Beginning previews October 21st, The Public Theater celebrates the official opening of Eve’s Song by Patricia Ione Lloyd on November 7th.
Eve’s Song follows the haunting of a Black family. Deborah (De’Adre Aziza) is dealing with a messy divorce and coming to terms with her daughter, Lauren (Kadijah Raquel), coming out as queer, all while trying to keep things “normal” at home. The play takes a look at our present racial climate through an everyday family, addressing family dynamics, politics at work, and the spirit world, using dark humor and suspense.
The cast includes Karl Green as Mark, Ashley D. Kelley as Upendo, Vernice Miller as Spirit Woman, Rachel Watson-Jih as Spirit Woman, and Tamara M. Williams as Spirit Woman.
The production extended on Oct 9th before previews even began and will run through December 9 as is directed by Jo Bonney. [envira-gallery id=”20924″]
Jessica Frances Dukes to Lead the Cast of By The Way, Meet Vera Stark
Acting powerhouse Jessica Frances Dukes, who recently slayed Alisha Harris’ Is God Is Off-Broadway, has been tapped as the title role of Lynn Nottage‘s By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at The Signature Theatre. Directed by Kamilah Forbes the revival production runs January 29, 2019, through March 3 with a February 19 opening night.
You may remember the Off-Broadway premiere of this show at Second Stage Theater in 2011 as it starred Sanaa Lathan.
It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring…her boss. While Vera’s portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actress’ legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.
The cast also features Jenni Barber as Gloria, Manoel Felciano as Max/Peter, Warner Miller as Leroy/Herb, Carra Patterson as Anna Mae/Afua, Heather Alicia Simms as Lottie/Carmen, and David Turner as Brad/Slavick.
The creative team includes of Clint Ramos (scenic design), Dede M. Ayite (costume design), Matt Frey (lighting design), Mikaal Sulaiman (sound design), Katherine Freer (projection design) and Daniel Kluger (composition).
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Billy Porter Will Star In His New Play Remember To Live At Primary Stages
The Off-Broadway theatre company, Primary Stages, announced their 35th Anniversary season. Launching the lineup includes a new play by Tony Award-winning & Golden Globe-nominated actor Billy Porter entitled Remember To Live. That’s correct; The Pose(FX) star is a playwright. Beginning performances October 29th, Porter will also be starring in the piece.
Back in 2014 Porter’s While I Yet Live debuted at Primary Stages under the direction of Sheryl Kaller, who will also direct this future production set to premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Remember to Live is told from the perspective of an African-American gay filmmaker. The play centers on the stories of five gay men who all lived through the AIDS crisis and are now grappling with sex, intimacy, redemption, and love all with the indifference the current political climate.
Performances run October 29 through December 22. Additional casting to be announced at a later date.