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Diversionary Theatre casts "when last we flew," a new play by Harrison David Rivers

SAN DIEGO -- Diversionary Theatre completes casting for its production of "when last we flew," a new play by Harrison David Rivers and directed by Colette Robert, opening Thursday, Nov. 8.

The cast includes Faeren Adams as Priscilla, Marshall Anderson as Fresh, Lynaé DePriest as Marian, DeAnna Driscoll as The Angel, Noah Longton as Ian, and Cordell Mosteller as Paul.

"When last we flew" is a poetic and humorous story about a young man’s life transformed by one of the most lauded plays of our time. After stealing a copy of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America from the local library, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him are about to take flight as over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

The play is a funny, uplifting and unique piece addressing important and challenging topics - such as being African-American and LGBT in today’s teen culture, how coming to terms with sexuality affects families, and theatre’s power to change lives - head-on in ways that feel relevant to anyone who has ever been a teenager or struggled with who they are.

"When last we flew" received workshops at the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Sundance Theater Lab and was a feature at the 2010 FringeNYC where it earned several awards including the GLADD Outstanding New York Theatre (Off, Off Broadway) Award.

The creative team for Diversionary’s production of "when last we flew" includes Matt Scott (Scenic Design), Shirley Pierson (Costume Design), Luke Olson (Lighting Design), Blair Robert Nelson (Composer/Sound Designer), David Medina (Prop Master), Megan Ames (Stage Manager), Bret Young (Producer) and John E. Alexander (Executive Director).

Diversionary Theatre’s production of "when last we flew" is produced in association with WLWF, LLC (Anthony Francavilla, Eric Louie and Seena Hodges).

Previews begin Thursday, Nov. 8 with an official opening on Saturday, Nov. 17. The production is scheduled to run through Dec. 9.

Tickets are now available online, by calling 619-220-0097 or by visiting 4545 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Single ticket prices ranges from $25-$51.

About the company

Faeren Adams (Priscilla) is excited to be returning to Diversionary Theatre. Recent credits include Daisy in The Man Who Came to Dinner (The Coronoado Playhouse), Mary/Calcetina in Learn to Be Latina (Diversionary Theatre). Favorite roles over the years include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Miracosta College), Candy in Unidentified Human Remains... (Garr Productions, NYC), Esperanza in If the Shoe Fits (Coronado Playhouse), Juanita (u/s, performed) in Come Back to the Five & Dime...(6th@Penn), Gianna in A Roman Holiday (Coronado Playhouse).

Marshall Anderson (Fresh/Ford/Man) is delighted to make his professional debut in when last we flew. Marshall recently graduated from Pitzer College where he minored in theatre. He played leading roles in Othello, The 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Colored Museum, Marat Sade and Richard II. Marshall is a featured character in the web-series Life@Large.

Lynaé DePriest (Marian) is excited to make her Diversionary Theatre debut with when last we flew. Elsewhere: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (Common Ground); The Crucible (MOXIE); BFE (San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Triad Productions); No Child and The Vagina Monologues (InnerMission Productions); Free Gift (Community Actor’s Theatre).

DeAnna Driscoll (The Angel, and others) is honored to be returning to Diversionary Theater with when last we flew. Previously for Diversionary: Cloud 9 and Lot's Daughters. New York: King Lear (The Cockpit Theater); Lady Windemere's Fan (Natl. Shakespeare Co.); Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (Cockpit Theatre); Elsewhere: In The Wake, Superior Donuts, The Good Body, Miss Witherspoon, Bad Dates (San Diego Repertory Theater); Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, The Chairs (Ion Theater); The Butcher of Baraboo (MOXIE Theater); Bus Stop (The Old Globe Theater). Movies: Decaf, Clipping Adam, Nixon Baby. Television: Veronica Mars, Point Pleasant, Lincoln Heights. Commercial: Pepsi, AT&T, Sharp Healthcare, Union Bank.

Rory Lipede (Natalie) is so honored to be working with Diversionary Theatre. New York Theatre: And She Said He Said I Said Yes (The Public); Baptism (Samuel French Festival); When Last We Flew (Lucille Lortel/Sundance); Dream Acts (HERE); Tunde’s Trumpet (SummerStage); STEP: The Musical (NYMF); FELL (NY Fringe Festival); Christmas Rappings (Judson); Bender (ArsNova); Pound Cake (Negro Ensemble Company). Elsewhere: Raisin’, Othello and A Song For Coretta (St Louis Black Rep.); Troilus and Cressida (St Louis Shakespeare Co.); Laughing Wild (Vanity); Noises Off (Act Inc.); Fires in The Mirror (Mustard Seed Theatre). Awards: FringeNYC: Best Actor, Kennedy Centre Irene Ryan National Winner, Mark Twain Comedy Award, Comedia Dell’ Arte Award, Kevin Kline: Most Outstanding Performance.

Noah Longton (Ian) Diversionary credits include: Edward II, Dooley, New Century, and Sextet. Other Credits include: Heddatron (Ion Theatre), Ronnie Larsen Present’s Making Porn, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and To Kill A Mockingbird. Recently, Noah produced and directed a successful run of Altar Boyz. Noah is a proud graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his B.A. in Theatre.

Cordell Mosteller (Paul) This is Cordell's debut performance with Diversionary Theatre. Elsewhere: Young Americans European and Japanese tours: Aida, RENT.

Harrison David Rivers (Playwright). Plays include when last we flew; Lydie, or (S)he Who Looks Inside, Awakes; The Bandaged Place, And She Said, He Said, I Said Yes, Fell, Misquoted Texts, Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating), a musical co-written with Daniella Shoshan and composer Julia Meinwald; and Look Upon Our Lowliness. Rivers is the recipient of the 2011 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off-Off Broadway Play, a 2010 FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting Award, Sundance, Van Lier (New Dramatists) and Emerging Artist of Color (New York Theatre Workshop) Fellowships and the John Golden Playwriting Award. He is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. B.A., Kenyon College. M.F.A., Columbia University School of the Arts.

Colette Robert (Director) is overjoyed to be working in her home state for the west coast premiere of when last we flew! Diversionary Theatre debut. New York: Barriers (HERE), Pluck & Tenacity (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival Winner), when last we flew (FringeNYC, Fringe Excellence Awards in Playwriting and Performance, GLAAD Media Award: Outstanding Off-Off-Broadway Play), and Stockton (EST/Youngblood). Colette is a member of the Old Vic/New Voices Network, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and was the Public Theater’s 2009 Van Lier Directing Fellow. She has developed new work with EST, New Georges, The Old Vic, Ma-Yi, Second Generation (2g), Rising Circle, New York Theatre Workshop, NYU, Columbia University, Vineyard Arts Project, Space on Ryder Farm, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. M.A., RADA and King’s College, London. B.A., Yale University.

About Diversionary Theatre

Diversionary Theatre develops new works and produces plays and musicals that explore the issues, characters and stories of the LGBT community in all its complexity and diversity. Now in its 26th year, Diversionary is a professional theatre company that produces a season of mainstage plays and musicals, presents a series of entertaining live entertainment (Diversionary Cabaret), and nurtures artists in the development of new works of theatre through new play commissions, readings, workshops.