“Wake Up To Life: Out of the Ashes” Playwrights

Adetokunbo Knowles Borishade, Ph.D.

Adetokunbo Knowles Borishade, Ph.D. is an emerging local producer, playwright, and screenwriter. She is a semi-retired professor who uses her scholarship and expertise in Africana Studies to continue teaching knowledge of African history and culture in the field of performing arts rather than limiting it to academics. Since her retirement in 2013, Dr. Borishade has written five stage plays of which four have been produced. Upon request from a film producer, she is translating her last stage play into a screenplay.

  • “Created in God’s Image”; (2015) Garden Valley Neighborhood House Theater
  •  “Ancient African Prophecy of Imhotep”; (2018) Bristol Manor Conference & Event Center
  • “Prophecy of Imhotep”-The Skit; (2019) Pattison Park
  • “The Ancient Prophecy and the Maafa” (The Stageplay); (2019)
  • “To Be or Not to Be African”; (2019) Wake Up and Live with the Arts
  • “The Ancient Prophecy and the Maafa” (The Screenplay); (2021)

Dr. Borishade is a member of several Performing Arts professional organizations: The Dramatists Guild; Playwrights Local; and NEohioPAL. 

Dr. Borishade holds three degrees and one certificate: Post-doctoral certificate in Latin American Studies-University of Southern Florida;  Ph.D. in Africana Studies-Temple University;  M.A. in Rhetorical Communications-Ohio State University; and B.A. in Communications-Wilberforce University.

Evonne Fields-Gould

Evonne Fields-Gould received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Cuyahoga Community College in August of 1980. She studied history and English at Kent State University from 2009 to 2016. Fields-Gould became a writer, co/writer and a featured voice performer in various audio drama productions, including Space Traveler Jim, From 1997 to 2001, for Little Beth Audio Group. The audio plays wer aired on WJCU, John Carroll University.  

In 2016, Fields-Gould completed writing her first stage play, Life, Love and Boobs, which was performed at the Fade to Black Play Festival in Houston, Texas, in June 2017.  She is currently submitting plays to theatres for production and to publishing houses for publication. Ms. Fields-Gould’s monologue, entitled, Can There be Justice for TJ?, was performed at the 2018 Seneca Falls Dialogue conference and is published for academic study in the Seneca Falls Dialogue Journal in 2019. In August 2019 Evonne was honored to have her short stage play, For the Love of April, published by the distinguished London, U.K. publishing house, Lazy Bee Scripts.In 2018 Fields-Gould published her first novel, A Bond of Love.  

Peter Anthony Fields

As a young man in his twenties, Fields made several independent films during the early and mid-1990s.  In the late 90s, he stepped away from filmmaking and focused his attention on improving his skills as a storyteller, specifically as a writer.  With his brother, Cornelius, sister, Elizabeth, mother, Evonne, and friends, Fields wrote and performed in dozens of radio plays which were aired on WJCU, John Carroll University. In 2003, as a director, editor and co-writer, Fields shepherded fourteen short and feature-length, independent films.  His film work awards include a Telly® Award and a Communicator® Award. 

Fields’ work as a filmmaker ended when Fields was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease in 2015.  “I knew something was changing in me a few years before, which was making it harder for me to work as a producer, director and editor, and handle all of the physical and cognitive stress that that kind of work brings, but I thought it was just age.”

Despite this life challenge, Fields knew that he must keep telling stories.  So, he turned his attention and skills to live theatre.  He was determined that he would learn the language of the stage and become a playwright, which he says is, “much easier on me—physically and cognitively.  I can continue to tell stories and do not have the stress that came with filmmaking.”

Fields has written seven stage plays which have been read or performed at festivals in Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and London, U.K.  His play, “About Michael,” was awarded the second place Audience Appreciation Award at the Sky Blue Theatre Company’s British Theatre Challenge: Act II.  In 2018, Fields achieved another long time goal and published his first novel for middle school readers, entitled, A Faraway Place.

Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris is a native Clevelander who started singing and traveling through the United States and Europe as a member of the famed Singing Angels Performing Chorus. Rebecca was a featured actress in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s “My City, My Paper” campaign. She has appeared on the cover of Cleveland Public Power’s annual report and on the cover of the Karamu House Theater Aspirations financial report and the vision poster. Rebecca has performed as a featured singer for the Football Hall of Fame Gold Coats inductee ceremony, with Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and with Professional Flairs with Ben Vereen and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.  Morris is an award-winning theater actress with credits for: Sassy Mamas; Repairing a Nation; Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grilll in the role of Billie Holiday; Caroline or Change; Raisin, the Musical; Spirit North; Simply Heavenly; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Blues for an Alabama Sky; Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; and Little Shop of Horrors.

Rebecca’s film credits include, The Antwone Fisher Story and Native Sun. Rebecca has directed Legally Blonde, Jr, the Musical and The Wisdom of God, an inspirational drama. 

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