Meet The Cast & Crew Behind Sunset Baby
Darren Constantine as KENYATTA SHAKUR
Darren Constantine grew up in (The) Bronx, NY. Moved to Florida and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of South Florida. He has been studying at the Performers Studio Workshop since 2012. ‘Sunset Baby’ is his 5th Stage appearance with The Heather. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actor's Guild) and can be seen in various upcoming Television and Film projects in 2020. He would like to thank Kathy Laughlin for her guidance, teaching a process that creates Characters, and for providing an environment conducive to growth and development of Craft. He would also like to thank his family and friends for their love and support. Keep updated on his upcoming projects at https://www.imdb.me/darren
Kelli Vonshay as NINA
Blessed to be the third child born into a very large family of eight, Kelli knew at an early age she was never the one to think inside the box, or put limitations on what she could and couldn't do. Her creative mind took her down many paths, but it wasn't until she enrolled in "Communication as Performance" at the University of South Florida, did she find her niche. In 2010, she began actively pursuing her career in film and TV, and participating in the local theater doing various roles. She joined The Performers Studio Workshop to learn the process of acting in 2011. Driven by her love for herself, others and the craft, Kelli has defied all odds, refusing to live in fear and is now living by that motto of “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”. Kelli is a recipient for Best Supporting Actress at the Long Island International Film Festival in NY for a short film she did titled “Reset”. She also played lead in her first film “Sunshine” and done a few commercials. Kelli is thankful to be in a space where she can work and stretch to work in different energies with an amazing teacher like Kathy Laughlin.
Aris Rogers II as DAMON
Aris Rogers II is a TV, Film and Theatre actor based in the Tampa Bay area. This is his debut performance with The Heather Theater Company. Rogers is a true student of the craft. He has trained under the tutelage of Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married), Harry Lennix (NBC's The Blacklist), Andi Matheny and Kathy Laughlin C.S.A. Rogers often states that when he found acting about 4 years ago he found something special where the process is just as exciting as the end goal. Fun Facts: 1. He holds a Dual Master's Degree from the University of South Florida (MBA/MS in Sport & Entertainment Management). 2. Prior to actively pursuing a career as an actor, he was developing a career as a publicist. 3. He's a former All-American Freestyle & Greco Roman Wrestler. You can follow him on his journey on Instagram at @ArisRogersII
Margaret Murphy started acting over 30 years ago. She has done several theater productions but this is her directing debut. She has also found other loves in the business including writing and teaching and done work for Independent Casting as well as Jo Edna Boldin Casting Director in New Mexico. She is Kathy Laughlin’s assistant at Performers Studio Workshop. She is currently working on directing her pilot she wrote The Choice.
Arielle Duran just recently graduated from the University of South Florida with her degree in broadcasting and production. She has several years of experience in acting and working on productions. This is her second time working as a stage manager for a play, and she continues to learn every day from the wonderful people she's gotten the pleasure of working with.
Rosey has been studying with Kathy Laughlin at the Performers Studio Workshop since 2012. During her time there she has flourished in the industry as crew and is continually working behind the scenes. For the bast three years shehas worked with theHeather as Stage Manager, lights and sound technician and stage hand.
About the Playwright:
DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). She is also the book writer on the new musical Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless”. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.