African American Repertory Theater's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE Opens Tonight
Acclaimed playwright August Wilson's New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning drama, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, will close out the 6th season for The African American Repertory Theater (AART). Vince McGill, a founder of AART and respected veteran of local stages, returns to Dallas to head the cast in this production as Herald Loomis. The play will be presented at KD Studio Theatre in Dallas.
August Wilson created ten plays for his much-decorated Pittsburgh Cycle, which chronicles African American life through each decade of the 20th century. Joe Turner's Come and Gone is the second play in the cycle. It is set in the Hill District of Pittsburgh in 1911 during "The Great Migration," a period of time in which descendants of former slaves - only about 50 years out of slavery - moved in large numbers from the South to the industrial cities of the North seeking new jobs and a fresh start. The play takes place in a Pittsburgh boarding house. Owners Seth and Bertha Holly host strangers who come to stay - some for days, some longer. The boarding house is like a way station for people on the move. A centerpiece of the play's action is the story of Herald Loomis and his young daughter, Zonia, searching for their long-lost wife and mother.
Joe Turner's Come and Gone opens on Friday, May 23, and runs through Sunday, June 8, 2014, at KD Studio Theatre, 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas. A preview performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. Regular shows are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Willie Minor directs this production for AART and also appears in a starring role. In addition to Vince McGill, other cast members include: David Butler, Liz Francisco, Ayoka Lawson, Artist Thornton, Jr., Lisa B. Whitfield, Bentley Green, Campbell Williams, Jada Bailey, Chris Messersmith, and Regina Washington. Including Joe Turner's Come and Gone, AART has presented five of the Pittsburgh Cycle plays: Seven Guitars (2010), Jitney (2011), Two Trains Running (2012), and Fences (2013), a Pulitzer Prize winner.