Chicken & Biscuits
Written by Douglas Lyons
Directed by Kevin “Blax” Burroughs
March 8-24, 2024
Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm (except first weekend) & 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Preview Night – Friday, March 8
Opening Night with Champagne Reception
– Saturday, March 9
Military Matinee – Sunday, March 10
2 free tickets for Military & Veterans with ID
Artist Talkback – Sunday, March 17
Industry Night – Monday, March 18
“Family is a loaded word.”
Directed by Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, the Regional Premiere of Chicken & Biscuits by Douglas Lyons March 8 through March 24, reveals the rivalry between sisters Baneatta and Beverly when they come together to bury their father. Between Beverly’s flaunting of her “blessings” at the chapel, the accompaniment of Baneatta’s son by his neurotic Jewish boyfriend of whom she disapproves, and Beverly’s overly inquisitive daughter poking into everyone’s business, the family is not so sure they can make it through the day without killing one another! Baneatta’s pastor husband tries to mediate the family drama while officiating the funeral, but when a shocking family secret is revealed during the ceremony, the siblings are faced with a truth that could either heal or break them.
“This show is so so so authentic and pure. And it truly provides a genuine perspective from black people and it’s just so beautiful,” said Jacob James, who plays Kenny. “I think many people will find many things relatable. This is play is like life itself. There are moments of comedy, drama, tragedy, and calmness.”
SHOW RUN TIME: Approx. 90 minutes. No intermission.
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This is King’s first performance with Oceanside Theatre Company. She recently understudied as Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (New Village Arts). Other credits include Clea in A Sense of Love (Common Ground Theatre), Mama/Woman 3 in The Bluest Eye (Moxie Theatre/Mo’olelo); Chorus in African Medea, and Magi in Harlem Duets (San Diego Black Ensemble Theatre). King can also be seen in Red Blooded as Superintendent Carol Constantine. As a writer, her first feature-length script, based on her father’s Spur Award-winning book Dark Trail, is under consideration at the Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards Festival.
Taylor Renee Henderson
Henderson is feeling blessed and highly favored to be making her OTC debut in Chicken & Biscuits! Henderson is a multi-hyphenate artist and performer that has been working professionally on and offstage for an upwards of 10 years; this past year alone you may have seen her in the world premiere of BottleShock! The Musical (CCAE), The Savoyard Murders (Roustabouts Theatre Co), Xanadu (SDMT) and the American premiere of The High Table (Diversionary). You’ll be able to see her again onstage this spring and summer in the regional premiere of The Color Purple (NVA). In her downtime, she enjoys singing karaoke and playing Dungeons & Dragons. @tay.renee.onstage
Murray is so happy to be debuting with Oceanside Theatre Company. Originally from Fairfax Co, VA, select credits include The Savoyard Murders (Roustabout Theater), Handbagged and Our Lady of Kibeho (Moxie Theatre), The Servant of Two Masters and 1222 Oceanfront (New Village Arts), The High Table, Well and One in Two (Diversionary Theatre), and Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts I, II, and III (Intrepid Theatre Company). Murray would like to thank The Usual Suspects, Wondrous Strange, and “The Corporation” for their love and support.
Calloway is overjoyed to be making her Oceanside Theatre Company debut in Chicken & Biscuits. Previous highlights include: Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Danielle in Bring it On!, and Ti Moune in Once on This Island. While not onstage, she enjoys doing yoga, reading, and, much like her character, she loves being on that damn phone. Calloway works as a content creator on TikTok and Instagram with a growing community of makeup lovers, fashionistas, and theatre enthusiasts. @allycenotalice
James is thrilled to be acting with Oceanside Theatre Company for the first time! Previous credits include The Ferryman and 1222 Oceanfront (New Village Arts), Don’t Dress For Dinner, Boeing Boeing (CSUSM), On Her Shoulders (La Jolla Playhouse WOW Festival), and What Goes Unsaid (Playwrights Project). James is also a proud co-host of Harping on the Past: A Theatre Kid Podcast. His passion for creating theatre extends to acting and directing various projects and motivates him to continually learn from colleagues and fellow cast members. @itsjacobjames_
Chicken & Biscuits is Hudlin’s first production at Oceanside Theatre Company. Pre-COVID, she studied Theatres Arts at [then] Humboldt State University and went on to earn Irene Ryan Nominations for her performances as Annie Knowby in Evil Dead: The Musical (Humboldt State University) and Heather Chandler in Heathers: The Musical (Humboldt State University). Other credits include R.F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain (New Village Arts), Aadya in 1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas (New Village Arts), Medium Alison in Fun Home (Ferndale Repertory Theatre) and Brenda/BJ in Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Ferndale Repertory Theatre).
