Crumbs from the Table of Joy
Patricia Neal Stage

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

July 1 - 30, 2016


Director: Directed by Adrienne D. Williams
Writer: By Lynn Nottage

Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Vineyard Gazette Review

MV Times Review

Audience Comments

In this beautiful memory play by Pulitzer winning playwright Lynn Nottage (RUINED), Ernestine Crump takes you on a journey with the Crump family. Recently widowed, Godfrey and his two daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, move from Florida to Brooklyn in the fall of 1950. As Godfrey struggles with grief, racism and the fears of being a single parent, the arrival of his wife’s outspoken sister, Lily, heats up the household passion driving Godfrey to follow the advice of a charismatic spiritual leader, Father Divine. From the New York Post – “Imagine a pairing…between Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry.”


LYNN NOTTAGE, Playwright
Lynn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play RUINED has received an Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Other plays include INTIMATE APPAREL (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Obie Award; Playwrights Horizons, London's Tricycle Theatre); CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY; LAS MENINAS; MUD, RIVER, STONE; POR'KNOCKERS, and POOF! Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant," the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, and the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. More About Lynn
Adrienne is excited to make her MVP debut as a director. Adrienne lives in Manhattan where she has directed such plays as BEFORE IT HITS HOME, THE COLORED MUSEUM, JUST PASSIN' THROUGH, BLUE WINDOW, ANTIGONE, IPHIGENIA AT AULIS, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE, ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, and INTIMATE APPAREL. She was also honored to direct the US premiere of DEMOLITION OF THE EIFFEL TOWER by Albanian playwright, Jeton Neziraj for Project 9/11. She has taught and directed on the faculties of Juilliard School of Drama, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting, Marymount Manhattan College, Hunter College, and City College of NY. As an actress, she has performed for 20 years in many stage plays, musicals, television and film projects. Her MVP performances includes Rose in in FENCES, and Joan Honeyman in A WALK IN THE WOODS.
DRIA BROWN (Ernestine Crump)
Dria hails from South Carolina, graduating from the University of NC School of the Arts in 2014. She just wrapped a girl focused street theater piece entitled, FLEET in Sao Paulo/ Rio/ Salvador Brazil. Recent credits include WHAT I TELL YOU IN THE DARK (National Black Theater, The Wild Project), STIGMA (HERE ARTS CENTER) and THE ONENESS PROJECT (RADD THEATER CO). Many thanks to TKO & Shryll and David.
Regional: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, RUINED (Florida Studio Theatre), CLYBOURNE PARK, A SOLDIER'S PLAY, FENCES (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), RIP TIED (freeFall Theatre), TAKE ME OUT (Caldwell Theatre Company), Triad Stage, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Negro Ensemble Company. National tours: AND STILL I RISE, (written and directed by Maya Angelou), CAMP LOGAN, THE SWEET SPOT. Television: All My Children, Another World, Ryan's Hope, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, The Good Wife, Law & Order. Film: State Property II, The Devil Wears Prada. Studied theatre at Jackson State University and the University of Michigan.
Danielle lives on Martha's Vineyard year-round and is entering her senior year at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. Danielle has done two productions with the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse in the past, MY MOM IS TRYING TO RUIN MY LIFE, and THE GRADUATION OF GRACE. Besides acting, Danielle enjoys writing for her school newspaper and participating on her track and field hockey teams.
Abigail has acted with Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, New Georges, Women's Project, and Payomet Performing Arts Center on Cape Cod, among others. TV and Film includes Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Witness, Mercy, Childless, Sex and the City, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Days of Our Lives. She has her MFA from NYU Graduate Acting Program. Abigail is thrilled to be part of CRUMBS at the Playhouse. She has been coming to the Vineyard since she was a kid. This one is for Priscilla. More About Abigail
NIKKI E. WALKER (Lily Anne Green)
INTIMATE APPAREL Westport Country Playhouse/Syracuse Stage/Indiana Rep DEAD & BREATHING (National Black Theatre) A RAISIN IN THE SUN (Arden Theatre), FLAGMAKER OF MARKET STREET (Alabama Shakespeare), CHRISTMAS CAROL (McCarter Theatre), GEE'S BEND (Denver Theatre Center), THE DREAMS OF SARA BREEDLOVE (Goodman Theatre), DOUBT (Geva Theatre), CLASSYASS (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival), THE SILENT WOMAN (Shakespeare Theatre, DC). Film/Television: Blended, Orange Is the New Black, Do No Harm, Deception, Unforgettable, Bored To Death, 30 Rock, The Sopranos, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Criminal Intent, Sex and the City. Numerous commercials and voiceovers.