When institutional change is needed, what voices will be heard? Can it actually change through its own mechanisms, or will it silence essential voices to sustain its ways? Ben and Jasmine are the only two Black teachers at Penn Valley, a private Quaker school. Jasmine is passionate and boundary pushing, while Ben has worked his way up the ranks at the school to be Diversity Dean thanks to his “agreeable” nature. A racially charged discipline decision ignites a divide at the school and in Jasmine and Ben’s collegial relationship.
Content Advisory: Please note that "Affinity Lunch Minutes" contains challenging themes and mature language.
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Noah (He/Him) is happy to return to Actors’ Theatre. He has been in the Theatre community for many years working with Civic, Circle and Jewish. He was last seen with Actors' as Avery in The Flick. He has also been behind the table Assistant Directing for Jewish Theatre. He went to Western Michigan University for History and Theatre. Love you Liam "Remember this. You are what you've done, but your every action affects the future" -Deathlok (Uncanny X-Force vol 1 31)
Channelle Holiday (She/Her) is a Grand Rapids native and a veteran actress, who has performed in several plays at Actors’ Theatre. Channelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University where she performed in several productions. She has performed in commercials, voiceovers, as well as movies on Netflix/PureFlix and Hallmark Channel (SilverBells and Perfectly Prudence). Her most recent production was Building the Wall. In addition to her Actors’ credits, Channelle has numerous performance credits locally, including engagements at Wealthy, Civic, and Circle Theatres. She has also worked with great names such as Antonio Fargas, Bruce Boxleitner, Kenton Duty, Jane Seymour and John Lando, to name a few. Channelle offers her sincerest appreciation to her husband and children, who are enthusiastically supportive of her pursuits. She is also grateful for the support of family and friends throughout her acting journey. On her role in this production: “This role for me is more than a character. It allows me to hold space for myself, when I wasn’t accepted or welcomed in certain places. All of those moments prepared me for this very role.”
Mary Jane Pories (she/her) is an award-winning, Equity actor/improviser and former mainstage cast member The Second City – Detroit. She’s worked as a writer, director, and performer in corporate shows, her one-woman show, stand-up and sketch comedy, and short films. Locally, she’s performed at the B.O.B., Civic Theatre, Living on the Edge Festival, LaughFest, Actors' Theatre, Jewish Theatre, Dogstory Theatre, Master Arts Theatre, Park Theatre, the Calvin Theater Company, and various improv troupes. Most recently she played Marilyn in The Miracle of Chanukah for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids. Mary Jane is deeply grateful to her wife, Rhonda, for so many reasons including her willingness to run lines.
Alex Weiss (he/him) has been performing around GR for a minute, but he's thrilled for this to be his first time working with Actors' Theatre! He's also been on stage with Civic Theatre, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Circle Theatre, Jewish Theatre, and Betka-Pope Productions. In addition to acting, Alex also enjoys making music and finding secret spots to hang out. He's thankful for everyone who comes to see the show!