Directed by Timothy Douglas

May 7 – May 31, 2015

Anacostia Playhouse


This is Dontrell. Young, smart, talented, motivated. He has his whole life ahead of him, but there’s one small catch. Dontrell is on a quest to swim out into the Atlantic to discover his family’s past before he can move forward and begin the next phase of his life. With the help of Erika, a young lifeguard, Dontrell will begin his journey.



Playwright |  Nathan Alan Davis

Director | Timothy Douglas+

Assistant Director | Samip Raval

Choreographer | Dane Figueroa Edidi

Scenic Design | Tony Cisek#

Costume Design | Kendra Rai#

Assistant Costume Designer | Sara Jane Palmer

Lighting Design | Dan Covey#

Projections Designer | Michael Redman

Sound Design | Matthew M. Neilson#

Properties Designer | Debra Crerie

Associate Props Designer/Set Dressing | Kay Rzasa


Stage Manager | Keta Newborn

Assistant Stage Manager |

Scenic Artist | Brain Gillick

Master Electrician | Jeanie McAlpine


Dontrell Jones III | Justin Weaks

Erika | Katie Ryan

Dad (Dontrell Jones Jr) | Frank Britton

Mom (Sophia Jones) | Danielle C. Hutchinson

Danielle Jones | Sharisse Taylor

Shea Jones | Katherine Renee Turner *

Robby | Louis E. Davis

Musician | Jabari Exum

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
+ Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
# Member of United Scenic Artists

nathanNATHAN ALAN DAVIS’ play Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea receives a 2015 NNPN Rolling World Premiere with productions at Skylight Theatre (Los Angeles), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Theater Alliance (DC), Cleveland Public Theatre and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Other plays include The Art of Bowing (IU Bloomington At First Sight Festival, 2014 L. Arnold Weissberger Award nomination) and The Wind and the Breeze (Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Lorraine Hansberry Award winner). His plays have also been produced, presented or developed at Baltimore Center Stage, Chicago Dramatists, San Diego Rep. and Source Festival (DC). Nathan is currently a fellow Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at Juilliard. Other honors include: Jerome Fellowship finalist, Heideman Award finalist and Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2014 and holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



TIMOTHY DOUGLAS … returns to Theater Alliance with this production of DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, where he previously directed INSURRECTION: Holding History at Theater Alliance (2 Helen Hayes nominations). Other DC area credits include KING HEDLEY II for Arena Stage, TWO TRAINS RUNNING (2 Helen Hayes nominations), The TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, PERMANENT COLLECTION and A LESSON BEFORE DYING at Roundhouse, the world premiere of The LAST ORBIT OF BILLY MARS at Woolly Mammoth, MARCUS at Studio Theatre, and his Caribbean-inspired MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Folger. Recent credits include the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s The LAKE EFFECT for Silk Road Rising (Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work), off-Broadway’s BRONTE: A Portrait Of Charlotte, and the world premiere of August Wilson’s RADIO GOLF for Yale Repertory Theatre. He is currently an Associate Artist at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has directed CLYBOURNE PARK, The NORTH POOL and the world premiere of SAFE HOUSE and BUZZER, and served as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville where he directed ten productions including three Humana Festival premieres. Timothy has directed over 100 projects for, ACT, Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Playmakers Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Downstage (NZ), National Theatret (Norway), Milwaukee Rep and many others. He is also a Linklater voice instructor and has served on the faculties of ACT, USC. North Carolina School of the Arts, New Zealand Drama School and Emerson College, and holds an MFA in acting from Yale.


Rolling World Premieres

NNPN’s flagship initiative, the Continued Life of New Plays Fund (CLNPF), supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period. The result is an NNPN Rolling World Premiere, in which a playwright develops a new work with multiple creative teams in at least three different communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production.

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea

by Nathan Alan Davis

Skylight Theatre Company
Los Angeles, CA

Cleveland Public Theatre
Cleveland, OR

Theater Alliance
Washington, DC

Phoenix Theatre
Indianapolis, IN

Oregon Contemporary Theatre
Eugene, OR


DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA Artfully Balances Poetry and Practicality
by Pamela Roberts | Broadway World

Provocative Play Takes Center Stage in Southeast D.C.
by Michael Sainte-Andress | Washington Informer

Buoyant ‘Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea’: Heavy themes, light touch
Nelson Pressley | Washington Post

‘Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea’ at Theater Alliance
by John Stoltenberg | DC Theater Arts


Another Chance for Audiances to See a Promising Play
by Geoffrey Himes | Washington Post