Kevin Ray Johnson's The Unpredictable Times, which has had numerous readings and workshops over the past decade, will make its regional premiere June 18–27 at Rise Above Performing Arts Summer Professional Theatre in Sarasota, Florida.
Co-directed by Johnson and Artistic Director Jacob Ruscoe, the production will feature Jonah McKinley as Brandon, Isabella Yoder as Nicole, Todd Bellamy II as Jake, Leah Henry as Samantha, Owen DeMaio as Carl, and Caroline Russell as the voice of Carl's mom with understudies Bridget Carly Marsh, Judah Immanuel, Ava Pickens, and Zach Thompson.
Rachael Henry Johnson is the production stage manager with Evie Cantalamessa as assistant director and Kayla Cinelli as assistant stage manager.
In the coming-of-age drama, five friends reunite in their hometown of Champlin, Minnesota, after graduating college. They attempt to deal with unresolved issues that will challenge their lifelong friendships.
"This has been a long time coming. Well over 15 years in the making, and I cannot think of a better company for The Unpredictable Times to premiere than at Rise Above Performing Arts!," says playwright Johnson.
Johnson, who was seen in the Metropolitan Opera production of Porgy and Bess, is also the playwright of A (Funny) Imagination!—An Unauthorized Doug Cartoon Parody and Birdie and Tim.
(Updated March 5, 2021)