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A revolution grows violent outside the opulent presidential palace of an unnamed country. Inside, four women await the arrival of the embattled dictator: his wife, her best friend, a British journalist, and a translator. As the political tension escalates, time refracts and earlier scenes replay from different perspectives. Morgan, the award-winning British playwright and screenwriter (The Iron Lady, Suffragette), takes the audience on a breath-taking journey with a fascinating theatricality that is at once compassionate, dispassionate, and probing.

“Abi Morgan has elaborated a play of remarkable intensity and richness. Splendour gleams with ice-cool wit, glistens with the sweat of animal fear.”- Time Out

Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
artists

LORRI HOLT*
DENMO IBRAHIM*
SAM JACKSON
MIA TAGANO*

ABI MORGAN - Playwright
BARBARA DAMASHEK+ - Director

FUMIKO BIELEFELDT** costumes
KURT LANDISMAN** lights
MICHAEL LOCHER** set
MATT STINES sound

ABI MORGAN (Playwright) was nominated for the Olivier Award for most promising playwright in 2002; her plays have been produced at the Royal Court, the National Theater of Scotland, and the Donmar Warehouse, among others. Morgan's writing for the screen includes The Iron LadyShameSuffragette, and BBC drama The HoursSplendour was first produced in 2000 in the UK, and had its US premiere at The Globe in San Diego in 2002. She lives in London with her husband and two children.
 
DENMO IBRAHIM* is thrilled to return to Aurora. She was last seen in the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns (American Conservatory Theatre & Theatre Calgary) where she originated the role of Nana. Recent credits include Noor in Our Enemies: Lively Scenes of Love and Combat (Golden Thread Productions) nominated for a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle AwardClaudio in Much Ado About Nothing (California Shakespeare Theater), and Tyra in I Call My Brothers (Crowded Fire Theater) for which she won a Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role. Her solo show BABA, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, won a SFBATCC for best original script. Ibrahim is a founding artistic director of Mugwumpin. She earned her MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor-Created Physical Theatre from Naropa University and a BFA in acting from Boston University. 
LORRI HOLT* has been an award-winning Bay Area actress for more than three decades, working with Berkeley Rep, SF Playhouse, A.C.T., Magic Theatre, Cutting Ball, San Jose Rep, The Aurora, Marin Theater Company, and Cal Shakes, and in many SF commercial productions, including The Vagina Monologues Cloud 9. She originated the role of Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America with Eureka TheaterRegional and international credits include Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater; Birmingham Rep (England); the Barbican Theatre (London); La Jolla Playhouse; and ATL’s Festival of New American Plays. Ms. Holt recently co-wrote and starred in a one-woman show, Colette Uncensored, at The Marsh. She works frequently in the voiceover field in video games and film narration.  Her most recent film credit is Betty the Tax Goddess in Love & Taxes.
MIA TAGANO* is making her Aurora Theatre debut and most recently, was seen in Calligraphy at Theatreworks where she has also performed in Snow Falling on Cedars, Loudest Man on Earth and MButterfly. Her New York credits include Far East (Lincoln Center), 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theater) and Song of Singapore (Capital Repertory).  Her regional credits include Macbeth (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Love and Information (American Conservatory Theatre), Tamburlaine, (Shakespeare Theatre), Tantalus (Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Royal Shakespeare Company co-production), Hamlet and Nicholas Nickleby (California Shakespeare Theatre), Every Five Minutes (Magic Theatre), Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Center Stage and Hartford Stage), Twelfth Night (San Francisco Shakespeare) and Waiting for Tadashi (George Street Playhouse). TV/Film credits include All My Children, Law & Order and John Barton’s The Shakespeare Sessions. Ms. Tagano received her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.
SAM JACKSON is a San Francisco based actor, vocalist and teaching artist who is thrilled to be making her debut on the Aurora stage! Her most recent credits include: 6 New Play's That It All Makes Perfect, Berkeley Playhouse's Bridges: A New Musical and New Conservatory Theatre Center's Avenue Q (2014 & 2016). Sam can also be found as the lead vocalist of The Gentlemen Amateurs (www.thegentlemenamateurs.com) all over the Bay. She would like to extend a huge thank you to: her friends and family, for their constant love and support, and fleeting, though much needed, moments of sanity and to you for being supporters of the Arts in this time when we need you most.
Member of *Actors' Equity Association, +Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, **United Scenic Artists
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