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Keith David, January LaVoy, John Douglas Thompson, Glynn Turman, Lillias White and More Set for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone at the CTG/Mark Taper Forum, April 24 – June 9, 2013

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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.

Phylicia Rashad. Photo by Lia Chang

Phylicia Rashad. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks,Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
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
Photos: Phylicia Rashad, Michael McElroy, Marva Hicks in Broadway Inspirational Voices “Wondrous Grace” Concert at the Central Presbyterian Church in NY
Chuck Cooper, Austin Pendleton, Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Jeremy Pope, and Wallace Smith Set for MTC’s World Premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy, June 18- July 21, 2013
Signature Theatre’s Revival of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Set for Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, May 9-12, 2013
Paul Giamatti Leads Yale Rep’s Production of Hamlet, March 15-April 13, 2013
Photos: David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Opening Night
Signature’s Off-Broadway Revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, helmed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, runs October 30 -December 9, 2012
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet,Tracee Chimo opening night of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon
John Earl Jelks is featured in MCC Theater’s world premiere of Neil LaBute’s The Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel
Denise Burse, Rocky Carroll, Anthony Chisholm, John Earl Jelks and James A. Williams in Radio Golf by August Wilson at The Pearlstone Theater in Baltimore
Costume Designer Karen Perry- Audelco Nod for The Public Theatre’s Brother/Sister Trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Harlem Nights with Lorey Hayes, Actress, Director and Award-Winning Playwright of Power Play and Massinissa
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

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