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Phylicia Rashad to Helm August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum at The Music Center, April 24 – June 9, 2013

Tony award winning actress and acclaimed theater director Phylicia Rashad is at the helm of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, which begins previews April 24, 2013 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center (135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A.), and continues through June 9, 2013. The opening night performance is on May 8 at 8 p.m.

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone is set in 1911 in a Pittsburgh boarding house, where tenants come and go, forming a community that is altered time and time again. The daily routine of meals, conversation, gossip, arrivals and departures, and the changes that occur within this fluid grouping of people, is set against a great tide of Americans of African descent, only 50 years out of bondage, who are moving toward the industrial cities of the North in search of economic opportunity, lost family members and new beginnings.

Phylicia Rashad. Photo by Lia Chang

Phylicia Rashad. Photo by Lia Chang

Phylicia Rashad became a household name for her portrayal of Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” for over two decades. Rashad received a Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Lena Younger in the 2004 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, which was the first time in Tony history that an African-American actress won in this category. Her other Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gem of the Ocean (she starred in the world premiere production at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum in 2003), Jelly’s Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls and The Wiz and Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at Lincoln Center.

Offstage, Rashad teaches masters classes at Howard University, The Julliard School and Carnegie Mellon University. Well-respected in the academic world, Rashad has received the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre from Fordham University. Rashad also holds honorary doctorates from Fordham University, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Providence College, Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University, Barber Scotia College, St. Augustine’s College, and Brown University.

Rashad currently serves on the advisory board of the PRASAD Projects, the True Colors Theatre, Broadway Inspirational Voices, the Actors Center, the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and the ADEPT Center.

Schedule
Previews (April 24-May 7): Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Exceptions: No 1 p.m. performance on Sunday, May 5.
Opens Wednesday, May 8 at 8 p.m.
Regular Performances (May 9-June 9):
Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. No Monday performances.
Exceptions: No public performances May 21-24 (student matinees only).

Tickets are $20 – $ 70 and are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office. Hot Tix: $20 each may be purchased in advance or, subject to availability, on the day of performance at the box office (no checks). Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

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