Bianca LaVerne Jones as Camae

Bianca LaVerne Jones’s glorious, mischievous, and deeply sensitive interpretation of Camae. Her work on stage defines the word “protean” – she enters the scene like a lightening bolt (indeed, if memory serves, she enters with one) and immediately electrifies…

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Camae is not what she initially seems, and although it would be a disservice to anyone who has not seen or read this play to give away here what we discover about her, I do not feel it is too much of a spoiler to reveal that what we think is going to turn into an evening of seduction becomes, instead, an evening of revelations, both literal and figurative.

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“The Mountaintop” at City Theatre

The setting of Katori Hall’s play The Mountaintop (currently running at City Theatre) reveals nearly everything we need to know about what is at stake in the action: “Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968” – the evening before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony outside that very room. It is a dark and stormy night; and the cliché of that opening seems a deliberate one, an early indication of the play’s interest in taking its audience on a journey from stereotype and “what we (think we) know” to the unexpected surprises that are revealed when clichés, stereotypes, and everything we (think we) know is subjected to closer inspection.

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Bianca’s Bio

Bianca LaVerne Jones. TV/FILM:  BURNED (BET, Centric), NYC 2-2 (CBS), Men In Love, What Would You Do? (ABC).  WEB SERIES: Hard Times, Shitty Fab Life, 12 STEPS TO RECOVERY.  OFF BROADWAY; Ruby Place Nest on the Ground (Signature), McReele (Roundabout), MacBeth (Classical Theatre of Harlem/ Germany, Lillian Theater (LA)), Trojan Women (Classical Theatre of Harlem, AUDELCO nomination), Virgin of the Vieux Carre (Primary Stages) REGIONAL; Iced Out Shackled and Chained (National Black Theater), Marcus or the Secret of Sweet (Studio Theater, DC), Jacob’s House (Access Theatre), Illmatic (Black River), Iken’s Perversion (two character play with Oscar Winner F. Murray Abraham), A Civil War Christmas (LongWharf, original cast), MacBeth (Lillian Theater with Harry Lennix), ThreePenny Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival, with Jesse L. Martin and Betty Buckley), Breath Boom, Madea/MacBeth/Cindarella (Yale Rep), Blues, Runaways (National Black Theater Festival), Relativity, Othello, King Headley II (St. Louis Black Repertory).  Bianca has been seen in New Black Fest, Harlem 9’s 48 Hour Project, Host of Honoring Excellence in Black Theater: A Night with Woodie King Jr., Hear It Out!, Fire This Time Festival and a host of staged readings in NYC.  She is a new member of the STANDARD Collective Artist Group.

Bianca received her professional actor training from University of North Carolina at the School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory and Yale School of Drama.

2013 National Black Theatre Festival : ICED OUT SHACKLED and CHAINED: STILL LOOKING for the NORTH STAR Features the Incredible Actor, Bianca Laverne Jones

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W CALVIN ANDERSON, M.Ed

Bianca head shotBianca LaVerne Jones is a native of Cary, North Carolina.  She attended Farmington Woods Elementary, Briarcliff Elementary, West Cary Middle, Apex High, Athens Drive High and North Carolina School of the Arts (Diploma).  She went on the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory and Yale School of Drama.

Bianca LaVerne Jones is the daughter of Herman LeVern Jones of Garner, North Carolina.  Herman LeVern Jones is one of the architects of the National Black Theater Festival in 1989 who was special assistant to the producer, the late Larry Leon Hamlin. She has been coined the “National Black Theater Festival baby” as one of the first youth to attend the festival in 1989.  In 1997 she was in BLUES, in 1999 in RUNAWAYS and in 2011 she appeared at the festival as a participant in the film portion of NBTF in her BET and CENTRIC lead role in BURNED.  She returns in 2013…

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