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Show times: Tues @ 7:00 (Apr 25 only), Wed & Thurs @ 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 4 PM, Thurs matinee @ 2:00 PM (May 4 only).

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Post-show discussion with the actors.

Pre-show talk by Professor Anne Adams on "Father-Son Conversation of a Different Kind"

6:30 pm - Reception 
6:45 pm - Talk

Professor Adams talks about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me and James Baldwin’s letter to his nephew, “The Fire Next Time” —classic texts of black fathers telling their sons about living as black men in the U.S.—along with Toni Morrison’s commentaries on both.

Anne Adams, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.  After retirement from Cornell, she served for five years as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture, in Accra, Ghana, 2005-10, and as visiting professor in the English department at the University of Ghana, Legon.  Currently, she is a member of the graduate faculty of the Program in African Studies at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.  Her primary areas of research and publication are African/Diaspora women’s writing and Afro-German cultural studies.  She has served as consultant for the German publications of four of Toni Morrison’s novels.



Throw Pitchfork
Written & performed
by Alexander Thomas
Apr 23 - May 7, 2017

Director: Sara Lampert Hoover

Sue Michlovitz and Paul Velleman
Syracuse New Times
Teacher on the Go

Recommended for ages 14+.

Family Secrets Writer/performer Alexander Thomas explores two generations of men in his African American family. An edge-of-your-seat story of a family’s struggles and successes, told with humor - and full of surprises.


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Monday-Friday 12:00-6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00-4:00pm
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“The show is, in the end, an elegy for a father...a portrait of a father's poignant legacy and what struck me as a dead-on depiction of how a family diverges from a center.” ~The New York Times

Alexander Thomas

ALEXANDER THOMAS* (Actor/Playwright) originally performed Throw Pitchfork in the Kitchen's 12th season in 2002 fresh of its successful Off Broadway debut at The New York Theatre Workshop, before going on to close the 2004 Monodrama Festival in Kiel, Germany where it won a Special Honors Award. Kitchen audiences also know him from Sunset Baby, The Whipping Man, Opus, Broke-ology and After Ashley, as well the two-man farce Black Stuff co-written and performed with LeVan D.Hawkins for the Kitchen Counter Culture series.

Living around the world with his wife who works for the Foreign Service he has also racked up some impressive international credits as a cast member of the U.K. stage production of On the Waterfront directed by Steven Berkoff which ran in London's West End at the Royal Haymarket Theatre, as well the Edinburg Festival, Nottingham Playhouse, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and won the UK'S What's On Stage Award for best Ensemble.

He spent two months in Luxembourg City in the inaugural production for the Actors Repertory Theatre Luxemburg playing the role of Ross in Edward Albee's The Goat or Who is Sylvia?

While living in Berlin, Germany, he performed in Utopia/Dystopia at the English Theatre of Berlin as well as participating in Colorblind? a series of staged readings exploring issues of diversity in Germany. His two act play Schwarz Gemacht (made black) was also produced at the English Theatre of Berlin (with help from Kitchen Theatre Company) in 2014 and brought back for a second run in 2015. It also had a reading, that same year, at the New Black Theater Festival's annual staged reading series at the Lark Theater in New York. He recently made his Toronto stage debut in Jason Maghanoy's original play Hangman at the Storefront Theatre.

His training includes the Stella Adler Studio and the Meisner Technique with Richard Pinter. Up next LETTERS TO ANNABELLE, a new play by Canadian writer Stephan Joffre, for the Toronto Fringe Festival. www.alexthomasactor.com

SARA LAMPERT HOOVER** (Director) - Most recent at KTC: Precious Nonsense, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Dancing Lessons.  Past KTC Productions: Black Pearl Sings! (Kitchen Theatre Co/GeVa), Neat, The Tricky Part, I Become a Guitar, Souvenir - 2008 SALT Award “Best Summer Production”, The Clean House, Tony And The Soprano, Yellowman, Precious Nonsense, The Syringa Tree, A Servant of Two Masters, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Pretty Fire, and Molly Sweeney. At Vermont Stage Co: Three Days of Rain and Doubt, I Am My Own Wife. Other production credits: Falsettos, Sweeney Todd, Proof, 4 by Beckett, Merton of the Movies, Side Man, The Insect Comedy, and The Gnadiges Fraulein. Assistant directing credits: Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club, Daniel Sullivan, Director) and The Dybbuk  (Syracuse Stage, Barbara Damashek, Director). Member: SDC

TYLER M. PERRY (Set & Lighting Design) a NYC-based lighting and scenic designer, received Kitchen Theatre Company's 2013-14 Norma Fire Emerging Artist award. KTC favorites: Sex With Strangers, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Soup Comes Last, I and You, Thin Walls, The House, Venus in Fur, OpusSlashes of Light, What I Thought I Knew, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Frankie and Johnny in… Lune, among others. NYC: Schooled (FringeNYC, Time Out New York's Critics' pick); The Wild Party, The Adding MachineA Man of No Importance (b-side Productions). Regional: Trick or Treat (Northern Stage); Avenue Q (2016 RI BroadwayWorld award winner), Damn Yankees (Ocean State Theatre Co.); The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Smokey Joe's Cafe (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre); Urinetown, The 39 Steps, Stage Kiss, Lend Me A Tenor, Into the Woods (Cider Mill Playhouse). TV & Web: Garbage Time with Katie NolanAOPA Live, Monumental Sports Network (Infinite Designs). Broadway (Assistant): Miss Saigon (2017 revival); Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (National Tour). BFA Ithaca College. Member: United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.tylermperrydesign.com

SERGEY LEVITSKIY (Sound Design/Original Music) is an interdisciplinary artist, composer, and performer based in Ithaca, NY.  He received his BFA from Cornell University in 2016 where he studied electroacoustic composition, musical imrovisation and visual arts.  His theater design involvement began in 2016 when he worked on The Cherry Arts productions of Bitter Banquet and The Show Queen. Aside from working on Throw Pitchfork, he has recently composed original music and sound design for Kitchen Theatre Company's production of Sex with Strangers; Cherry Arts productions of Winter Animals and Nothing to Do with Love; as well as Life Sentence, a Cornell University student play premiering at the Schwartz Center in April.

LISA BOQUIST (Costume Design) has designed and coordinated costumes for a number of previous productions at Kitchen Theatre Company, including: Precious Nonsense, Thin Walls, A Body of Water, Lungs, Black Pearl Sings!, Heroes, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, The Whipping Man, Circle Mirror Transformation, Irma Vep, Red Light Winter, Broke-ology and Waiting For Spring. Other favorite designs at the Kitchen include Mary's Wedding, Bed and Sofa, Last Train To Nibroc, I Become A Guitar, and Nine Parts Of Desire. She runs her own studio, where she designs and constructs prototypes, mascots and custom clothing for film and public appearances. She has been the Textiles Coordinator and Design Associate for MacKenzie-Childs, Ltd., and presently runs the costume shop at Cornell University. There she is responsible for training students in all aspects of costume construction, and has designed costumes for: Picasso At The Lapin Agile, Beat Box Bard, Bedroom Farce, and Drama, Dance And The Disco Of Desire, among others.


(*Member, AEA
**Member, SDC)