Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!

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Signature Theatre opened the world premiere production of Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE, directed by Patricia McGregor last night, February 27. HURT VILLAGE runs through March 18, 2012 and is the inaugural production in the The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Company's new home The Pershing Square Signature Center. Broadwayworld was on hand for the opening and brings you photo coverage below!

HURT VILLAGE features Marsha Stephanie Blake (The Merchant of Venice; Joe Turner's Come and Gone), Nicholas Christopher (Rent, In the Heights), Corey Hawkins (Suicide, Incorporated), Charlie Hudson III (The Piano Lesson), Ron Cephas Jones (Gem of the Ocean, The Bridge Project), Joaquina Kalukango (Godspell), Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change; "All My Children"), Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!, Hair) and Lloyd Watts (Treme).

The design team includes David Gallo (Set and Projection Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Sarah Sidman (Lighting Design), Rob Kaplowitz (Sound Design), Cookie Jordan (Hair and Make-Up Design), Kate Wilson (Dialect Coach), Rick Sordelet (Fight Direction), and Luqman Brown (Additional Music). Casting is by Telsey + Company. The Production Stage Manager is Jane Pole and Assistant Stage Manager is Megan J. Alvord.

It's the end of a long summer in Hurt Village, a housing project in Memphis, Tennessee. A government Hope Grant means relocation for many of the project's residents, including Cookie, a thirteen year-old aspiring rapper, along with her mother Crank and great-grandmother Big Mama. As the family prepares to move, Cookie's father Buggy unexpectedly returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Ravaged by the war, Buggy struggles to find a position in his disintegrating community, along with a place in his daughter's wounded heart. A bold, gritty and devastating work, HURT VILLAGE earned Katori Hall the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, given annually to an outstanding female playwright. HURT VILLAGE has received a 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award from TCG.

For tickets and more information, visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Nicholas Christopher

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Corey Hawkins

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Charles Mee, Edward Norton, Katori Hall, Patricia McGregor

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Edward Norton, Charles Mee

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Patricia McGregor

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Marsha Stephanie Blake, Joaquina Kulakango, Tonya Pinkins

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
Tonya Pinkins, Saycon Sengbloh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Joaquina Kulakango

Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!
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Photo Coverage: Katori Hall's HURT VILLAGE Opens at Signature; Edward Norton & More!

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Jennifer Broski Jennifer was given her first camera at the age of eight, and has had one in her hand ever since. For the duration of her college career, she was an event photographer--capturing guest speakers, musicians, and performances. She is now a concert and event photographer, taking in all that New York City has to offer for entertainment.


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