Bauer is thrilled to be making his debut at Oceanside Theatre Company. He has been seen onstage most recently as Richard Hannay in Scripps Ranch Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps. He has also performed in San Diego at Trinity Theatre, and as Lenny in Lamplighters’ Community Theatre’s production of Rumors. Other previous credits include Mal in The Addams Family, and Clifford Anderson in Deathtrap. He graduated from CSU Long Beach in 2021 after studying Theatre with an emphasis in Performance. He also enjoys reading and writing.
Michael Amira Temple
Temple is a theater practitioner and teacher interested in using the arts as a tool for discovery, connection, healing, and self- actualization. Her work balances honoring the past while heading towards the future, and has a strong focus on community, self-advocacy, and joy. Temple was recently voted “Best Supporting Performer in a Play” by Broadway World’s San Diego Regional Awards for her role in Oceanside Theatre Company’s Good People. Additionally, she has worked with Diversionary, Backyard Renaissance, Loud Fridge, Prague Shakespeare Company, and more as an actor, director, writer, and teaching artists.
Kevin “Blax” Burroughs
OTC’s Artistic Director, Burroughs is a “Theatrical Swiss Army Knife” for his roles as performer, director, choreographer and lighting designer. Select Director credits include First Date, Songs For A New World, Next To Normal, Carrie: The Musical, and James & The Giant Peach. He is the 2022 Craig Noel recipient of the Outstanding Specialty Award, a Craig Noel nominated director, multi-nominee and winner of the Broadway World Regional Award and National Youth Arts, and Co-Founder and Artistic Director for Teatro San Diego. Credits include Moonlight Stage Productions, CCAE Theatricals, New Village Arts, SDRep, OnStage Playhouse, Cygnet Theatre, Legoland California Resort, SDMT, Coronado Playhouse, Common Ground Theatre, and Loud Fridge Theatre Group, among others. IG: @blaxparadise
Jones graduated from California State Fullerton with a BA in Theatre with a Stage Management Emphasis. They recently stage managed in Houston for Houston’s Black Theatre Week. Jones is excited to be back at OTC after stage managing Seasons and Blitzen’s Ball. Jones would like to thank her family and friends for all the love and support. They hope you enjoy the show!
Andre Buck Jr.
Buck is a sound designer for theater arts and is proud to be debuting with the Oceanside Theatre Company. He loves to work in the San Diego community and has designed sound for The Bonitafest Melodrama for years. He has previously worked with Teatro Máscara Mágica, La Jolla Playhouse and Lambs Players Theatre. He was also recently worked as Assistant Technical Director for The Cradle Will Rock and Sound Designer for Southwestern College’s, Psycho Beach Party.
Carter is a professional costumer and designer in Southern California, specializing in costuming commercial and concert dance. Her recent credits include Costume Designer for West Side Story (Teatro San Diego) and Ripped (Loud Fridge Theatre Group), Head Costume Designer of the original Wizarding World Ballet First Year, Costumer in Residence for The Wiz (Teatro San Diego) and Costumer in Residence for The Nutcracker, Costume Mistress of The Magic Mirror, and Costume Assistant for Swan Lake and Paquita (New West Ballet). Emily received her M.S. in Environmental Policy and is passionate about sustainable fashion. @embelinaa
Tucker is an artist based in San Diego and is pleased to be returning to Oceanside Theatre Company. Chicken & Biscuits marks his third design in the Sunshine Brooks Theater and second with the company. Recent credits include 1222 Oceanfront (New Village Arts), The Colored Museum (Common Ground) and An Evening of Dance (San Diego City College). Tucher is happy to be returning to OTC and is thankful for the opportunity to put up the first lighting design of the season.