Khandi Alexander, Jason Bowen and Kathleen Chalfant Set for A.R.T.'s 'WEDDING BAND' Reading, 11/19
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (formerly known as the Du Bois Institute), in conjunction with Hilton Als of The New Yorker, will present a staged reading of Alice Childress's Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and White, co-directed by Hilton Als and A.R.T. Artistic Associate Shira Milikowsky. It takes place at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, starting at 7:30pm, and will be followed by a post-reading discussion. The ticketed event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be obtained on line at www.americanrepertorytheater.org.
"Trouble in Mind: Lost Masterpieces from the African American Theatre Canon" is a new joint venture between the A.R.T. and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Curated by Hilton Als, writer and theater critic for The New Yorker magazine, this series brings exceptional actors to staged readings of under-produced and long-neglected plays by brilliant, and often over-looked African American Playwrights. Aimed at reviving these lost masterpieces and bringing them, newly, to a contemporary audience, the series will launch with Wedding Band: A Love-Hate Story in Black and White, Alice Childress' stunning 1962 depiction of inter-racial love in the American South during the first World War. The reading includes the participation of Khandi Alexander, Jason Bowen, and Kathleen Chalfant.
Khandi Alexander (actress/choreographer/dancer) is known for her long running roles on "CSI: Miami," "Newsradio," and "ER," as well as for her compelling work on HBO's "The Corner" and the critically acclaimed series Her films include CB4, Menace II Society, Poetic Justice, and Sugar Hill. Alexander won the NAACP Image Award for her work on "CSI: Miami" and the Vision Award for her performance on "Treme." She was nominated for seven additional Image Awards for her extensive body of work. Khandi will next be seen on ABC's hit series "Scandal."
Jason Bowen's regional credits include Orsino in Twelfth Night, the title role of Othello, Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi, Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice, Ferdinand in The Tempest, Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, and Fortinbras in Hamlet (Actors' Shakespeare Project); Joseph Asagai in A Raisin In The Sun, Levee in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2013 IRNE Award- Best Actor), Fortune in Ruined, Tom in Prelude To A Kiss, Walker Lewis in A Civil War Christmas (The Huntington Theatre); Thami in Groundswell (Lyric Stage Co.); Little Monk in Life of Galileo (Underground Railway Theatre); and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Commonwealth Shakespeare Co.) Jason was named Best Actor in Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2012 issue.
Kathleen Chalfant's Broadway credits include Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Racing Demon, and Dance With Me; Off-Broadway she was seen in Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Obie Awards), which she also performed in London (Ovation Award), Somewhere Fun, Red Dog Howls, Painting Churches, Family Week, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Bloomer Girl, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Far Away, Twelve Dreams, Henry V. Her other New York credits include The Vagina Monologues, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, The Party, Sister Mary Ignatius... The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. She appeared at The Guthrie, Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Mark Taper Forum, ATL, and the Sundance Lab. Her films and television include Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, The Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, and she had recurring roles on "The Americans," "House of Cards," "Rescue Me," "The Guardian," "Law and Order; and was seen in "Elementary," "Mercy," "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO), "Georgia O'Keeffe," "Voices from the White House" (PBS), "A Death in the Family" (PBS), and "Storm of the Century." She received the 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.