Director • Translator • Playwright     

Rob Melrose

"There's a lot to admire in director Rob Melrose's strong production, from Liliana Duque Pineiro's handsome wood-plank set to Melrose's sharp lighting design."

-Chad Jones

The Oakland Tribune

Photos by Rob Melrose

"Like a Dizzy Gillespie trumpet solo or Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit," the show emits an irrepressible energy that can't be quashed. This life force is where the "meaning" of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World lies, and you don't need a Ph.D. in dramatic literature to feel it.  Melrose's poetic production rescues Parks' most precious play from the confines of the ivory tower and puts it where it belongs — do drop be dripted, dammit — on stage."

-Chloe Veltman

The SF Weekly

THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD by Suzan-Lori Parks
The Cutting Ball Theater
Rob Melrose, Artistic Director May 19 - June 24, 2006

​Directed by Rob Melrose
Set Design by Liliana Dunque-Piñeiro
Costume Design by Claire Calderwood
Lighting Design by Rob Melrose
Original Music / Sound Design by Cliff Caruthers
Production Stage Management by Laura Davis
Assistant Stage Management by Robert McPhee
Produced by Adriana Baer

​Cast
Prunes and PrismsFelicia Benefield
Yes and Greens Black-Eyed PeasAlexaendrai Bond
Voice on huh Tee VJustin Chu Cary
Black Man with WatermelonMyers Clark
HamSteve Crum
And Bigger and Bigger and BiggerDwight Huntsman
Before ColumbusRobert Henry Johnson
Black Woman with Fried DrumstickAllison L. Payne
Old Man River JordanDavid Wesley Skillman
Lots of Grease and Lots of PorkManny Thornton
Queen-then-Pharaoh HapshepsutLeNeac Weatherby

The inimitable genius of Suzan-Lori Parks is on display in a remarkably ambitious Cutting Ball Theater production, smartly staged by Artistic Director Rob Melrose at Exit on Taylor. This is heady, challenging drama, comic, thought-provoking and somewhat subversively moving...  It's an important piece for anyone interested in the future of American theater. As staged by Cutting Ball, it's also a pleasure."  

-Robert Hurwitt

The San Francisco Chronicle

THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD - THE CUTTING BALL THEATER