by Cassandra Medley
directed by Victor Lirio

The Beckett Theatre | Theatre Row, NYC (August 2008)

AUDELCO AWARD nominations: 

Best Dramatic Production of the Year, Best Play

Wendy, whose secret birth name is "Zena," is a negro-identified woman who is passing for white. Suddenly, on a "white hot day in August," she crosses paths with her black husband from the past.

"Under Victor Lirio’s lyrical direction, Gin Hammond manages to artfully show Zena’s conflict, and not just her artifice; Obie Award Winner Ron Cephas Jones, using Reuben’s past shame to motor his present determination, gives a performance of fierce honesty ... Deftly layering melodrama over a headier look at the invention of identity, NOON DAY SUN shines brightly." - Aaron Riccio, Time Out New York Critic's Choice

(Featured on NBC's Saturday Morning Show)

"Seductive!"  - New York Times

"Victor Lirio sure-handedly directs this stark material …" - David Finkle, Theatermania

"I see at least 100 shows a year, but rarely do I walk out of the theatre feeling as uplifted as I did after seeing this provocative, beautifully acted play Monday night. It was the rare experience of seeing a production that is first rate in every way. NOON DAY SUN is theatre at its transforming best. Cassandra Medley’s play, under the insightful direction of Victor Lirio, is involving from start to finish. NOON DAY SUN gives human faces and human hearts to the issues of racism and the search for identity." - Retta Blaney, Drama Desk Critic


Ron Cephas Jones, Gin Hammond, Melanie Nicholls-King, Michael McGlone, Penelope Lowder, David Newer

Producing Director: Natasha Marco

Managing Director: Martha Zamirski

Associate Producer: Lindsay Aleshire

Set & Lighting Design: Maruti Evans

Sound Design: Elizabeth Rhodes

Costume Design: Arnulfo Maldonado

Creative Director: David Derr

Technical Director: Vadim Malinsk

Master Electricians: Wavetek Productions

Production Stage Manager: Kathryn Hayzer

Stage Manager: Nick Tochelli

Assistant Stage Manager: Nino Spallacci

Production Assistant: Edwin Noyola

Press Representative: Janet Appel PR

Production Photos: Carlo Damocles