Carefully Taught
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

World Premiere

Carefully Taught

By Cheryl L. Davis
2014 AUDELCO Award winner for Playwriting for Maid’s Door

November 5-21, 2015


Carefully Taught is a modern-day drama that centers on the friendship of two schoolteachers–one black and one white. Their bond is shaken when one loses her job, and questions of loyalty and unspoken prejudice rise to the surface. This provocative tale challenges us to examine our perceptions of race in contemporary culture.


…ambitious, laudable and stirring” — The New York Times

…must-see drama that will at once touch your heart and also give you enormous strength.” — The Brooklyn Reader


Cheryl L. Davis’s Carefully Taught has been workshopped and had readings at Stamford Center for the Arts, Premiere Stages, New Professional Theatre, the Six Figures “Artists of Tomorrow” festival, and The Lark. In light of recent current events, Davis was prompted to look at the play with fresh eyes. Astoria Performing Arts Center presented a reading of the play at the Queens Council on the Arts as part of our Midwinter Reading Series during the 2014-15 season. It will now receive its world premiere at APAC in the fall of 2015.



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Latoya Edwards Alice/Charlotte

Latoya Edwards

Sheila Joon* Claire/Valerie

Sheila Joon*

Esther Chen Cie/Cindy

Esther Chen

Bristol Pomeroy Michael/Representative/Reverend

Bristol Pomeroy



November 14th following the 2:00pm Matinee

Talkback with members of the cast and director Pat Golden.

November 21st following the 2:00pm Matinee

Talkback with playwright Cheryl L. Davis and guest Shaun Reid, Esq.

About Shaun Reid:

SCR-profile-2015-150x150Shaun C. Reid represents small business and non-profit clients throughout  New  York and New Jersey on all aspects of employment law, business immigration, and traditional labor, and provides human resources counseling.  His practice includes employment discrimination litigation, unfair labor practice litigation, and other general workplace guidelines.  He also represents individual clients in immigration matters and race and sexual harassment cases.

Mr. Reid earned a BS from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his JD from Fordham University.  He is admitted to the Bars of NY and NJ, the Federal Courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY, and is a member of the NYC Bar Association (member, Judiciary Screening Committee), The Brooklyn Bar Association (member, Labor & Employment Law Committee), The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA/NY), the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (member, Labor & Employment Committee), and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (member, Legal Committee).

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