the devils between us

by Sharifa Yasmin

Directed by Maisha Khan

Deep in the boonies of South Carolina; George, a closeted young man, is working to keep his late father’s business up-and-running. Shortly after taking over the family business, George is visited by an old friend…actually, childhood lover. A young Muslim named Latif, has returned as Latifa to take care of her estranged father’s funeral. The rekindling of their past, forces them to confront the devils of their past. George and Latifa discover that in order to overcome their past they will need to rely on each other.

the cast

Connor Cute (he/him) as George Craver

I'm incredibly enthusiastic and grateful for being given an opportunity to perform as George Craver in The Devils Between Us as my debut role!

Mario Jackson (he/him) as Hunter Gabriel

Mario Jackson is a Music and Education graduate from Randolph-Macon College. Mario has a passion for the performing arts and has held various positions from Vocal Director to Ensembles Liaison. He has filled a variety of roles to include Jason in the ancient Greek tragedy MADEA, A Nasty, Interesting Man/Lord of the Underworld in EURYDICE, and multiple characters like George C. Wolfe and Richard Green in FIRES IN THE MIRROR just to name a few.

Sharifa Yasmin (she/her) as Latifa Mubarak

Sharifa Yasmin (she/her) is a trans Egyptian-American director and playwright. She has completed fellowships with The Drama League, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, Geva Theatre, Pure Theatre, Hypokrit Theatre and is a 2020 Eugene O’Neill national directing fellow. Directing credits include The War Boys by Naomi Wallace, 3:59AM by Marco Ramirez, In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange, Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist by Carolyn Gage, and Mosque4Mosque by Omer Abbas Salem. She has assisted directors including Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Steve H. Broadnax III, Saheem Ali, Leslie Ishii, Mark Brokaw, Arpita Mukherjee, and Meredith Mcdonough. Yasmin graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and starting Fall 2021 will be a Brown/Trinity MFA Directing Candidate. As a playwright, her work reflects the intersection of queerness and Arab-American identity. www.sharifayasmin.com

Jean Wentz (she/her) as Barb Craver

Jean’s most recent stage work (or Zoom work!) was this same play for the Women’s Theatre Festival’s Occupy the Stage 2020. She is honored to be able to be Barb again in such a genuine, moving, and important story by Sharifa Yasmin. Jean has worked with The Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro NC and the North Carolina Black Repertory in Winston-Salem NC, but spends more time with community theatres around the Winston-Salem area. Some favorite roles are Barb Craver (how could she not be?), Charlotte Hay in “Moon over Buffalo”, Vernadette and Dinah in “The Dixie Swim Club”, Dr. Agnetha Gottmundsdottir in “Frozen” (not THAT Frozen!), Popo in “Clown Bar” and Lizzie in “The Rainmaker”. I’m proud and happy to help support the Trans Theatre Fest as they support these wonderful trans and gender non-conforming playwrights.

the production team

Sharifa Yasmin she/her (Playwright)

Sharifa Yasmin (she/her) is a trans Egyptian-American director and playwright. She has completed fellowships with The Drama League, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Manhattan Theatre Club, Geva Theatre, Pure Theatre, Hypokrit Theatre and is a 2020 Eugene O’Neill national directing fellow. Directing credits include The War Boys by Naomi Wallace, 3:59AM by Marco Ramirez, In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks, For Colored Girls by Ntozake Shange, Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts, Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist by Carolyn Gage, and Mosque4Mosque by Omer Abbas Salem. She has assisted directors including Pirronne Yousefzadeh, Steve H. Broadnax III, Saheem Ali, Leslie Ishii, Mark Brokaw, Arpita Mukherjee, and Meredith Mcdonough. Yasmin graduated cum laude from Winthrop University with a B.A. in theatre performance and starting Fall 2021 will be a Brown/Trinity MFA Directing Candidate. As a playwright, her work reflects the intersection of queerness and Arab-American identity. www.sharifayasmin.com

Maisha Khan she/her (Director)

Maisha Khan is an emerging director from Bangladesh and is very excited to be a part of this incredible production! She got her BA in Theatre from Randolph-Macon College in 2020 and has directed for Women's Theatre Festival's Occupy the Stage.

Ana Muñoz they/them/she/her
(Stage Manager)

Ana Muñoz (they/she) is a stage manager and recent graduate of the University of Montevallo. Highlighted SM credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Carrie: The Musical, Urinetown, The Weir (ASM), Hairspray (ASM), and Hair (ASM) at UM; Murder En Plastique for Purple Victory Montevallo; and Home Town Takeover (PA) for HGTV. Thanks to Mars and Emma. anacamillemunoz.wixsite.com/mysite