Graveyard Shift

By Korde Arrington Tuttle, Directed by Dayna Taymor

A WORLD PREMIERE: February 7 - March 8, 2020 in the Owen Theatre

“Our new life starts tomorrow.” –Kane; Scene VI

When she receives the opportunity of a lifetime, Janelle relocates to Texas and moves in with her partner, Kane. Meanwhile, a small-town police officer’s life is thrown into flux when the coworker he's romantically involved with decides to leave town. When their worlds collide, Janelle experiences firsthand how dangerous power can be. Loosely inspired by the legacy of Sandra Bland, Graveyard Shift is an unflinching but open-hearted look at how we navigate a world full of fear.  

Graveyard Shift was developed in the Goodman’s 2018 New Stages Festival

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Graveyard Shift

  • Korde Arrington Tuttle, Playwright
    Korde Arrington Tuttle, Playwright

    Korde Arrington Tuttle (Playwright) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. He is currently writing for Them: Covenant (Amazon) and recently wrapped writing for Mix Tape (Netflix). His plays have been developed and seen at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Tuttle is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was published in their successive anthology. Tuttle is a current playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center Theater and is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. He received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School.

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  • Dayna Taymor, Director
    Dayna Taymor, Director

    Danya Taymor (Director) is a New York based director and translator. Her production of Antoinette Nwandu's Pass Over (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) was filmed by Spike Lee and premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Other recent work includes Jeremy O. Harris’ Daddy (Vineyard Theatre, The New Group), Danai Gurira’s Familiar (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over (LCT3), Martyna Majok's queens (LCT3), Justin Kuritzkes’ The Sensuality Party (The New Group), Nathan Yungerberg's Esai's Table (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Brian Watkins’ Wyoming (Lesser America) and My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer, Sarah Gancher’s The Place We Built and LEGOM's I Hate Fucking Mexicans (The Flea Theatre). An alumna of the Women’s Project Lab, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Van Lier Fellowship and the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, an artist in residence at TFANA, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Associate Artist at The Flea. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.

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    Aneisa Hicks (Janelle) and Al’Jaleel McGhee (Kane) in the developmental production of Korde Arrington Tuttle’s Graveyard Shift, as part Goodman Theatre’s 2018 New Stages Festival. (September 23 - October 7, 2018)

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    Meighan Gerachis (Elise) and Japhet Balaban (Brian) in the developmental production of Korde Arrington Tuttle’s Graveyard Shift, as part Goodman Theatre’s 2018 New Stages Festival. (September 23 - October 7, 2018)

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