Lumen Repertory Theatre to stage two one-acts


Lumen Repertory Theatre has announced the third production of its 2024 season themed “BOLD” — Slow Burn: Edward Albee’s one-acts, “The American Dream” and “The Zoo Story.” This double bill showcases the searing and thought-provoking works of one of America's most influential playwrights.

“The American Dream” is directed by David Alford with Josh Andrews as assistant director and Kate McManus as stage manager. The cast includes Valerie Anthony, Sam Cobean, Jackson Gloumeau, Katie Johnston and Jen Mercer.

This dark comedy satirizes the American Dream and explores the disillusionment lurking beneath the surface of a seemingly perfect life.

“The Zoo Story” is co-directed by Alford and Brian Niece, with Josh Andrews as stage manager. Featuring performances by Alford and Niece, this intense play examines human connection and isolation through a chance encounter in Central Park, delving into themes of loneliness, social alienation and the struggle for dominance.

Both plays promise to deliver an unforgettable theatrical experience, challenging societal norms, evoking laughter and provoking deep reflection on the human condition.

All performances will be held at the historic San Marco Church, 1620 Naldo Ave, Jacksonville. Showtimes are all 8 p.m. Dates are July 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27.

Tickets are $45, or $20 for students with valid student ID, and can be purchased at

Guest artist Alford is known for his role as Bucky Dawes on the ABC/CMT/Lionsgate series “Nashville.” His extensive career includes notable screen credits such as “The Blacklist” (NBC), “The Good Fight” (CBS/Paramount), “The Last Castle” (Dreamworks) and a standout performance in Manhattan Theatre Club's Tony Award-winning revival of “The Little Foxes.”

The production team for these plays includes technical director Mike Livingston, scenic and props designer Claire Cimino, lighting designer Daniel Dungan, costume designer Camala Pitts, sound designer Brian Niece, fight choreographer Fulton Burns, production manager Katie Swider and assistant stage manager Hayley Smith.