TO THE TEST

Cynthia, a public school teacher, faces a day of personal and professional trials, including a husband with a nightshift, a job evaluation, and her tween daughter’s determination to switch schools.

Written by Ricardo Soltero-Brown
Directed by Billy Christopher Maupin
Produced by A. J. Campbell, Qurantine Players

CAST

DEAN KNIGHT ………………………Todd
HALIYA ROBERTS………………….Cynthia
JACQUELINE JONES ………………Denise
MICHAEL GOODWIN ……………………..Fox
NANCY KENT COLLIE ……………………..Janie
PATRICIA ALLI ……………………..Anne
CORRIE L. YARBROUGH ……………..Stage Manager

MICHAEL GOODWIN (Fox) most recently appeared in the Netflix Original Series Dolly
Parton’s Heartstrings. Other appearances include Falcon Crest, Dynasty, and All My
Children, as well as Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order:
SVU. Films include Lolita, The Dead Pool, and Fair Game.

DEAN KNIGHT (Todd) has been acting on Richmond-area stages for the past fifteen
years.  Some of his favorite roles are Trigorin in The Seagull and Clarence in Richard
III (Henley Street Theatre Company); Manus in Translations, Bottom in A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, and Reverend Parris in The Crucible (Sycamore Rouge); Roderigo
in Othello (Quill Theatre); Captain Alford in The Human Terrain (5th Wall Theatre) and
his RTCC Best Leading Actor award-winning performance as Ever Montgomery
in Dancing Lessons (Virginia Repertory Theatre).

NANCY KENT COLLIE (Janie) is an actor based in NYC. She is thrilled to be working
with Quarantine Players again. Last seen in Animal Control and Tracy Jones, she’s
grateful for the opportunity to share theatre during this crazy time. Stay safe, wear your
masks, and enjoy!

HALIYA ROBERTS (Cynthia) is an actor and voiceover artist who has performed in
numerous independent films, commercials, and plays. At the 2019 Richmond Theatre
Critics Circle Awards, she was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role – Play, for her
role in the one woman show Pretty Fire. Haliya also hosted the Emmy winning show,
The Art Scene, on VPM (Central Virginia’s PBS affiliate). She is a graduate of The
Honors Acting Conservatory at The Theatre Lab: School of the Dramatic Arts in
Washington, DC.

JACQUELINE JONES (Denise) graces the stage, airwaves, web, and silver screen, big
and small. Cherished for dozens of original characters and quirky portrayals, the native
Virginian specializes in solo shows including Ann Richards in Ann, Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, and Jocelyn in Sedaris’s Season’s Greetings. Jackie sparkled as beautician Maylene opposite Rainn Wilson in Colette Burson’s feature, Permanent, and
voiced Confederate Jewish spy, Eugenia Phillips, for the Smithsonian Institute. Jackie
is a Standardized Patient at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine’s Center for Human Simulation and Patient Safety, and mentors with the Richmond Jewish Coalition for Literacy. www.JacquelineJones.net

PATRICIA ALLI (Anne) was recently heard in Ann starring Jacqueline Jones at
Firehouse Theatre, where she also appeared as Mother in Passing Strange and
Jocasta in Oedipus. She starred as Hillary in Hillary and Clinton with HATTheatre, the
Player Queen in Hamlet with Quill Theatre and WCVE, the Nurse in The Lyons with 5 th
Wall Theatre, and Alma in Yellowman with Henley Street Theatre.

Chris Russell

BILLY CHRISTOPHER MAUPIN (Director) was featured this summer in The Washington Post and The New York Times for his one-man adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s
The Picture of Dorian Gray. Favorite directing credits include Nicky Silver’s The
Lyons, Holland Taylor’s Ann, and Douglas Jones’ Jack and the Beanstalk. He is a
two-time RTCC Award Winner for Best Director of a Musical for Carrie the Musical with 5 th Wall Theatre and Dave Malloy’s Preludes with Firehouse Theatre. He won a Tabby Award for his direction of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour and was named one of Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40” by STYLE Weekly.

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CORRIE L. YARBROUGH (Stage Manager) Previous stage management credits
include Carrie the Musical, The Busy World Is Hushed, 5 Lesbians Eating a
Quiche, and The Children’s Hour.

A. J. Campbell (Producer) Founder of the Quarantine Players. A playwright, advocate and activist.

About the Playwright

Ricardo Soltero-Brown is a playwright, actor, and director. He is a graduate of University of South Florida, where he staged THE JACKET. He won the Florida Playwrights Competition for JEALOUSY (Valencia College; Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, Jeremy Seghers). He was an apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company, where THE AMBASSADOR, OR: THE DISARMAMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS and NOTHING BUT CHEESE were performed. THE PRINCESS OF CASPIA had a staged reading at Dixon Place. SICK DAY was presented as a reading at the Dramatists Guild’s Equality Festival (freeFall Theatre). His plays, including BELDAM & GAFFER (Pipsqueak Collective), GRIEF, and THE LAST PLAY (Jeremy Seghers), have been performed at various colleges, theatres, and festivals. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

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About the Quarantine Players

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We can all sit around and list off the problems with modern theater so I won’t bore you with a recitation of facts we all largely agree upon. The Quarantine Playres are a scrappy theater start-up who is in a position to break all the rules. We were told we can’t put out new work all the time. Yes, we can you just have to treat playwrights like we matter, make them part of the process and value our input.

We are your source for new plays from amazing playwrights. Each week we choose a new play to read for you. We are diffferent because we involve the playwright in every step of the process. Most of our writers will attend all the rehersaals and provide feedback along the way. We don’t just honor playwrights by waiting till their work goes into the Public domain so we don’t have to pay them. We prefer our playwrights to still have their pulise.

Let’s make theater together.

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