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The Good Negro2010
CAST (click photos for larger images)
PHREDERIC SEMAJ (Reverend James Lawrence) This native of San Diego, California, started his career as a runway and print model. Bitten by the acting bug, Phrederic trained in classical, improvisational and modern acting with instructors such as Larry B. Scott (Revenge of the Nerds), Chris Barnes (ABC’s Life With Bonnie), Tasha Smith (Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married I & II, ATL and The Corner) as well as Gary Dubin of the Workplace Theatre. Stage credits include NAACP-nominated Eubie Waller’s Last Rites and the role of Tom Robinson in the 8-consecutive-week-sold-out To Kill A Mocking Bird earning him the Inland Theater League Award for Best Actor. He appeared on film in The Price Of Glory and worked in TV on Sister Sister, Desperate Housewives and The Practice. He also had a recurring role on Girls Behaving Badly which was shown on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network. Further, he landed the lead role for the HBO short Let’s Love Hate which was written and directed by famed actor Shia LeBeouf (Transformers I &II, Indiana Jones and Disturbia.) His Film- & TV-honed experiences enabled him to broaden his horizon to include hosting assignments. Other interesting and profitable experiences ensued. Through it all, his blend of style and talent shone brightly. Visit him at Like father, like daughter, his 4-year old daughter Khenadi Collins supplied the voice of SHELLY for this West Coast premiere of The Good Negro.
DAMON CHRISTOPHER (Henry) Having committed to studying acting in 1998, Damon has performed in several independent films, commercials and stage productions. This multiple hyphenate (actor-director-writer-producer) continues to perfect his craft while exploring new ways the world can hear his voice. He is thankful and appreciative to participate in this premiere production of The Good Negro. Just recently he shot a commercial for Cablevision. Further, you can see him in Andrew Paquin’s horror film Open House (Tribeca Film Festival 2010 selection). Damon dedicates his performance in this premiere production of The Good Negro to Terri, his devoted and supportive wife of 17 years, and to their “perfect” children Ebony, Damon and Karis.
AUSTEN JAYE (Rutherford) Having trained at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and with Richard Lawson, this native of Los Angeles, California, has kept busy honing his craft. His film credits include Expendable for Loki Pictures, Love Me Freely for Dowell Pictures and The Sweetest Heir for Rainbow Enterprises. He was seen on TV in The Bold And The Beautiful and The Factory. His stage credits include Fences, The Wiz, and The Amen Corner. He is thrilled to be working with such a great cast and Director. He thanks his family, friends, Sheila Crawford, Gar Lester and Richard Lawson for their support..
NUMA PERRIER (Corinne Lawrence) A first generation Haitian-American, Numa Perrier has been working in stage, film, and television since 2001. Notable stage credits include, Gypsy, Othello, Comedy of Errors, In the Boom Boom Room, Romeo and Juliet, Good Enough,Maggie and Drey, and Gingham Dog. Numa has enjoyed a recurring role on the daytime series General Hospital and is currently a series regular on the web series The Couple for premiering this Fall. Most recently Numa played a supporting role in the feature film Double Crossed set for an October 2010 release and directed by Gary Sturgis.

An exhibiting multi media artist and glove designer as well, Numa created the grassroots organization I GLOVE HAITI to provide earthquake relief to her family and other displaced Haitians in the January 12 calamity. For more on Numa visit:
THERESA DEVEAUX (Claudette Sullivan) Having received a BA Degree in Theater Arts from UCLA, Theresa
embarked on a theatrical career. Some of her stage credits include Romeo and Juliet, Girls of Summer,
Biking With Andrew Scott, The Awakening and All’s Well Well That Ends Well. Her most recent Movie and TV credits include Mega Piranha, Meteor Apocalypse, Sex Pot, Hung, and The Battle of Shaker Heights. She has appeared in numerous commercials including Best Buy, Flex Your Power, Visa, Home Depot, Terminex and San Diego Tourism which is running now. She volunteers for the Red Cross. Visit her at She dedicates her performance to the continuous fight for freedom.
GODWIN OBENG (Pelzie Sullivan) Mr. Godwin Asamoah Obeng is originally from Ghana/W Africa, where he starred in a sitcom on the nation’s leading network. He also hosted a trade show on the same network for two seasons. After doing community theater, including the role of Jelin in Detroit Rep Theater production of Yemaya’s Belly, and several short films in Detroit, Michigan, he relocated to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a big-time acting career. Mr. Obeng is a student of Meisner’s Technique. He speaks three African dialects (GA, TWI and AKUAPEM) and reads French.
BRETT CHAPIN (Paul) Brett says he is proud to be working in the role of PAUL with an amazing team on this groundbreaking work. His other favorite stage roles include Tony in You Can’t Take It With You at Theatre Palisades, Tim in The Secret Garden at the Laguna Playhouse, Dewey in The Diviners at the Curtis Theatre and LT. Schrank in West Side Story at the Simi Valley Arts Center. Also, he can be seen in the Lion’s Gate feature film Saw III. He is a graduate of both the conservatory and repertory dramatic arts programs at Laguna Playhouse. He has been a contributor to Backstage and is an active board member at Theatre Palisades Brett wishes to thank all his friends and family for being everything they are, and wishes to tell them that their love and support are priceless to him.
CHRIS MCNAIR (Steve) Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Chris has been acting since grade school. He has studied at Lee Strasberg in NYC and right here at the Stella Adler Academy on this very stage . He relishes in the honor of returning to his one-time home away from home as a professional actor performing in this West Coast premiere of The Good Negro - an award winning, provocative and significant play. He has been seen on TV in the show One Tree Hill and in the film Remarkable Power and performing improv at the Annoyance Theater in Chicago.
BRIAN E. SMITH (Rowe) This award-winning multi hyphenate (actor-writer-director-sound designer) hails from Phoenix, Arizona, where he was a fixture at Mesa’s Theatre Outback, working on and off stage in a variety of productions. He was nominated for the Irene Ryan Award in 2009 for his performance in the lead role of Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People and he received awards there as sound designer for a production of Proof. Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2009, he has performed in several stage and screen productions, most notably as Ebenezer Scrooge in the Young Stars Theatre production of A Christmas Carol.