Gem of the Ocean
Who's Who in the Cast?
Shar Marlin ("Aunt" Ester Tyler )
Originally from Washington, DC, Shar Marlin always believed in the talent of making people feel joy through her voice or an encouraging word. Happily married with 2 children, she has appeared with On Q productions in Seven Guitars (Louise), The Colored Museum (Multiple Characters), For the Love of Harlem (Bessie Smith), The Amen Corner (Extra Vocalist), Piedmont Players Theater in Salisbury, NC in The Color Purple as Shug Avery and The Front Porch Theatre Group. She believes that being on stage is like taking a mini vacation…"I can be anyone, anywhere, at any time...and create memorable moments for anybody!"
Shawn Jones (Citizen Barlow)
Shawn is enthused to be in his third production with Evening Star Productions and everyone in the cast. Shawn is studying Theatre at UNC-Charlotte. He has been in A Raisin in the Sun (Joesph Asagai) at Duke Energy Theatre, The Purple Flower (Foots) at The Belk Theatre; Sassafras Cannon at the Waxhaw Museum and The Fantasticks (Mortimer) at Duke Energy Theatre. Shawn would like to first thank God and his wonderful family who have always pushed and supported all of his hopes and aspirations. Shawn dedicates this performance to those who just wish to be understood.
Kevin Aoussou (Eli):
Kevin is excited to join this wonderful cast for his first production with Evening Star. Past appearances have been with Shakespeare Carolina as Marullus, Trebonius, and Titinius in the 2014 production of Julius Caesar, as well as Acaste in that season's production of Misanthropes. This season he has taken on the role of Lord Scroop and the Dauphin in the production of Henry V. Previous roles have included King Claudius and the ghost of King Hamlet in Queens University's production of Hamlet, as well as roles in the productions of Almost Maine and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. His most recent performance has been as Dorian Gray in Shakespeare Carolina's production of The Picture of Dorian Gray earlier this summer. He'd like to say thank you to his family for their support, his friends for their belief, his cast mates for dealing with him always being in character, and the McNelis family for being his biggest fans. Lastly, a special thank you to his director, Tony Mullins, for giving him this opportunity.
Tiffany Bryant-Jackson ("Black" Mary Wilkes)
Tiffany Renea began her life in the Theatre when she entered Elon University’s Theatre Program in 1998. Since making the move to Charlotte in 2006, she has been blessed to work with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, On Q Productions and Three Bone Theatre. She is beyond excited to be back on stage with Evening Star Productions. When not on stage she is heading Open Cage Productions, planting seeds of creativity through out the community.
Jerry Parker II (Solly "Two Kings")
Jerry "Juicus Jones" Parker II is originally from Bethel, NC, right outside of Greenville, and has been involved in theatre since he was 5. Along the way, he has gotten the opportunity to work with many talented artists. In college,he attended UNC-Greensboro where he particapted in workshops and off-campus projects. He brings a strong visual and vocal presence to any role which he undertakes, and pours all of his charisma and being into each one. Currently he has been playing roles in Sight Chronicles, written, directed, and produced by the wonderfully talented Tomeka Allen and her I Inspire Productions, a company which is based out of Greensboro. When asked what is it about acting that continues to be his main focus in life, he says "Acting is like breathing. Whether it's theatre or film, I HAVE to have it...I NEED it!" Do what you love with passion, and in return, it will passionately and deservingly give you meaning and direction in life. Keep God first, and all else will fall into place.
Tony Mullins (Caeser Wilkes):
Tony has previously played Huckleebee in The Fantasticks, Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, and Godfrey “Goodness” Crump in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Elsewhere, he has played The Judge in Hello, Dolly. The Deputy/ Master Nick Cricker in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Delbert Tibbs in The Exonerated, a role in which he was nominated for an American College Theater Festival Award. Some of his favorite and most challenging roles include Jean ValJean in Les Miserables and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance. Mr. Mullins recently participated in a workshop of Up Where We Belong, a Broadway-aimed production based on the lives of BeBe and CeCe Winnans. Tony would like to first and foremost thank God, from whom all blessings flow, and then, anyone who contributed to this production in any way. Tony dedicates this show to anyone who has ever lost their way, and who had to eventually find the “Aunt Ester” within themselves to keep going. This one’s for you! For more information on Tony, and his past and present endeavors, please visit
Al' Jaleel McGhee (Rutherford Selig):
Al'Jaleel McGhee, an alumnus of the historic West Charlotte High Schools, is a Charlotte "semi-native." He went on to the Gately-Poole Acting Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois to study under renown drama instructor, Kathryn Gately. Gem of the Ocean marks his return to the Charlotte theater scene after working in Washington D.C. and on-camera in recent years. AJ has appeared in various independent films, national commercials, and televisions shows including Showtime's Homeland and Cinemax's Banshee. He recently performed on Almost Fiction, an independent film set to release later this year.