Cary Players presents Men Always Leave, an original one-act show from local playwright Naima Yetunde Ince, February 1-3 at The Cary Theatre
It’s not often Cary Players produces the work of a local playwright. In fact, in 16 seasons and 60 productions, this is only the second time Cary Players has ever produced a show with origins right here in the Triangle. In this case, the show is Men Always Leave, and the playwright is the Triangle’s own Naima Yetunde Ince.
“It’s not something we do very often,” said Cary Players founder and president Dan Martschenko. “But, our mission statement from day one has been to showcase the theatrical talents of local artists. Mostly we do that through acting, directing and stagecraft. But, we have to show some love for the playwrights, too.”
Men Always Leave tells the story of a woman who must face the pains of the past to move beyond a life on hold and secure a positive future for her and her son. In the process, she learns she is not the only one grappling with past demons. It’s about family, betrayal, love, and ultimately, self-discovery. The show was inspired by one of Ince’s original spoken-word pieces that shares the same title, thus proving the malleable nature of her work.
“Some see the title and wonder if this is something they want to see,” Martschenko said. “I’m a family man, been married for nearly 30 years, and I loved the story. You’ll have to come see for yourself why.”
The show was not only written by Ince, but she directs it as well, and even has a brief cameo. First time Cary Players actress Tyanna West takes on the challenging lead role of Maya, the mother who on her own is raising her son, Hakeem, played by a young and talented Jireh Ijeoma. J. Mardrice Henderson (previously seen in Cary Players Isn’t It Romantic and It’s A Wonderful Life) plays the estranged boy’s father, Jermaine. The cast is then rounded out by the talents of local actors Chanda Branch, Celeste Hinnant, and Gerard Williams.
Assistant Director Alike Vail also provides Stage Management for the production, helping to keep a talented crew on the same page, including Set Designer Edward Killian, award-winning Costume Designer Rachel McKay, expert Lighting Designer Ryann Norris, Props Designer Cynthia Mandese, and Sound Designer Noe Martinez-Aguilar.
The show runs for one weekend only at The Cary Theatre in downtown Cary, February 1-3. The two Saturday performances will include talk back sessions immediately following the show in which audience members can ask questions of the cast and crew.
The show is being produced in partnership with Ince’s newly developed company, N.Y.I Productions, which includes artistic partners QHFILMS, Cammel’s Photography and Bella Squad.
Friday, Feb 1, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 2, 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 3, 3:00 p.m.
All performances will take place at The Cary Theatre, 122 E. Chatham Street, Cary, NC.
Tickets: All tickets are $15. Tickets are available through Etix by ordering online at caryplayers.org (service charges apply on online orders). Tickets may also be purchased (without service charges) at these box office locations:
The Cary Theatre – 122 E. Chatham Street
Tuesdays through Fridays: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Avenue
Mondays: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
One hour prior to show time on performance dates
Founded in 2001, Cary Players is a non-profit community theatre company with a mission to showcase and enhance the theatrical talents of its community members. Volunteer opportunities are always available for those wishing to get involved. Auditions are open to everyone. Visit www.caryplayers.org for details, and follow Cary Players on Facebook.