T A S E R E D , T H E S T A G E P L A Y
The Philip Oliver Coleman Story Media Kit
WHAT IS TASERED?
“16 times he cried for mercy, 16 times he was paralyzed with pain.”
Travel through the mind of Philip Oliver Coleman, a brilliant young man whose life was shattered by a mental breakdown, giving audiences a glimpse of how quickly a beautiful mind can deteriorate. Based on a true story, this theatrical stage play will captivate viewers at curtain call, as they witness the final days of Philip Oliver Coleman’s life and his personal fight to piece together his fractured psyche. This powerful and provocative performance will ignite the much-needed awareness in our communities about the importance of mental health, as well as serve as a small piece of healing for hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to police brutality. This is the story of Philip Oliver Coleman, another African-American man who needed help but instead was let down by the very system that pledges to protect and serve. “Nowadays, it seems the blue comes before the black and the badge before the bond.”
WHO IS BEHIND TASERED THE STAGE PLAY?
This theatrical stage play is produced by Sta’ Phocused Productions and is
Directed by Antonio Polk, Produced by Lathea Smyles, Executively Produced by Jacquie Coleman and written by James T. Alfred, and starring Byron Glenn Willis as Philip Oliver Coleman.
WHY IS TASERED IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES?
Every year, about 42.5 million American adults suffer from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. African-Americans often experience more severe forms of mental health conditions due to unmet needs and other barriers. African-Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Tasered is an extraordinary production that aims to spread mental health awareness among African-American communities.
WHEN & WHERE
Saturday, June 23rd at 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 24th at 4:00 PM at The Beverly Arts Center located at
2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655
MEET THE CAST & CREW
Byron Glenn Willis serves as the Principal Actor and star of “Tasered: The Philip Oliver Coleman Story.” Willis has an extensive theater background and has recently starred in “Rent” (Barn Theatre), “Smokey Joes Café” (The Little Theatre on The Square). Other credits include “Alabama Story,” “The Full Monty” (Peninsula Players Theatre) and “Little Shop of Horrors” (Tantrum Theatre).
Antonio Polk graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he pursued a Major in Engineering and a Minor in Theater. It wasn’t long before Polk discovered Theater was his true calling. In 1993, Polk got his Silver Screen Debut In “Rookie of The Year”, where he played the third basemen for The Chicago Cubs. He later appeared in “Miracle On 34th Street”. Other film credits include: “Losing Isaiah”, “The Stir Of Echoes”, “Barbershop 2”, “Chicago Md”, “Empire” And “Chicago Pd”. He also appeared in countless productions at The Chicago Lyric Opera House including “The Great Gatsby” And “Sweeney Todd.” Recently, Polk wrote, produced and starred in the short film “Detained.”
Lathea Smyles is one of the leading executive producers in the Midwest for live entertainment and broadcast productions. As President and Chief Creative Officer of Sta’Phocused Productions, Smyles has projects that span major venues and broadcast programming throughout the nation. Her extensive list of broadcast credits includes many Emmy-caliber features such as “Political Profile,” “Today’s Healthy Woman,” “The Lead Report,” “Voices, Racial Profiling,” “Cable in The Classroom,” “Battered Women,” “Terror in The Classroom,” “Asset Forfeiture 101,” and “Community Connection.” Smyles long list of satisfied corporate clients is highly impressive and reflects her dedication to her craft. Those clients include McDonald’s, Toyota, Chicago Urban League, State of Illinois, Essence Awards, Chicago Police Department, Federal Express, Illinois Parks and Recreation and Cook County Assessor’s Office.
CREATIVE CONSULTANT/ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:
Jacquie Coleman resides in Chicago and has spent the last several years working on theatrical productions as well as independent short films. Her most recent stage productions were “Defamation,” which was directed and produced by Todd Logan. Some of her noteworthy stage credits include “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Stories of the Mule Train,” “The Cycle,” “The Temple.” Coleman is now serving as the Executive Producer and Creative Consultant for “Tasered: The Philip Oliver Coleman Story,” which holds a special place in her heart because Philip Oliver Coleman was her brother.
VIP Tickets $37.50
Tickets include seating within the first 5 rows of the stage (A-E of the Beverly Arts Center seating chart) Plus entry to an exclusive VIP networking event with the cast and crew, invited celebrities, open bar (excluding premium cocktails) and light fare hors-d’oeuvres.
General Admission $25.50
Open seating applies to all tickets in this category. Seats are within rows F-M of the main floor and the balcony. Early arrival is suggested for best seating options. Upgrade to VIP for reserved seating.
Early Bird $20.00
Open seating for this ticket type. Early arrival is highly suggested for best seating options.
For all media inquiries please reach out to David Woods via email at DaveyWoods23@gmail.com