TOLIVER AND WAKEMAN
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Brianna will be playing Wakeman in the world premiere of Toliver and Wakeman at Franklin Stage Company in the Catskills this summer, alongside her now husband Jelani Pitcher!
Show runs August 4 - 20
Kyle Bass’s intimate new play dramatizes the Civil War experiences of two actual historical characters from two very different (and not so different) backgrounds. Toliver Holmes was a young black man born into slavery in Virginia who escaped to New York, changed his name to avoid capture, and mustered into the Union Army’s 26th Regiment of Colored Troops (NY), later settling in Delhi, NY. Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, a young white woman born in Bainbridge, New York, disguised herself as a man and mustered into the Union Army—the 153rd New York State Volunteers—using the alias Lyons Wakeman. A world premiere.
What people are saying...
"Perhaps most exemplary of this emotional command was Brianna Ford in the role of Rosalind. Ford portrayed Rosalind (and Ganymede) in a jovial, energetic way which captivated the audience. Far from merely muttering the lines, she brought to each verse a physicality – whether in literal skips and jumps or in facial expression when communicating with other characters – that satisfied the original challenge of bringing Shakespeare to life."
The Cornell Daily Sun
"But Ford's Essie risks stealing the show with her inspired "dancing". Never walking when she can twirl, Essie performs constantly, her 'creative' gestures the height of absurdity."
"It is Emily who unfolds as the play’s protagonist, and you'll seldom see the iconic role better played than by Ford."
Lavender Magazine (Minneapolis)
"Three actors play Helvetica at different life stages, with the bulk of scenes going to the superb Brianna Joy Ford as the writer in adolescence. Ford's scenes with Nick Strauss, who plays Helvetica's dad, are among the show's most moving."
"Brianna Ford is outrageously funny as Essie, the dancing daughter... The performance is both excruciatingly funny and, simultaneously, oddly touching and beautiful."
"Molly Aster (Brianna Joy Ford) stood out as having a strong voice and fantastic character work."
Northwest Herald (Chicago)