Skye Barrett, Gabriel Brown, Keith David, January LaVoy, Vivian Nichole Nixon, Nathaniel James Potvin, Raynor Scheine, Erica Tazel, John Douglas Thompson, Glynn Turman and Lillias White are set for the cast of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center. Phylicia Rashad directs.
Previews begin April 24 at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum At the Music Center,135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A., and performances run through June 9, 2013. Opening night is May 8. Tickets for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, or by calling (213) 628-2772.
Joe Turner’s Come and Gone has set design by John Iacovelli, costume design by Karen Perry, lighting design by Allen Lee Hughes and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. The production features musical composition by Kathryn Bostic and the production stage manager is David Blackwell.
Joe Turner 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.
CTG maintained a long relationship with August Wilson, presenting seven of his plays. In addition to Jitney, King Hedley II (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf at the Mark Taper Forum, CTG presented the Tony Award-nominated Seven Guitars at the Ahmanson Theatre and Two Trains Running and The Piano Lesson (1990 Pulitzer Prize) at the Doolittle Theatre in Hollywood.
Phylicia Rashad starred in the 2004 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun and won the Tony Award for Best Actress (Play), 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 also 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. She has appeared in numerous movies and is well known on television as Clair Huxtable in “The Cosby Show.” She made her Los Angeles directing debut with the Ebony Repertory Theatre production of A Raisin in the Sun, first at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center and then at the Douglas Theatre.
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.
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