West Coast Premiere of “The First Deep Breath” Now Playing at Geffen Playhouse

PHOTO: Jeff Lorch | South Pasadenan News | L-R: Keith A. Wallace, Candace Thomas, and Opa Adeyemo in The First Deep Breath at Geffen Playhouse. Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III.

Pastor Albert Jones and his family are proud leaders of the Mother Bethel Baptist Church and pillars of their community. Plans are being made for a special memorial service to honor their late daughter Diane on the sixth anniversary of her passing. But when Abdul-Malik, the eldest son whom Albert blames for her death, returns home from prison, the family’s veneer begins to crack as shocking revelations come to light. A ferocious new epic written by Lee Edward Colston II, The First Deep Breath chronicles the depths families will go to hide their skeletons from the outside world and each other.

PHOTO: Justin Bettman | South Pasadenan News | L-R: Brandon Mendez Homer, Candace Thomas, Opa Adeyemo, Ella Joyce, Herb Newsome, Deanna Reed-Foster, Lee Edward Colston II, and Keith A. Wallace in The First Deep Breath at Geffen Playhouse.

The cast includes Opa Adeyemo (ALIEN/NATION, Gint) as AJ (Alexander Michael Jones); Lee Edward Colston II as Abdul-Malik (Albert Melvin Jones IV); Brandon Mendez Homer (Uncle Vanya, Wolf Play) as Leslie Carter; Ella Joyce (King Hedley II, Roc) as Ruth Jones; Deanna Reed-Foster (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) as Pearl Thomas; Candace Thomas (Nina Simone: Four Women, Man of La Mancha) as Dee-Dee (Denise Jones); Tony Todd (King Hedley II, Candyman) as Pastor Albert Melvin Jones III; and Keith A. Wallace (The Bitter Game, Junk) as Tyree Fisher.

PHOTO: Jeff Lorch | South Pasadenan News | Opa Adeyemo in The First Deep Breath at Geffen Playhouse.

The First Deep Breath runs through March 5 in the Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse.
10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Tickets currently priced at $30.00 – $129.00. Available by phone at 310.208.2028 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.org
Currently, children under six years of age will not be admitted. Masks are no longer required—but are encouraged—for audiences in our theaters and lobby/courtyard areas for all future productions. Select performances of The First Deep Breath have been designated as “Masks Required” to accommodate patrons who feel more comfortable attending with an audience that is fully masked.

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Rush tickets for each day’s performance are made available to the general public one hour before showtime at the box office. $35.00 General/$15.00 Student.

Through a variety of events and other opportunities, Geffen Playhouse welcomes college students to experience the live storytelling presented on our stages. We are proud of our association with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, and open our doors to all college students throughout Los Angeles. More information is available at www.geffenplayhouse.org/college.