Charles Smith’s new play The Gospel According to James, produced last Spring at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Chicago, has garnered 5 Black Theater Alliance Award nods, including Best Direction for Chuck Smith, Best Writing for Charles Smith, Best Leading Actor for André De Shields, Best Featured Actor for Tyler Jacob Rollinson and Most Promising Actor for Wardell Julius Clark.
André De Shields has been having a love affair with Chicago, the city where theatre as a way to life began for him, initially as member of the Pottawattamie Tribe in Michael Butler’s 1969 production of Hair, The American Tribal-Love Rock Musical, directed by Tom O’Horgan at The Shubert Theatre.
Two-time Tony nominee André De Shields plays the title character in the Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James directed by Chuck Smith. The Gospel According to James runs May 14-June 12, 2011 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park. Opening night is set for May 18, 2011.
Lia Chang: André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, directed by Chuck Smith from March 22-April 10.