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Local Actors Cast in New Play Festival at BCPA

Post Date:01/10/2020 12:59 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                

January 10, 2020               

Contact: Don Shandrow at

Executive Artistic Director, Coalescence Theatre Project

Local Actors Cast in New Play Festival at BCPA 

#ShePERSISTED: a festival of staged readings,

Presented by Coalescence Theatre Project


BLOOMINGTON, IL – Coalescence Theatre Project is proud to announce that the directors, Elaine Hill, Kat Gregory and Tabitha Miller, have cast the 2020 #ShePERSISTED New Play Festival with an array of talented actors. This group of amazing local actors will bring dimension along with some intriguing surprises to the powerful plays that have been selected for this festival to be held at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts on January 31st and February 2nd.


Actors selected for Perfectly Normal by Karen Cecilia and Directed by Kat Gregory to be presented Friday, January 31st at 7:30 PM will include Jennifer Cirillo, Jen Maloy, Samuel James Willis, Allen Van Luvender and Don Shandrow. 


Black Like Us by Rachel Atkins and Directed by Elaine Hill will be presented Sunday, February 2nd at 2:30 PM and will feature Katharyn Brown, Jennifer Cirillo, Treyce L Spears, Peyton Tongate, Yasimine Hamilton, Tabitha Miller, Anne Cook and Chynna Miller.


Parts & Pieces by Amy Tofte, Directed by Tabitha Miller and presented Sunday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM comprise a cast that includes Connie Blick, Jackson Thorpe and Carolyn Stucky.


The plays selected present three different points of view on what it means to be a family. The #ShePERSISTED Festival allows the audience an opportunity to not only see the work of these exceptional actors but also provide feedback to the playwrights in a talk back after each performance.


The Coalescence Theatre Project’s 2020 #ShePERSISTED New Play Festival of Staged Readings will be presented at the BCPA, 600 North East St in Bloomington on January 31st and February 2nd. Tickets for each production will be available at the BCPA box office 309-434-2777, shop online at or before the performance. Ticket price is $10 for each performance or one can buy the #ShePERSISTED Three Show Package for $25.



The Coalescence Theatre Project is a nationally recognized and award-winning theatre that exists to incite our community to thoughtful action. Our logo, an abstract representation of the genetic tree of life, reminds us that we all come from one common Ancestor. We focus on unheard stories and offer a place where the silent and the underrepresented have a voice. Coalescence Theatre Project aspires to be a home where play, discovery, and learning are celebrated and our audience reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Our mission is equity and inclusion in the exploration of identity and our place in a global community.


#ShePERSISTED Curators are Rachel Hettrick and Ann Haugo and Coalescence Executive Artistic Director is Don Shandrow.





Event: #ShePERSISTED: A Festival of staged readings


Date & Time:


Friday, January 31st at 7:30 PM
Perfectly Normal - By Karen Cecilia - Directed by Kat Gregory


Sunday, February 2nd at 2:30 PM
Black Like Us - By Rachel Atkins - Directed by Elaine Hill


Sunday, February 2nd at 7:30 PM
Parts & Pieces
- By Amy Tofte - Directed by Tabitha Miller


Price: Each performance $10, or one can buy the #ShePERSISTED Three Show Package for $25. General admission.




Phone: 309-434-2777

Toll-free 866-686-9541

At BCPA Box Office: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 6 pm


Location: BCPA at 600 N. East Street, Bloomington, IL 61701