Apr 6, 2024
Apr 21, 2024

The Poisoner

Uncommon Productions
By M.M. Haney
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans

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A universal tale, THE POISONER is an unraveling of the deception, abuse of power, and utter negligence of early 2000s Michigan water politics. In a neo-noir thriller driven by a determined journalist who returns to his hometown and uncovers more than he bargained for, THE POISONER invites you to question, are we ever safe?

Directed by two-time Obie Award-winning Director and Choreographer Lee Sunday Evans and written by first-time playwright M.M. Haney, THE POISONER is inspired by the Flint water crisis. Matinee performances will include talkbacks with talented artists, fashion designers, photojournalists and community advocates who have contributed to democracy, water justice, and beauty in Flint and beyond.

Following the matinee on Sunday, April 7, there will be a talkback with Vince Duffy, News Director of Michigan Public Radio, who produced "Not Safe to Drink, "Matt Black, a Magnum photographer who created the award-winning photo essay "The Fall of Flint," and Carly A. Krakow, NYU Faculty, scholar of international law and environmental justice, writer, journalist, and activist.

Following the matinee on Sunday, April 14, there will be a talkback with Joan Leary Matthews, former Senior Attorney for NRDC's Safe Water Initiative, Sheila Coronel, Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia, Syrah Scott, Executive Director of the National Clean Water Collective and Matthew Brandt, photographer of the series Bridges Over Flint, part of the permanent collection at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Following the matinee on Saturday, April 20, there will be a talkback with fashion designer Tracy Reese, co-creator of the collection titled "Flint Fit" using 90,000 plastic bottles from the Flint water crisis.


BRETT DIGGS: Dwayne Davis and others
GREGORY CONNORS: Jack Burden and others
LIZBETH MACKAY: Olive Gaines and others

Developed and Directed by : Lee Sunday Evans
Producer: Jessica Chase
Dramaturg: Seth Bockley
Associate Producer: Maya Maniar
Executive Producers: Tim Disney, Bill Haney
Scenic/Costume Designer: Peiyi Wong
Associate Set Designer/Prop Supervisor Oscar Escobedo
Associate Costume Designer: Camille Marchini
Lighting Designer: Stacey Derosier
Sound Designer: Brian Hickey
Casting Director: Taylor Williams
Production Stage Manager: Jo Fernandez
Assistant Stage Manager: Fouad Hasan
Production Manager: William Adams
Script Production Assistant: Tyler Larson

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