Center REPertory Company finishes off its 2012/13 OFF CENTER, second stage season with the Bay Area Premier of PILGRIMS MUSA AND SHERI IN THE NEW WORLD

Anyone who has ever looked for love knows the dilemma: Do you make a safe, sensible match? Or take a risk on an exciting someone who might – just might – be the one Great Romance of your life? Musa, an Egyptian immigrant and Sheri, a very quirky Caucasian waitress must negotiate the twists and turns of not only love, but cultural expectations in this charming romantic comedy with a delightful twist.


The intimate Knight Stage 3 Theatre.  Lesher Center for the Arts 1601 Civic Drive in downtown Walnut Creek.

Performances begin Thursday, April 25th at 8:15PM. Press opening is Saturday, April 27th at 8:15 PM. Closes Sunday, May 12th at 2:15PM.



For more information go to or call 925.943.SHOW (7469).  You can also visit the LCA Ticket Office at 1601 Civic Drive or the Ticket Office Outlets at Barnes & Noble in Walnut Creek and the Downtown Walnut Creek Library.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: (Knight Stage 3 Theatre)

THURSDAY – April 25, 8:15PM

FRIDAY – April 26, 8:15PM


SUNDAY – April 28, 2:15PM


THURSDAY – May 2, 8:15PM

FRIDAY – May 3, 8:15PM

SATURDAY – May 4, 8:15PM

SUNDAY – May 5, 2:15PM


THURSDAY – May 9, 8:15PM

FRIDAY – May 10, 8:15PM

SATURDAY – May 11, 8:15PM

SUNDAY – May 12, 2:15PM


Carl Lumbly* (Tayyib) From stage to screen, Carl Lumbly is an actor respected for his steadfast talent, versatility and class. His prolific career includes over 50 credits in television, film and the theatre and extensive critical acclaim.

Lumbly portrayed CIA agent ‘Marcus Dixon,’ the gentle, mild-mannered field partner to agent ‘Sydney Bristow’ (Jennifer Garner) on ABC’s fast-paced drama series, “Alias,” for five seasons.  He most recently had a recurring role on the TNT cop drama, “Southland,” where he played an old-school, no-nonsense LAPD Captain.

For the stage, Lumbly was most recently seen with San Francisco Playhouse for the West Coast Premiere of the raucous comedy, “The Motherf**ker with the Hat,” directed by Bill English.  Carl starred as drug and parole counselor ‘Ralph D.,’ in the role Chris Rock played on Broadway in 2011. Lumbly previously starred in the San Francisco Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” also directed by Bill English. For his remarkable performance, he was honored with a San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Performance by an Actor.  Lumbly was also featured in the 2010 San Francisco Playhouse production of Cormac McCarthy’s “Sunset Limited.” More recently, Lumbly starred in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s (LHT) production of British playwright Joe Penhall’s comedy drama “Blue/Orange” in San Francisco.

Lumbly was born in Minnesota, the son of Jamaican immigrants.  His father was an avid reader, which inspired Lumbly’s early appreciation for literature.  After graduating from Macalester College with a degree in English, he landed a job writing for the Associated Press in Minneapolis.  He also supplemented his income by doing freelance writing assignments for various periodicals and magazines. While on assignment for a story on Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre, Lumbly attended a public audition and was handed an audition card.  “I thought it would be a great perspective from which to write the story,” he says.  After a three-week audition process, the company offered Lumbly a coveted spot in its cast.  He stayed for two years doing improvisational comedy flavored with political satire.

Lumbly moved to San Francisco intending to continue his work as a journalist for Associated Press.  Just two days after arriving in San Francisco, he came across a newspaper ad seeking “two black actors for South African political plays.”  He went to the audition and met the other actor already cast — an unknown Danny Glover.  Lumbly landed the part and toured with Glover in productions of Athol Fugard’s “Sizwe Bansi is Dead” and “The Island.” The plays brought Lumbly to Los Angeles, where he signed with an agent, followed by a move to New York.  He landed his first significant on-screen role in a movie-of-the-week, “Cagney and Lacey,” which turned into the hit series.  Lumbly starred as ‘Detective Mark Petrie’ for the show’s seven-year run.

Lumbly’s extensive feature credits include his role opposite Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in “Men of Honor” and “Everybody’s All-American” with Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid. Other film credits include “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “South Central,” “Pacific Heights,” “To Sleep With Anger,” “The Bedroom Window,” “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai” and “Caveman.”  More recently, he starred as ‘Sam Nujoma’ in “Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation.”

For television, Lumbly starred in the telefilms “Color of Friendship” (directed by Kevin Hooks), “Little Richard,” “On Promised Land,” “The Ditchdigger’s Daughters,” “Nightjohn” and more recently “Sounder,” ABC’s telefilm remake of the 1972 classic. Lumbly also starred as the voice of action hero ‘J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter,’ in the Cartoon Network’s animated series “Justice League.”

Off Center is Center REP’s second stage season of new plays and musicals. Theatre that is not only new, but adventurous, thought-provoking and brazen.  In the intimate 130-seat Knight Stage 3, where you are right on top of the action. With the same excellence and professional standards that you’ve come to expect from Center REP.

Center REPertory Company, the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), will be celebrating its 46th Subscription Season of high-quality theatrical productions during 2012-2013. Center REPertory Company’s mission is to celebrate the power of the human imagination by producing emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theatre and, through our outreach and education programs, to enrich and advance the cultural life of the communities we serve. 

Director’s Matinee. Join Center REP’s Artistic Director, Michael Butler, for an engaging discussion of the afternoon’s performance on October 21st at 2:30 pm.  Michael often enlists the cast as well as some of the show’s designers to add their perspectives to this always-lively dialogue.

Teacher’s Day. Center REP hosts area teachers from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges for a matinee at the theatre! This is a great way to honor teachers. By enjoying the performance and then participating in the Director’s Post-Show discussion, teachers are provided tools to broaden their students’ understanding of live theatre. Call 925-295-1420 and press 1 for more information or to take advantage of this discount.


* Member of Actors Equity Association

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