'Law & Order's' Richard Brooks to Star in Geva Theater's RADIO GOLF, 3/22 - 4/17

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GeVa Theatre Center announces that Richard Brooks, best known to TV viewers as Assistant D.A. Paul Robinette in NBC's "Law & Order" and bounty hunter Jubal Early in "Firefly" will play the central role of Harmond Wilks in its forthcoming production of August Wilson's Radio Golf in the Mainstage March 22 - April 17.

There's a new wave of Urban Renewal in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1997 - this time by African American entrepreneurs. Who will win in the struggle for the neighborhood's deep-rooted identity and soul? A resounding finale to Wilson's ten-play chronicle of the Twentieth Century.

Although Richard Brooks is most notable to TV viewers, his range of work demonstrates an extreme versatility. His film credits include Dough Boys; Mr. Sophistication; Shakedown; Wes Craven's Shocker; 84 Charlie Mopic; Saxo; To Sleep With Anger with Danny Glover; The Substitute with Tom Berenger; The Crow 2: City of Angels; the urban flick In Too Deep; Lexie; If Love Hadn't Left Me Lonely; the indie hit In My Pocket and Johnny B, which he also directed and produced. In addition to "Law & Order" and "Firefly" he has had prominent guest star roles on some of the most acclaimed TV series including "Good vs. Evil," "NYPD Blue," "Judging Amy," "ER," "Navy NCSI," "Drive," the FOX series "Lie to Me" and made for TV movies like FOX's Code Name: Wolverine and ABC's The Wedding opposite Halle Berry.

Mr. Brooks originated the role of Harmond Wilks in the 2005 world premiere of Radio Golf at Yale Repertory Theatre. Other stage credits include the Off-Broadway production of Police Boys by Marion McClinton, the title character of August Wilson's King Hedley II at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, the world premiere of ReGina Taylor's Drowning Crow, Lee Blessing's Cobb produced by Kevin Spacey at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre, and August Wilson's Jitney at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. Mr. Brooks trained at Interlochen Academy of Arts in Michigan and Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School in New York.

Radio Golf is a co-production with Syracuse Stage and begins previews on March 22 and runs through April 17. Tickets are available through the Geva Box Office: 232-Geva or online at www.gevatheatre.org.

ABOUT GeVa Theatre CENTER

GeVa Theatre Center is Rochester's leading professional theatre and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. Founded in 1972, Geva attracts over 170,000 patrons annually, including more than 16,000 students. The 552-seat Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage offers a wide variety of shows, from musicals to American and world classics.

The 180-seat Ron & Donna Fielding Nextstage is home to Geva's own series of cutting-edge drama, comedy and musical theatre; Geva Comedy Improv; Geva's New Play Reading Series and the Hornet's Nest - an innovative play-reading series facilitating community-wide discussion on controversial topics. The Nextstage also hosts visiting companies of both local and international renown.

GeVa Theatre Center offers a wide variety of educational, outreach and literary programs, nurturing audiences and artists alike. Since 1995 the organization has been led by Artistic Director Mark Cuddy.

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