Exception to the Rule
Written by Dave Harris
Directed by Donvan Holt (’24)
Scenic Design by Baron E. Pugh
Costume Design by Kiara Escalera
Lighting Design by Makenna Harnden (’24)
Sound Design by Anna Drummond
Production Stage Manager: Hannah Marks (’24)
Deck Stage Manager: Mea Sangiacomo
The Department of Theatre is proud to collaborate with The Front Porch Arts Collective and Suffolk University on this production!
Rehearsals begin January 16
Performances: February 21 – 25
Mikayla: Mischa Moxey
Tommy: Jeancarlos Perez
Dayrin: TJ Robinson
Dasani: Jada Saintlouis
Abdul: Diego Cintrón
Erika: Essence Brevard-Alouidor
Production Synopsis by Director Donovan Holt (’24):
Stuck in detention in the worst high school in the city, six Black students try to make it through, fighting, flirting, and teasing. How does our society treat the kids that are considered “low achieving? What does it mean to be a token black kid in a sea of other black kids?
“Harris toys with stereotypes about Blackness in order to turn them inside out, pointing to the history, circumstances and motivations behind ways of thinking and behavior.” – New York Times
“With Exception to the Rule, provocative playwright Dave Harris takes audiences into the broken carceral system that exists within predominantly Black high schools across the nation.” – New York Theatre Guide
Content Advisory: Profanity, subjects of generational trauma, PTSD, mentions of slavery, gun violence/ gang activity, detention to prison pipeline, cannabis.
Atmospheric Advisory: This production will include the use of theatrical water-based haze, loud noises, and flashing lights.