To My White Friends Who Know Me
Patricia Neal Stage

To My White Friends Who Know Me

July 19 -22, 2023

Can we have authentic friendships across racial lines? A frank, funny, enlightening play that thoughtfully examines race relations through the lens of cross racial friendships and their untapped benefits.

Playwright Deborah Plummer, a psychologist, educator, and founder of Getting to We, leads a post-show conversation inspiring us to achieve racial equity one friend at a time.


Director: Treva Offutt
Writer: Dr. Deborah L. Plummer

To My White Friends Who Know Me

Dr. Deborah L. Plummer (Writer)
As principal consultant of D.L. Plummer & Associates, Deborah L Plummer, PhD has worked successfully with international and national corporations including Fortune 500 companies, hospital systems, community mental health agencies, public and private school systems, and faith-based institutions, developing diversity strategic plans, facilitating diversity training and conducting organizational development consultations. Debbie has held past roles as staff psychologist, hospital system chief diversity officer, tenured university professor, and was the founding director of the master’s degree program in diversity management at Cleveland State University. She has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the Top 15 Chief Diversity Officers to Know. Debbie also has been featured in many media outlets and serves as an expert commentator for several news channels.
Treva Offutt (Director)
Treva Offutt is an actress, choreographer, dancer, director, educator, singer, and visual artist. Internationally, she enjoyed touring with NYC’s The Urban Bush Women, Belgium’s Remote-Control Productions, Mexico’s Choro Tajin, Ireland’s Daghda Dance Company, and India’s Adishakti Theatre Company. She was the Director of Education and Outreach at The Kitchen in NYC for 7 years. Currently Cleveland based, Treva has had the pleasure of performing with local companies: Karamu House, Dobama, Mamai, The Musical Theatre Project, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cain Park, The North Coast Men’s Chorus, and Ensemble Theater. She taught Drama and Dance at Laurel School, in Shaker Heights for 12 years and in addition to directing and choreographing at other venues, she is honored to have directed musicals for Heights Youth Theatre for 14. Treva is a proud graduate of RISD, a member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Director of Education for Playhouse Square
Jeannine Gaskin (Debbie)
Jeannine Gaskin is a Cleveland based director and actor. She is excited to be performing at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse for the first time! Her latest directing credits include The Light by Loy Webb and Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O'Hara. She was last seen on stage as Liz Morden Our Country’s Good. Other stage credits include For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, the world premiere of Lisa Langford's Rastus and Hattie, Day of Absence, In the Blood, Neighbors by BrandenJacobs-Jenkins, and The Amen Corner by James Baldwin.
Samantha Cocco (Susie/Friends)
Samantha Cocco has been involved with the production of To My White Friends Who Know Me since April 2022. She will continue with this year's national tour through November 2023. She has been performing professionally since 2017 both on stage and on sceeen. Her full breadth of work can be found at, as well as her recent expansion into playwrighting and reviews of local theatre productions. She is the Administrator of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, an avid kayaker and cyclist, and a dog connoisseur. Thank you for supporting local theatre. Fellow White Friends: this work toward racial equity and Black liberation is mine and yours. It is not enough to simply not be racist; I am calling you in to find your place in this work and be actively anti-racist. When we fight racism and white supremacy, we are all liberated.
