Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman Lead Cast in Revival of Lorey Hayes’ POWER PLAY, Free Staged Reading, 10/18
After last year's overwhelmingly successful New York showcase production of Lorey Hayes' thrice AUDELCO nominated Massinissa and the Tragedy of the House of Thunder, dynamic producing duo Executive Producer, Mr. Voza Rivers' New Heritage Theater and Ms. Debra Ann Byrd's Take Wing and Soar will team up to bring Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman to the New York stage for a revival production of Lorey Hayes' POWER PLAY, a story about politics, passion and the power of God.
The production kicks off with a 2012 Free Stage Reading as a prelude to its 2013 Production.
The Free Stage Reading is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7pm, at New York's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in New York (at 135th Street), prepping audiences for the April 2013 Production with producing partner the City College of New York. Call 212 926 2550 to R.S.V.P.
Joining Washington and Orman in the cast is Phyllis Yvonne Stickney along with original cast member Lia Chang, playwright Lorey Hayes and Jeff Wallner. The play is directed by Darlene Gidney of Be Rich Entertainment, with Publicity by Dr. Sandy Hill.
Senator Franklin Wright is living the American Dream. Propelled to political stardom by a campaign manager who is Asian American and female, he stands on the threshold of making history: becoming California's first African-American Governor. Or does he?
It is a question Franklin must answer when, as campaign front runner, he finds himself thrust in the midst of a scandal that threatens to ruin the election, his career, his marriage and forces him to make a life and death decision.
The chilling fact is: the scandal is based on a secret his wife has harbored for 17 years. POWER PLAY is about the women behind this powerful man who find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of personal and political intrigue that threatens to destroy them all.
The play examines friendship, love integrity, public scrutiny and the question we still face today: What are we voting for? A candidate's private life or the record of his or her accomplishments and the depths of his or her commitment?
With Presidential elections looming, the producers felt it was a great time to take a fresh look at POWER PLAY, a play about a candidate's dilemma and unselfish decision that helps us examine the criteria by which we choose and elect our officials. "How will confession play with swing voters? How important is winning?" Will informed voters allow character assassinations to inform their decisions?
POWER PLAY received critical acclaim in its 1996 National Black Theater Production, directed by the late Dr. Barbara Ann Teer and Adunni, winning the Audelco Award for Best Play and again for its 2005 Billie Holiday Theater Production with an extended run directed by Artistic Director Marjorie Moon, earning Lincoln Center Library's honor of inclusion in their prestigious Bound Edition of "Highlights from the 2005 New York Theater Season".
Pauletta Pearson Washington - After a hiatus from the stage to raise her four children, Pauletta Pearson Washington has re-emerged to continue her acting career, most recently performing in the Off-Broadway production of Nora and Delia Ephron's, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Over the years, Washington has worked with some of theater's biggest names such a Jules Styne, Jerry Herman, Phyllis Newman, Betty Comden, Tommy Tune, Carole Hall and Adolf Green. She was part of the original cast of Jerry's Girls. Other stage credits include roles in the second Broadway Production of Jesus Christ Superstar, Sophisticated Ladies, and The All Nite Strut. She has created roles at several major off-Broadway houses, has appeared in Debbie Allen's Soul Possessed at the Kennedy Center, co-starred with BeBe Winans in Otis Sallid's Spirituals, and was featured with Natalie Cole in the recent production of A Christmas Show at Lincoln Center. Washington has also shared the stage with Amy Grant, Michael McDonald, Shelia E, Chaka Khan and the late, great Teen Marie.
Washington's on-screen credits include: The Wilma Rudolf Story starring Cecily Tyson and Denzel Washington, and Purlie starring Melba Moore, Sherman Hemsley, and Robert Guillaume. She was a series regular on the TV sitcom The Parkers starring Monique and appeared in Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. She was a featured vocalist on the soundtrack of Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington and a featured pianist in the soundtrack of The Antwone Fisher Story.
Roscoe Orman - Roscoe Orman's more than three decades of association with PBS-TV'S universally acclaimed children's program "Sesame Street" (as the belovEd Gordon Robinson) has allowed him to promote his mission to people around the world as an actor, entertainer, writer, lecturer and children's advocate. As a multi-dimensional artist who came of age during the politically and culturally transforming 1960's, it is paramount that his work promote the social and educational enrichment of his audience, both child and adult. Recent roles have included Troy Maxon in Fences at Madison Repertory Theater and Hoke Colburn in the Delaware Theatre Company production of Driving Miss Daisy. He is a five time nominee and recipient of an Audelco Theatre Award for his performance in Do Lord Remember Me at Manhatttan's Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse.
Mr. Orman made his feature film debut in the title role of Universal Pictures' Willie Dynamite. His other films include Twilight's Last Gleaming, Follow that Bird, FX, Striking Distance, New Jersey Drive, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, 30 Days and Drive By. Some of his other television credits include: "Law and Order," "Law and Order SVU," "The Wire," "Sex and the City," "Kojak," "A Man Called Hawk," "All My Children" and "Sanford and Son." His memoir, "Sesame Street Dad: Evolution of an Actor" was published in 2006 and his children's book "Ricky and Moho" (which he also illustrated) was published in 2007. In 2008 he was named "Chief Storyteller" and national spokesperson for Audible Kids, the nation's leading provider of digitally downloaded children's literature. As a founding member of Harlem's New Lafayette Theatre, he appeared prominently in most of The Company productions. Orman and playwright Lorey Hayes, had the great pleasure of acting together in the late A. Marcus Hemphill's play John Henry, directed by Morgan Freeman.
Lorey Hayes, Playwright is a Broadway, Television/Film Actress turned writer (an original cast member of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide). Hayes is a 2011 Princess Grace Playwright Finalist for Haiti's Children of God, her play with music that enjoyed a critically acclaimed 2011 run in New York as a co- production between Mr. Voza River's New Heritage Theatre Group (Broadway's Sarafina and Asinamali) and Mr. Rudy Shaw's Caribbean Arts Repertory. Ms. Hayes is also the proud recipient of a 2011 Harlem Arts Alliance Community Arts Fund Award to create a new historic play. The play created under this grant is Hell in a Hand Basket, the Unofficial Story of Condolezza Rice, recently read at Harlem's Dwyer Cultural Center sponsored by Frank Silvera's Writer's Workshop. The Dragonfly Tale, co-written with Robert Crear was the winner of the 2007 Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writer's Project and a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill 2006 Playwright's Conference from more than 800 entries. Several plays have enjoyed acclaimed productions. As an actress, Hayes (an original cast member of For Colored Girls) starred on Broadway with Melba Moore in the late A. Marcus Hemphill's Inacent Black as well as in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of Home. She starred in London, England at the Royal Shakespeare festival as Eunice Evans in Miss Ever's Boys. A regular face on TV commercials, Hayes is featured in the film Dream Girls and has guest starred in numerous television shows; including "Judging Amy," "Family Law," "Sister, Sister" and "All My Children."