Noms de Guerre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton

Directed by Kaja Dunn

When politics become personal, what price must we pay?

Every time Mira’s husband returns home from war, it’s a difficult transition. But this time, as her race for Governor gets underway, they are both thrust into the spotlight, which illuminates longstanding tensions, shifting allegiances and a new secret that threatens to derail her campaign. As the man she knows disappears into a man forever changed by war, she must decide what price she’s willing to pay to stand by him.


Due to language and content, this play may not be suitable for those under the age of 16.

APR 13


Joan H. Gillings
Center for Dramatic Art
Studio 101

APR 14 APR 15


Joan H. Gillings
Center for Dramatic Art
Studio 101

Cast List

LaKeisha Coffey  Mira Hamilton
April Mae Davis  Sophie Williams
Samuel Ray Gates  Douglas Hamilton
Trevor Johnson  Cooper Belizaire
Shanelle Nicole Leonard  Jude Nolan-Belizaire
Kathryn Hunter-Williams  Leeda Hamilton-Ramsey

Mary Alex Staude  Stage Manager/Stage Directions

About the Playwright

Jacqueline E. Lawton is a PlayMakers’ company member as well as a professor in the Department of Dramatic Art, UNC-Chapel Hill. She was named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. Her plays include Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Intelligence; Love Brothers Serenade (semi-finalist, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference); Mad Breed; Noms de Guerre. She has worked as a dramaturg and research consultant at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Arden Theater, Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ford’s Theatre, Horizons Theater, Interact Theatre, Kennedy Center VSA Program, Round House Theatre, Theater J, Virginia Stage Company and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, was a James A. Michener Fellow from TCG Young Leaders of Color, is affiliated with the National New Play Network (NNPN), Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena, Center Stage’s Playwrights’ Collective and is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.