Tony Winners Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad to Star in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR at Atlanta's True Colors Theatre, 7/8-8/3
True Colors Theatre will present SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, running July 8 - August 3, 2014 at the Southwest Arts Center. Written by Bernard Slade and directed by Chris Coleman, the production will star Tony winners Kenny Leon and Phylicia Rashad.
The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married - to other people - who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century's worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love.
Tony-winning director and Julia Hansen Award winner Kenny Leon is an acclaimed film and theater director. He is the first African-American director to have two shows running on Broadway simultaneously with The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett; and Stick Fly, produced by Alicia Keys.
In 2010, his hit Broadway production of Fences garnered 10 Tony Nominations including Best Director and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor and Best Actress. Other Broadway credits include Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean and the Tony-winning revival of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, the television adaptation of which garnered Kenny Leon a Best Director nomination by the DGA. The film also received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and won 3 NAACP Image Awards.
Prior to co-founding Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company, he served 11 years as Artistic Director of the Alliance Theatre, where he produced the premieres of Disney's Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky and Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Other directorial credits include Toni Morrison's opera Margaret Garner, the world premiere of Flashdance: The Musical, Alicia Keys' "As I Am" World Tour and the August Wilson Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center, for which he was Artistic Director. He has directed extensively throughout the US, including Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Boston's Huntington Theatre, Baltimore's Center Stage, Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and New York's Public Theatre.
Recently, Mr. Leon directed the world premiere of Marcus Gardley's Every Tongue Confess starring Phylicia Rashad at Arena Stage in D.C. and the theatre world premier of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner under his True Colors Theatre banner. Hi recent film remake, Steel Magnolias, for Lifetime and Sony Pictures premiered to 6.5 million viewers, the third highest watched program in the network's history.
Rashad has directed Paul Stovall's Immediate Family at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun at Ebony Repertory Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in LA, and August Wilson'sGem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Company. Broadway: August Osage County, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Cymbeline, (Lincoln Center Theatre), August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean (Tony nomination), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz. Off-Broadway: The Story, Helen, Everybody's Ruby, Blue, Bernarda Alba. Regional theater: Every Tongue Confess, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Medea. Films: Good Deeds. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Frankie and Alice, Just Wright, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, Loving Jezebel, The Visit. Films for TV: Steel Magnolias, A Raisin In The Sun(NAACP Image Award, Emmy and SAG nominations) The Old Settler, Free of Eden. TV series: The Cosby Show, Cosby. BFA degree from the College of Fine Arts at Howard University.
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