Olivia Oguma, Marin Hinkle, Neal Huff, Okieriete Onaodowan and Sharon Washington are featured in the cast of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater’s world premiere production of LUCE, by JC Lee, directed by May Adrales. LUCE began previews on Saturday, October 5, opens Monday, October 21 and will run through Sunday, November 17 at the Claire Tow Theater (150 West 65th Street).
When a teacher makes an alarming discovery about Luce (Okieriete Onaodowan), an all-star high school student, Luce’s mother (Marin Hinkle) and father (Neal Huff) are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country.
LUCE marks JC Lee’s professional playwriting debut. He is a recent graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School and was a 2011-12 writing fellow at The Playwrights Realm. His plays have been in various stages of development throughout the United States at such theaters as South Coast Rep, the Magic Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Director May Adrales’ Off-Broadway credits include David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at the Signature Theatre Company and Lauren Yee’s Ching Chong Chinaman at Pan Asian Rep. Her production of Thomas Bradshaw’s Bereaved was named one of 2009’s “Ten Best of the Year” by Time Out/NY. She has also directed in New York at The Public Theater, Second Stage, New York Theatre Workshop and Primary Stages. Her regional theater credits include productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage and the Cleveland Playhouse.
Broadway: Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, High School Musical (1st national tour). Off-Broadway: Emotional Creature (Signature), BFE (Playwrights Horizons), Sarah, Plain and Tall (Lucille Lortel Theatre), The Dispute (NAATCO). Regional: Emotional Creature (Berkeley Rep.), Snow Falling on Cedars (Portland Center Stage), BFE (Long Wharf, CT Critics Circle Award- Best Debut Performance), Skin of Our Teeth (Bristol Riverside), The Vagina Monologues (Bucks County Playhouse), Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Papermill Playhouse). Film: Strangers with Candy: The Movie, This is Where I Leave You (Warner Bros, release date 2014). TV: “The Flamingo Rising” (Hallmark Hall of Fame), “The Big C,” “Law & Order,” “The New Electric Company,” “All My Children,” “As the World Turns.”
LCT: Graceland (LCT3). Broadway: Electra, A Thousand Clowns, The Tempest. Off-Broadway: RX (Primary Stages), The Dybbuk (Public Theater), Miss Julie (Rattlestick), The Fourth Sister (Vineyard), Blue Window (Barrow Group), Sabina (Primary Stages), Jayson with a “Y” (New Group), The Changeling (TFANA), Wonderful Time (WPA). Select Regional: Extraordinary Chambers, Circle Mirror Transformation, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, What They Have, Ghosts, Rose and Walsh, Romeo & Juliet, Uncle Vanya, Ghosts, Heartbreak House, God of Vengeance, Evolution. Film: Friends with Money, I Am Sam, What Just Happened, Quarantine, Imagine That, Commencement (upcoming). TV: “Two and a Half Men” (nine seasons as Judith), “Once and Again” (Judy), “Brothers and Sisters,” “Private Practice,” “House,” “ER,” “Sarah Silverman Program,” “Without a Trace,” many “Law & Orders.”
LCT: When I Come To Die (LCT3). Broadway: Take Me Out (NYSF/Donmar), The Lion in Winter (Roundabout), The Tempest (NYSF). Other theater includes: William Inge’s The Killing (world premiere/Summer Shorts), Trumpery (Atlantic), The Little Dog Laughed (Second Stage), The Foreigner (Roundabout), Occupant (Signature), Rude Entertainment (Drama Dept.), Troilus and Cressida (NYSF). Film includes: Grand Budapest Hotel, Sisterhood of Night, Doomsdays, Moonrise Kingdom, Cantuckee, Meek’s Cutoff, Why Stop Now?, Jack and Diane, Vanishing On 7th Street, Monogamy, Motherhood, Michael Clayton, Stephanie Daley, Bernard and Doris, The Good Shepherd, Dealbreakers, The Shovel, Hollywood Ending, Big Daddy, Love Walked In, The Wedding Banquet. TV: “The Wire” (series regular); “Blue Bloods;” “The Abolitionists” (PBS); “Fringe” (Fox, recurring); “John Adams” (HBO); “Six Degrees” (ABC, recurring); “Starved” (FX, recurring); “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI” (NBC).
Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac. Select Off-Broadway: Neighbors (The Public Theater), Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages). Select Off-Off-Broadway: The Shipment (The Kitchen), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Richmond Shepard Theatre). Select Regional: American Idiot (1st National Tour), The Brothers Size (Old Globe), Ruined (Huntington, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse), Coalhouse in Ragtime. An opening performer for Bernadette Peters and Brian Stokes Mitchell (NJPAC). Film: Thank You for Sharing, Brooklyn Shakara. TV: “Gravity,” “Love Taxi,” “NYC 22.”
Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Lost in the Stars (City Center Encores!). Select Off-Broadway: Wild With Happy (Lortel nom.), Stuff Happens, Richard III, Coriolanus (Public Theater), The Scottsboro Boys (Vineyard Theatre), The Overwhelming (Roundabout), String of Pearls (Primary Stages), House & Garden, The Radical Mystique (MTC). Select regional: Merry Wives, King Lear (Denver Center), Intimate Apparel (Guthrie), The Piano Lesson (original production/ Yale Rep). Film: Torn, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, Rocksteady, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Die Hard With a Vengeance. TV: “The Blacklist,” “White Collar,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” “Law & Order: CI,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order,” “Taking Chance.”
The design team for LUCE features sets by Timothy R. Mackabee, costumes by Kaye Voyce, lighting by Tyler Micoleau and sound by Jill BC Du Boff.
LUCE will be performed Monday and Wednesday through Sunday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets, priced at $20, at the Lincoln Center Theater box office, telecharge.com or by visiting http://www.lct3.org.
LCT3’s 2013-2014 season is supported by generous grants from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Time Warner Foundation.
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.
Other articles by Lia Chang:
Olivia Oguma, Ashley Bryant, Molly Carden, Emily S. Grosland, Joaquina Kalukango and Sade Namei in New York Premiere of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, October 26-January 13, 2013
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Center Stage Photo Preview: Denise Burse and Michael Genet in Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts, Opens October 16, 2013
Photos: Brandon Uranowitz, Gordana Rashovich, Todd Lawson, Sarah Grace Wilson and More Star in Superb Revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, Extended through October 27, 2013
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Production Photos: Primary Stages Presents World Premiere of Eric Simonson’s Bronx Bombers Featuring C.J. Wilson, Francois Battiste, Chris Henry Coffey, Richard Topol and More at The Duke on 42nd Street, Opens October 8, 2013
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Photos: André De Shields, Mary Zimmerman, Akash Chopra, Richard M. Sherman, Kevin Carolan, Larry Yando, Nehal Joshi and More Celebrate The Jungle Book Opening Night at Huntington Theatre in Boston
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