About The Cast

SHARLENE ROSS (Hattie) was last seen at Horizon as Dian Black in Escape from Happiness. Last season, she portrayed the Judge in the Spanish play The Art of Swindling at the Alliance. She also originated the role of Sophie in Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West at the Alliance and continued in the same role at the Indiana Repertory, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre and the Long Wharf Theatre. Ms. Ross has appeared opposite Andrea Frye in Jomandi Productions' Sisters. In addition, Sharlene is a critically acclaimed costume designer. Her designs include Talking Bones for Horizon, She'll Find Her Way Home and Jar the Floor for Jomandi, The Ties That Bind at the Alliance, From the Mississippi Delta for Portland Center Stage in Oregon and most recently Times with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta at 7 Stages.

ANDREA FRYE (Lucille) is pleased to return to Horizon after directing Shakin' the Mess Otta Misery. She recently played the role of Louise in Seven Guitars at the Alliance Theatre where she has also been in Light Up the Sky and Threepenny Opera. At Jomandi Productions, Andrea has appeared in Sisters, Do Lord Remember Me and She'll Find Her Way Home. Outside of Atlanta, she has worked Off-Broadway (Sisters) and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Flyin' West.) Her directing credits include The Ties That Bind at the Alliance and For Colored Girls... at Jomandi with numerous productions throughout the country including 7 Stages, Freedom Theatre, the Springer Opera House and PCPA Theatrefest. Andrea received her education and training at Spelman College, Brooklyn College, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Film Institute (Fellow).

NEVAINA (Nih-von-yah) GRAVES (Aleta) is blessed to be making her return to main stage after touring with the Academy Theatre tour team for youth. Atlanta has been good to her since she moved here four years ago; she's worked with the oldest and largest theatre companies here. Nevaina is also a talented choreographer and writer who is currently shopping an animated feature film. She attributes her talents and opportunities to God from whom all blessings flow.

DEBORAH DUKE (Miss Mary) feels pleased to be working with Horizon Theatre. She is a native of Atlanta and has worked for many years on stage, television and radio. She was last seen on stage in The Invisible Man as Mrs. Hall, on Savannah as Det. Diedre Houston and as Lethe in NightJohn for Disney. She is an acting coach for children and adults in the Atlanta area. Deborah thanks God for the blessing to work with such a wonderful cast. Stay in the light!

ALEX JOHNSON III (The Men) was last seen in the Alliance Theatre's production of The Ties That Bind and in Blue Monk with 7 Stages. Other credits include, Iago in Othello, Toledo in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Theo in Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. Touring shows include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don't Abuse the Children and She'll Find Her Way Home. Television credits include In the Heat of the Night. Alex holds a B.A. in theatre from Troy State University and a M.F.A. in acting from the University of Tennessee. He is pleased to be working with Horizon for the first time.

TRA'REAE HALE (The Mother) is pleased to be sharing the role of The Mother in The Screened-In Porch. She is from Detroit, Michigan and is a senior at Clark Atlanta University majoring in Theatre Arts where she is a member of the Clark Atlanta University Players. She would like to thank God, Ms. Carol Mitchell-Leon and Horizon Theatre for this opportunity to perform her first professional acting job.

SHERLONDA HOARD (The Mother) is a Psychology major at Clark Atlanta University where she is a member of the CAU Players. She has performed in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Flyin' West (Sophie) and Happy Endings (Ellie).