Using traditional storytelling and nontraditional verse to chronicle the course of love returning in the lifetimes of one woman-loving-woman named bull-dog-jean, the bull-jean stories give cultural documentation and social commentary on African-American herstory and survival. Set in the rural South of the 1920s, the bull-jean stories herald the spirit of African-American people.
SIGNE V. HARRIDAY (Director) (she/her) is a fierce visionary and powerful storyteller who crafts theatre that awakens our individual and collective humanity. As a director, multidisciplinary artist, activist, and facilitator, she uses theatre as a catalyst to ask questions about who we are and who we are in relation to others. Co-founder of MaMa mOsAiC, a women of color theater company whose mission is to evoke positive social change through female centered work. Co-founder of Million Artist Movement, a collective of artists committed to Black liberation. Co-founder of the award-winning synchronized swimming team, The Subversive Sirens. Associate Company Member of Pillsbury House Theatre. Founder of Rootsprings Coop, a retreat center for BIPOC artists/activists/healers. She earned her MFA in Acting at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Moscow Art Theatre. Recent credits: Hidden Heroes, and assisting on Floyd's. Current projects: Director of Dining with the Ancestors, Associate Director of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower, Director of Supadupa Kid, Choreography for Love of Silver Water, Playwright for Dysmorphia. www.SigneHarriday.com
SHARON BRIDGFORTH (Playwright) (she/her) A Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sharon Bridgforth is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. Sharon has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, the National Performance Network and is a New Dramatists alumnae. Sharon has served as a dramaturg for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship program and has been in residence with: Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Theatre School at DePaul University; allgo, A Texas Statewide QPOC Organization; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Widely published, Sharon is Executive Producer and Host of the “Who Yo People Is” podcast series. The Lambda Award-winning the bull-jean stories was published by RedBone Press in 1998. With support from her 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Membership Sharon is developing, bull-jean & dem/dey back. More at www.SharonBridgforth.com
Performed by Ameerah Briggs
Stage Manager Chris De Camillis
Casting Director X Casting/Victor Vazquez, CSA
Vocal Consultant Aimee K. Bryant
Camera Operators Michael Mueller, JC Quiroz Vizhnay, Ben Starkman
AMEERAH BRIGGS (Performer) (she/her) is from Sumter, SC. Her credits include M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” “Equal Standard” opposite Marc John Jefferies and Ice T, and Leaving The Blues at The Flea Theatre. Ameerah has won awards for Best Supporting Actress in the films “Never Once An Ocean” and “The Underhanded Free Throw.” Coming from a military and artistic family, she spent time in Madrid, Spain until the age of three. Then moved to Thetford, England and back to SC where she studied studio art and received a BFA in theatre. Outside of acting, Ameerah enjoys working on her series of batik fabric portraits. www.AmeerahBriggs.com
CHRIS DE CAMILLIS (Stage Manager) (he/him) Broadway: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Misery, It’s Only a Play, The Glass Menagerie. Off-Broadway: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven; The Hard Problem, Pride’s Crossing (Lincoln Center Theater) Much Ado About Nothing (NYSF/Delacorte); The Total Bent (Public); Parable of the Sower (Public/UTR); Oliver Twist (TFNA). A.R.T: 30 productions in 15 years at American Repertory Theatre as Artistic Coordinator/Resident Stage Manager. Chris is the Producing Stage Manager for Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon.
VICTOR VAZQUEZ, CSA (Casting Director) (he/him/his) is the founder of X Casting NYC (XCastingNYC.com), a member of the Casting Society of America, and a 2020 Theater Communications Group (TCG) Rising Leader of Color.
Photo Credits: DJ Potts. Portrait above by Justin Teodoro.
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