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By Carey Purcell • Jan 05,

Timothy Douglas, who collaborated with August Wilson on the world premiere of Radio Golf  and has directed many of the late playwright's works, will helm a production of King Hedley II at Washington D.C's Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, runs February 6th throughMarch 8th, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. .

Bowman Wright stars as King, the returning ex-convict with seven years of prison haunting him. Wright, who was last seen at Arena Stage as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop, is joined by returning Arena Stage cast members E. Faye Butler (Smokey Joe’s Café, Pullman Porter Blues, Oklahoma!) as Ruby and KenYatta Rogers (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) as Mister. Making their Arena Stage debuts are Two-Time Tony Award nominee André De Shields (Broadway’s The Full Monty, Ain’t Misbehavin’) as Stool Pigeon, Jessica Frances Dukes (Playwrights Horizons’ Bootycandy) as Tonya and Michael Anthony Williams (Round House’s Two Trains Running) as Elmore.

"Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past," press notes state.

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Photo Flash: Andre De Shields in Rehearsal for KING HEDLEY II at Arena Stage

By BWW News Desk • Jan 14,  

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents August Wilson's classic drama King Hedley II. Set in the 1980s Hill District of Pittsburgh, the ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson's acclaimed play cycle examining Black America follows a scarred ex-convict who struggles to turn his life around and lock away his past. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!

The drama is directed by Timothy Douglas, who worked with the late playwright on the world premiere of Radio Golf and has directed eight plays out of Wilson's 10-play cycle. King Hedley II runs February 6-March 8, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage.

As previously announced, Bowman Wright stars as King, the returning ex-convict with seven years of prison haunting him. Wright, who was last seen at Arena Stage as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in The Mountaintop, is joined by returning Arena Stage cast members E. Faye Butler (Smokey Joe's Café, Pullman Porter Blues, Oklahoma!) as Ruby and KenYatta Rogers (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) as Mister. Making their Arena Stage debuts are Tony Award nominee André De Shields (Broadway's The Full Monty, Ain't Misbehavin') as Stool Pigeon, Jessica Frances Dukes (Playwrights Horizons' Bootycandy) as Tonya and Michael Anthony Williams (Round House's Two Trains Running) as Elmore.




Photos courtesy Arena Stage.

Norm Lewis & Danny Holgate
to be Honored at Amas Musical Theatre's 46th Anniversary Gala

By BWW News Desk • Jan 23,  

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, will celebrate its 46th Anniversary at a gala benefit on Monday, March 30th, 2015 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is distinguished actor, director, and choreographer André De Shields.

The gala evening will begin at 6pm with a champagne reception and silent auction. At 7pm, students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Amas' flagship education program, will present a sneak peek of their upcoming spring production followed by "An Evening with Vivian Reed," where the Tony Award-nominee will offer up a program of songs and stories from her illustrious career. The evening will culminate in presentations of "The Rosie Award" bestowed upon two of Broadway's leading men - Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis (The Phantom of the Opera, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess, Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid) and musical director/arranger Danny Holgate (Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope, Bubbling Brown Sugar, Eubie, Cookin' at the Cookery). The award, commemorating the life and work of Amas Founder Rosetta LeNoire, is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment and dedication in bringing our world more closely together through the performing arts.

"We are bubbling over with excitement to be celebrating our 46th year with two original members of Bubbling Brown Sugar, the 1976 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical that originated at Amas," says Amas Artistic Producer Donna Trinkoff. "Vivian Reed was nominated for a Tony for her starring role while Danny Holgate was musical director and wrote all of the wonderful arrangements. It played the ANTA Theatre, now the August Wilson Theatre, home of Jersey Boys - and our administrative offices. It's a real family reunion! We are just as excited to honor Norm and Danny with the "Rosie Award," as they are each a shining example of Rosetta's mission. She would be so happy."

Tickets are $500 and $250, plus a limited number of show-only $150 seats available, and can be purchased online at www.amasmusical.org, or by calling (212) 563-2565. More information at www.amasmusical.org.

Timothy Douglas, who collaborated with August Wilson on the world premiere of Radio Golf  and has directed many of the late playwright's works, will helm a production of King Hedley II at Washington D.C's Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, runs February 6th throughMarch 8th, 2015 in the Fichandler Stage. .

Read the original article at BroadwayWorld.com.

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