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brownsville song (b-side for Tray)

Written by Kimber Lee

Directed by Ronn Bobb-Semple



“My name is Tramaine Berry Thompson and I am more than meets the eye…” 

Set in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, brownsville song (b-side for Tray) is a powerful tale of resilience in the face of tragedy and a poignant story for our time.

Moving fluidly between past and present, this bold new play tells the story of Tray, a spirited African-American 18-year-old and his family, who must hold on to hope when Tray’s life is cut short.



Ron Bobb-Semple (Director) again finds pleasure in directing here at Stageworks where his other productions include Superior Donuts, A Raisin in the Sun and The Colored Museum. As an actor, Ron’s credits include five of August Wilson’s Century Cycle of plays: Fences, Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Jitney; Bobb-Semple’s one-man cultural and educational presentation, The Spirit of Marcus Garvey, has been performed in Jamaica, Bermuda, St. Lucia, The Virgin Islands, Barbados, Guyana, Costa Rica, Senegal, Ghana, Berlin, Stockholm, London and throughout the United States.




Eileen B. Lymus-Sanders (Lena) holds her bachelors degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University. She is currently a Featured Singer with Royal Caribbean International. She has also performed  on Carnival Cruise Lines, at Busch Gardens Tampa in Katonga, Universal Studios Orlando in Blues Brothers R&B Revue and in several regional theater productions in and around the Tampa Bay Area over the past 12 years. This is Eileen’s first performance with Stageworks and she is excited about the experience! She is grateful to her family, especially her husband Demetreus, for their continued support and will be returning to the high seas this spring. BON VOYAGE!

Tony J. Collins (Trey) was born in Tampa, Florida and his affinity for arts and entertainment began at an early age. Now, after honing his talents through productions held through various schools, churches and community theater, he is excited for the opportunity to be a part of Stageworks Theater’s “Brownsville Song” as Tramaine “ Tray ” Berry Thompson. Recent credits include stage readings as Sam Cooke in the original script of One Night in Miami with Shimberg Theater and also Commander Osembenga Stewing in Ruined with Bininger Theater. He has also contributed to the stage play The Man Behind the Helmet with Don Thompson Theater. He has an Associate of Science degree in graphic design from Sanford Brown (formerly International Academy of Design & Technology) and trains with The Performer’s Studio Workshop to perfect his acting craft.


Caitlin Greene (Merrell) was most recently in Stageworks’ revival production of Avenue Q as Christmas Eve (TTB nomination). Regional credits include Silence! The Musical (Ardelia Mapp), Soundsational! at Busch Gardens and Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular at Universal Studios Orlando. Other favorite credits include It Shoulda Been You (Jenny), The House of Bernarda Alba (Adela), and Barefoot in the Park (Corie). Caitlin coaches voice and acting at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy Academy.




Kaylee Tupper Miller (Devine) Kaylee is a 6th grade, straight-A student at Bayshore Christian School.  She has been a theater & dance student at South Tampa Center for the Arts since she was 4 years old. She recently starred as “Donkey” in their production of Shrek The Musical, Jr. Kaylee has previously performed in Beauty and the BeastThe Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The NutcrackerThe Wizard of Oz (as “Dorothy”), Honk, Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, Elf, and Godspell.  Kaylee believes she has been challenged by the different parts she has played and is excited for her first professional show. Kaylee would like to thank Georgia Mallory Guy for her teaching & guidance, and recommending her to audition for this role.



DuJuan Cole (Junior, Student) currently studies under Kathy Laughlin CSA, using the Eric Morris process of acting. DuJuan focused on his acting career while attending University of Central Florida where he studied sports and exercise science. He is a veteran of the United States Army where he was a highly skilled Military Intelligence Analyst. DuJuan Cole has recently appeared in short films Shadows of Honor, and Homecoming (Ringling College production). He has appeared in several stage productions such as: The Man Behind the Helmet, Ruined (stage read), and One Night in Miami (stage read). DuJuan grow up playing the sports of football, basketball, soccer, and ran track at a high level; which along with his military background helped him with the physical components of being an actor. His love of reading, and acting class is taking care of the mental.