* World Premiere

Waiting to be Invited (2001)
ACT is proud to present a moving, funny, and warmly human first play by a rapidly emerging playwright. Based on real-life experiences of Shephard-Massat's grandmother, Waiting to be Invited tells the story of four unlikely heroes who test the Supreme Court desegregation rulings by meeting at a "whites only" lunch counter in 1960s Atlanta. As these ordinary working-class women confront the seriousness of their momentous lunch, they find the courage to rise above their fears, and, in doing the extraordinary, discover that the most formidable barriers to freedom lie within their own hearts.
About the Play
Written By: S.M. Shephard-Massat
About the Production
Run Dates: 8/23/2001 - 9/16/2001
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: Israel Hicks
Cast: Demene E. Hall - Miss Louise
Keith L. Hatten - Palmeroy Bateman
Ebony Jo-Ann - Miss Odessa
Cynthia Jones - Miss Delores
Michele Shay - Miss Ruth
Jane Welch - Miss Grayson
Music: Brian Kirk - Percussion
Reuben Radding - Contrabass
Behind the Scenes: Ann Ciecko - Assistant Lighting Designer
Dominic CodyKramers - Sound Designer
Bill Curley - Set Designer
Gordon Edelstein - Artistic Director
Jeffrey K. Hanson - Stage Manager
Allen Lee Hughes - Lighting Designer
Kavita Jhaveri - Production Assistant
Anne Kearson - Assistant Stage Manager
Jim Loder - Managing Director
David Kay Mickelsen - Costume Designer
Vito Zingarelli - Producing Director