The Things I Cannot Change
November 6, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
Berkshire Theatre Group presents a staged reading of Pia Wilson’s The Things I Cannot Change in collaboration with Roundabout Theatre Company, directed by Stori Ayers, with Kurt Zischke, Hadi Tabbal, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart and Tasha Lawrence.
The play follows two women who live in the Halcyon gated community as they recover from recent traumas in their lives. Patricia, an African-American emergency room physician, who nearly died from a physical attack on the job, and Madeline, a white woman, who struggles financially and emotionally after her much older husband dies, leaving everything in his will to one of his adult sons.
Pia Wilson has been a Newark Creative Catalyst grant recipient, Traveling Master for Dramatist Guild Foundation, resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Sundance fellow and member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater.
Her plays have been produced by AD Players, Crossroads Theatre, Workspace Collective, Drew University, Adelphi University, Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time play festival.
Her fiction podcast, If I Go Missing The Witches Did It, starring Gabourey Sidibe, was listed as one of the Best New Podcasts of 2021 by Variety and Mashable. In television, Pia has been a staff writer for NatGeo’s Genius Aretha and BET’s Sacrifice.
Stori Ayers is a New York-based Actor, Director and Co-founder of [RARE] Lotus Productions. Originally from Washington, D.C., she has a passion for stories that challenge social norms, create conversations in the community, and ignite within her generation a spirit of activism.
This past season Stori directed the world premiere of Confederates by Dominique Morisseau at Signature Theatre, NYC. She also directed Ms. Morisseaus’ Blood at the Root at Chautauqua Theatre Company, Paradise Blue at The Geffen Playhouse and associate directedon Skeleton Crew on Broadway. Stori assistant directed the world premiere of August Wilson’s one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned, at the Signature Theatre (NYC).
She was the 2018 & 2019 Directing Fellow at Chautauqua Theater Company, and her directing credits include Skeleton Crew (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); When Statues Fall (Cleveland Playhouse); Night Vision; Third Grade (Playing On Air); Blood at the Root (University of Michigan); Single Black Female (Penn State School of Theatre); Hip Hoperella; Here I Go, Boys. Wish Me Luck; and Fires in the Mirror (Fletcher Collins Theatre).
Up next, Stori will be directing the world premiere of I’m Back Now by Charly Evon Simpson at Cleveland Playhouse (Jan 2023). Stori is a proud member of SDC and Actors’ Equity, holds a B.A. from Mary Baldwin University, an MFA in Acting from Penn State University, and is the former Executive Assistant to writers Dominique Morisseau and Katori Hall.
Kurt Zischke (Lane Bennet / Brick / Ed / Paul / Realtor) Broadway, Off-Broadway & National Tours include: Signs of Life, Whistle Down The Wind, The Buddy Holly Story, The Three Sisters, Antigone, King Lear, A Doll’s House, The Beaux’ Stratagem, George Abbott’s Broadway, Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and Ulysses In Nighttown, among others.
Regionally he has appeared across the country in more than 130 productions ranging from Julius Caesar (Brutus) to My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins) at such theatres as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe, Northern Stage, The Alliance, The Huntington, The Pioneer, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arkansas Rep, GeVa, The Cape Playhouse and the Utah, New Jersey and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals.
Kurt is married to actor Victoria Adams-Zischke and they are most proud of their 17-year-old daughter, Scout, who is attending American University in Washington D.C.
Hadi Tabbal Off Broadway: The Vagrant Trilogy (The Public Theater), English (Atlantic Theater–Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play). Regional credits include: The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater, D.C.), The Hour of Feeling (Humana Festival, KY). Film: Rosa (HBO), Circumstance (Sundance Audience Award).
Hadi played Amir Al-Raisani on NBC’s The Brave. Other TV credits include: Bull (CBS), Law & Order SVU (NBC), FBI (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC). MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. Past artistic associate for The Sundance Theater Institute. Fulbright grant recipient from Beirut, Lebanon.
Tiffany Rachelle Stewart
Tiffany Rachelle Stewart (Patricia Thomas) Broadway: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Off Broadway: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (The Signature), Sugar In Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club), Pericles (The Public), Julius Caesar (TFANA). Regional: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (American Repertory Theater), The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Repertory & Yale Repertory), The Winter’s Tale (The Alley), Animal Farm (Baltimore Center Stage & Milwaukee Repertory), By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (The Alliance), Love’s Labour’s Lost & The African Company Presents Richard III… (The Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
TV/Film: The Blacklist, Law & Order: SVU, Black Rose, All My Children, Royal Pains and Hotel Pennsylvania. Awards: Best Actress in a Drama NYTVF (Black Rose), Outstanding Ensemble AUDELCO (Sugar In Our Wounds), Lucille Lortel Nominee (Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992). MFA in Acting from Yale.
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