues Edebiri. “AlterTheater’s mission and values closely align with our own to foster the development of new plays centered on BIPOC narratives. In a wider scope, our partnership on this work signifies a major shift in the American Theater, where organizational resource sharing and the development of theater content for the digital space becomes the norm and is welcomed as one of the new ways theater has begun to transform relationships with artists and audiences.”

Check out the full team and their bios here!

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