Alexandria Danielle King (Young Debbie/Gayle)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Alexandria Danielle King is an actor, writer, educator, dancer, director and nature enthusiast and student of stage combat.  She received her BA in Drama from Tufts University and advanced theatre training from The Moscow Arts Theatre School, Billie Holiday Theatre Black Arts Intensive and Sordelete Inc. . She believes that performance art is a divine tool for revealing and examining the condition of the heart. Her previous credits include: Regional: The Bluest Eye (The Huntington Theatre). Off Broadway: Bud, Not Buddy (Wheelock Family Theatre), Pipeline (WAM & The Nora Theatre), A Christmas Carol In Harlem (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Antigone (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Detroit ‘67 (New Horizon Theatre), The Girls of Summer (The Layon Gray Experience,LLC), The Revolutionists, (The Nora Theatre), Broken City: Wall St. (Pop Up Theatrics), Arabian Nights (The Underground Railway Theatre), Shockheaded Peter (Company One), Splendor (Company One), Midsummer Nights’s Dream (Roxbury Repertory Theater), Black Nativity (The National Center of Afro-American Artists). Film: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Compelling Pictures), Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart (Film Posse), Red Monster (Beyond Measure Productions), Clear History (HBO). Education: B.A. in Drama (Tufts University), Advanced Theatre Training (Moscow Arts Theatre School, Billie Holiday Theatre & Stella Adler BASI). Other: Award Wins- Eliot Norton Awards Outstanding Ensemble & Production, The Bluest Eye. Award Nominations (Berkshire Theatre Critics, Eliot Norton and IRNE Awards). Website: Instagram: @DIVINELOVEHEALS
Christa Brown (Felicia/Gladys)
Christa Brown (she/her) is thrilled to be making her Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse debut! Her recent performance credits include: Morning, Noon, and Night with Company One Theatre, Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes with the Front Porch Arts Collective, An Education in Prudence with Open Theatre Project, and Both/And with MIT/Central Square Theater. In 2019, Brown founded the Free Soil Arts Collective in Lowell, MA, as a means to bridge the gap for opportunities for artists of color in the Merrimack Valley. Christa holds a B.F.A. in Theater from Longwood University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Follow her at @choice2bhappy
Shani Farrell (Yvonne)
Credits include FABULATION OR THE RE:EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Mother & Others) The Lyric Stage Company of Boston: THE WALKING PLAYS SERIES 1, EPISODES 3-6 (Sojourner) The Lyric Stage Company of Boston: THE WALKING PLAYS SERIES 2 / GREENWAY SERIES. EPISODES 2 & 3 (Anne Frances). Stageloft Repertory Theater: BOEING BOEING (Gloria). Pilgrim Soul Productions: VANYA SONYA MASHA SPIKE (Cassandra) Mainstage Theater Company: NOISES OFF (Mrs. Clackett) The Umbrella Stage Company: FENCES (Rose). Worcester County Light Opera Club: CHICAGO THE MUSICAL (Velma Kelly). Theater at the Mount: SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL (Dolores Van Cartier). Mainstage Theater Company: INTO THE WOODS (The Witch). Clark University Musical Theater Club: AVENUE Q (Gary Coleman). The Umbrella Stage Company: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Yitzhak). Shani is a graduate of Fitchburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications/Theater. She currently attends Emerson College obtaining her MFA in theater education/applied theater. She has been nominated for EMACT DASH award for best supporting actress in How to Succeed in Business for her portrayal of Smitty, and was an IRENE RYAN nominee/semi-finalist in the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Special thanks to the ones whose support never waivers!
Joshua Echebiri (Black Man)
THEATER: Henry V (The Old Globe: Globe For All), Lizardly (Media Art Exploration / New York Live Arts), Merry Wives (The Public Theater: Free Shakespeare in the Park), Romeo N Juliet (virtual) (Pittsburgh Public Theatre), A Raisin in the Sun, (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Something Happens for Joe, (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Soft (Williamstown Theatre Festival); TELEVISION: Bob Hearts Abishola, Season 4 (CBS), Dear Edward (Apple TV+), The Good Fight, Seasons 5-6 (Paramount+). BA: Dartmouth College. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting. Instagram: @joshuaechebiri.
Paul K. Padua (White Man)
Paul is a longtime veteran of island theater having performed Shakespeare and THE FABULISTS THEATER FOR CHILDREN for more than three decades in the Tisbury Amphitheater. He most recently guest starred on the internet series A Good Cop, and he appeared on the History Channel's The Food That Built America.