Chicken & Biscuits

By Douglas Lyons

September 28th – October 30th, 2022

Single tickets on sale now!

Directed by Cycerli Ash-Barlocker

Assistant Directed by: Charles Grant

Run Time: 1hr 50min, with a 15 minute intermission.

Doors Open: One hour before the performance starts. 

Previews: September 28th, 29th & 30th. 

Opening: October 1st

BIPOC Nights: Wed October 5th, 7.30pm, Sun October 16th, 2pm, Fri October 21st, 7.30pm

ASL Night: October 20th, 2022

Content Warning: Underage teen using a weed pen, Open casket, Adult language and situations; cigarette smoke.

Age Guidance: This play may not be appropriate for those 13 and under. However, we ask that parents and guardians use their own best judgement when deciding if this play is suitable for their child. 

Covid Policies: Portland Playhouse still requires masks at all events. However, we no longer require proof of vaccination, and have removed all testing requirements for audiences.  Learn more about our current COVID-19 safety practices & policies here.


Coming to Portland Playhouse from Broadway, A family comedy that’ll leave you begging for seconds…

Join Baneatta and Beverly as they gather to celebrate the life of Daddy. Baneatta’s praying for a peaceful reunion, despite all the spice her family brings. But, in the middle of all the chaos, a family secret walks in and the pot boils over.  

Meet The Family

Baneatta: Just wants to bury Daddy right…

Reginald: Baneatta’s husband, who’s trying to keep the peace & write the eulogy…

Simone: Baneatta & Reginald’s daughter, and Baneatta’s favorite (that’s not the secret)…

Kenny: Baneatta & Reginald’s son. He’s fabulous and knows it…

Logan: Kenny’s very white, very Jewish Boyfriend…

Beverly: Baneatta’s sister, showing up to church ready to show just what God has blessed her with…

La’Trice: Beverly’s daughter, who just can’t help but stir the pot…

And… a family secret that’s been cooking for SO. MANY. YEARS.

BIPOC Performances

This season, we are continuing to dedicate performances in every production to patrons who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC). On these evenings, we invite people who identify as such to come to the Playhouse and be in a space that centers the experience of a person from the Global Majority (80% of the world population is BIPOC) in our theatre which, like much of American theatre, has been mostly occupied by white people. These performances are also open to multi-racial family members and partners, including those who are white. Tickets for these performances are Pay-What-You-Wish starting at $5.

Whilst everyone is welcome to attend performances at Portland Playhouse, we kindly ask our non-BIPOC audience to consider picking a performance not marked as a BIPOC performance. 


Valerie Yvette Peterson: Baneatta Mabry

Donterrius Ruff: Reginald Mabry

Chidube Egbo: Kenny Mabry

Austin Comfort*:Logan Leibowitz

Brittney Caldwell*: Beverly Jenkins

Ashlee Radney^: La'Trice Franklin

Treasure Lunan*: Simone Mabry

Tamera Lyn*^:Brianna Jenkins




Falynn Burton: Baneatta Mabry & Brianna Jenkins

Eric Island: Reginald Mabry & Kenny Mabry

Jasmyn Tilford^: Simone Mabry & La'Trice Franklin

Ashlee Radney^: Beverly Jenkins



Tim Ribner: Piano

Marissa Hall: Substitute Piano


Creative Team

Playwright: Douglas Lyons

Director: Cycerli Ash-Barlocker

Assistant Director: Charles Grant

Scenic Designer: Carl B. Hamilton

Costume Designer: Wanda Walden

Lighting Designer: Allison Knight-Blaine

Sound Designer: Matthew Gailey 

Properties Designer & Asst Costume Designer:Maia Denzler^

Stage Manager: Cassie Greer

Cultural Competency Consultant: Keela Johnson

Asst Stage Manager: Alea Tran

Appears as courtesy of Actor's Equity

Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

Former Portland Playhouse Apprentice Company Member

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