Lyons Pride

Directed by Kyle Haden

Lead Sponsors: Dr. Bill and Nancy Grove, Elaine and Dick Sweet

Producing Sponsors: Karen and Steve Telian-Tyler

Partners: Jeanette Larson and Joan Marks


The Lyons household struggling to stay afloat doesn’t find itself lacking in pride. A family play, about living, love, identity and overcoming life challenges the Lyons take you on a journey of what it means not only to be Jamaican and proud but the similarities we have in our families as immigrants in America.


Far Rockaway, Queens NY. September 2003 – June 2004


Role Actor
Ivory Lyons Kaci Hamilton
Egypt Lyons Omolade Wey*
Queen Lyons Samantha Miller
King Lyons Alex Michell
Richard Lyons Shayne C. Powell*
Marquis McDonald Antonio Jeffries
Stage Directions Tim Turner

*Appearing through an Agreement between ANPF and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Runtime: Runtime will be announced during the development week

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Bleu Beckford-Burrell is a first-generation Jamaican-American actor/playwright. Born and raised in New York City, she works for non-profit organizations where she teaches acting to teens, directs plays, and leads playwright workshops for adults. She is in process of completing her pentalogy, The End of the Line Anthology. Some of her plays include: La Race (Page 73 Productions & The Working Theater, 2022), Tr@kGrls (EST One-Act Marathon, 2022), A Little Bit of Tea with That (Keen Teen Company, 2022/Concord publishing 2023), Crasiss (South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival). She is a Macdowell Fellow (2022), Page73 Fellow (2021), The Playwrights Realm Fellow (2018), New Harmony Project (2023), DGF (2022, Finalist), PWC New Voices Fellowship (2018, Finalist), NYTW/2050 Fellowship (2019, Finalist) as well as an I73 playwright (2020), Colt Coeur resident (2021), PWC Core Writer (2020, Finalist), WP Lab (2020, Finalist), Working Farm (2019, Semi-Finalist), et cet. She received the 2020 Playwrights Horizons, Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman Commission for Emerging Playwrights, 2021 South Coast Repertory, Elizabeth George Emerging Writer Commission and 2022 Keen Company, Keen Teens Commission. M.F.A. – Rutgers University.

Click here to read Bleu Beckford Burrell’s Lyon’s Pride Playwright Profile.

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Kyle Haden was ANPF’s artistic director for six years where he directed readings of Primary User; I Can Go; Hazardous Materials; and The Luckiest People for ANPF, as well as performing in readings of Go. Please. Go.; Edward III; and Now This. He was named a 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow and has directed various productions across the country, including the award-winning world premiere of Hazardous Materials (Creede Repertory Theatre); A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre Company); Hamlet and The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival); and The Tens (Actors Theatre of Louisville). As an actor, Kyle has performed at regional theatres including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Arizona Theater Company, City Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Cleveland Play House, as well as various theatres in New York and Chicago. Kyle is also a senior coordinating producer with Black Lives, Black Words International Project and the interim senior associate head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is an assistant professor of acting.

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