Established in 2005 as Act Trinity Performing Arts Company, the company embarked upon a journey to use the arts to affect change in the world...
2007-2008 Production Season
In the fall of 2007, Act Trinity produced its first full-length play entitled "Walking Again". The production featured the story of a young woman who developed Multiple Sclerosis. The company collaborated with the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in efforts to inform the community on the challenges and need of support in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. A question and answer session was held after the play in which audience members were able to ask questions and learn information from members of the National MS Society as well as speak with persons living with Multiple Sclerosis.
During the month of November 2007, Act Trinity also produced two short one-acts entitled 'What About Us" and "My Brother David". These projects supported CAARE, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on the fight against HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. The productions were presented at the Durham County (NC) Annual Health Fair mission to promote Project Access, which aimed to obtain low-cost health insurance for underprivileged families.
2008-2009 Production Season
During the summer of 2008, Act Trinity collaborated with The Center for Healing and Health, Inc. based in Durham, North Carolina to produce the show "Diagnosed". "Diagnosed" explored the issues of prostate cancer among African American men and the dangers of not being tested for such diseases. Presented at the Annual Cancer Day Health Fair in June 2008, "Diagnosed" opened the event and led into the medical discussion that was open to the community. Members of surrounding counties traveled to the event in order to gain knowledge in the area of prostate cancer and to learn how to establish teams/programs to promote testing.
Act Trinity also volunteered with the ME POWER Summer Camp of the NCEC of Durham, North Carolina to provide performing arts classes for children ages five through twelve. Throughout the eight week program, Act Trinity trained students in acting, playwriting, technical theatre, music, directing, scene design and dance. The children presented two programs throughout the summer that showcased the works developed during the camp.
In October 2008, Act Trinity presented the play "Broken" in conjunction with Nehemiah Christian Center of Durham, North Carolina for a fall dinner theatre production. The piece explored areas of substance abuse, alcoholism and the effects that these conditions have on people and their loved ones. The play featured adults and children which offered the opportunity for community discussion on the issues at hand.
Nehemiah Christian Center collaborated with Act Trinity in February 2009 for an evening of entertainment which included the production of "Unexpected Gifts". The play focused on the development of relationships and the need for human companionship among young adults. A romantic comedy with a twist, "Unexpected Gifts" was presented in lieu of a conference/workshop on relationship development and couples therapy.
2009-2010 Production Season
In August of 2009 Act Trinity obtained Resident Company Status with Roy Arias Studios and Theatres in New York, New York. This expansion allowed the company to present two productions off-Broadway in 2010.
In October 2009, Act Trinity revived "Broken" which opened at the PSI Theatre of the Durham Arts Council in Durham, North Carolina. The piece featured a blend of college students, teenagers, professional actors, and community actors and served as the season opener for the NC production Schedule of 2009-10.
For World AIDS, Tuesday, December 1, 2009, Act Trinity presented the full-scale version of "My Brother David" in support of CAARE, Inc. of Durham, North Carolina. The piece is an exploration of sex, HIV/AIDS and STI's in the teenage world. Information, counseling services, and confidential HIV Quick tests were provided on sight.
During the month of February 2010, the company presented "Chocolate Vanilla". The production was an exploration of the racial tension between African American males and females from times of slavery to the 21st century. It was in support of Hope For Hair, Inc., a non-profit organization that creates and donates wigs to women and children suffering hair loss from various diseases. Chocolate Vanilla then traveled to New York City
for its off-Broadway debut at the Roy Arias Studios and Theatres in March 2010.
At the end of April 2010, The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society collaborated with Act Trinity for the revival of the production "Walking Again". The piece premiered off-Broadway in June 2010 and returned to Greensboro in October 2010.
2011 Production Season
The 2011 Production Season consisted of a revival of both "Chocolate Vanilla" and "Walking Again". "Chocolate Vanilla" toured in the following cities: Durham, NC; Walnut Cove, NC; Greensboro, NC; Wilmington, NC and a return to off-Broadway in New York, New York. "Walking Again" ran in Durham, North Carolina and raised over $500.00 for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In support of World AIDS Day, Act Trinity presented excerpts from the one-woman show "Last Words to Baby Girl" for the 30: The Fight for Our Lives - A World AIDS Day Commemoration at the Mary Lou Williams Center of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
2012 Production season
In April of 2012, Act Trinity presented the riveting one-woman show, "Self-Portrait of A Sinner" written and performed by Veronique MacRae. Directed by Laura Valentine.
In support of World AIDS Day at the Mary Lou Williams Center of Duke University, Act Trinity presented excerpts from the show “Last words to Babygirl”, written and performed by Veronique LaShell MacRae.
2014 Production Season
The production of “Walking Again” was presented in support of the 2015 Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the Amran Club in Durham, North Carolina. The production featured DC native, David Johnson, Veronique LaShell MacRae, Taquoia Street, and Malcolm Campbell.
Act Trinity made its Capital Fringe Debut with the remix of the production “Self-Portrait of a Sinner” written, directed and performed by Veronique LaShell MacRae.
2015 Production Season
Act Trinity launched its Inaugural “Love Your Community” toy and gift drive in collaboration with Howard University School of Divinity to collect, toys, school supplies, and hygiene products for children and teenagers with Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) of Washington, DC.
Act Trinity made its premiere at the 6th Annual DC Black Theatre Festival with the off-Broadway revival of “Chocolate Vanilla.” It followed up with the world premiere of "The Suicide Journals" at the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. This production received 4 and 1/2 stars, Best Play, Best Ensemble (DC Metro Theatre Arts) and Top Five Shows of the Week (Maryland Theatre Guide) during its premiere.
2016 Production Season
After eleven years, Act Trinity transitioned into V.Lash Productions, in order to support the ongoing expansion of media and film projects initiated by Founder Veronique LaShell MacRae.