Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper

Rehearsals are underway for Center Theatre Group's production of "Head of Passes" by Academy Award winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company below!

Directed by Tina Landau, "Head of Passes" begins previews Wednesday, September 13, opens Sunday, September 24 and continues through October 22, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. The cast includes, in alphabetical order, Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, James Carpenter, John Earl Jelks, Phylicia Rashad and Jacqueline Williams.

Family and friends are gathering to celebrate Shelah's (portrayed by Rashad) birthday under the leaky roof of her home at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But an unwanted birthday party and unrelenting rains are only the first challenges in this contemporary parable inspired by the Book of Job in which unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love. As her world seems to collapse around her, Shelah must fight to survive the rising flood of life's greatest challenges in this poetic and piercing new play.

The creative team for "Head of Passes" includes scenic design by G.W. Mercier, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz

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Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Phylicia Rashad and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Kyle Beltran

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member James Carpenter

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Alana Arenas

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Francois Battiste

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member J. Bernard Calloway

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Center Theatre Group Managing Director Stephen D. Rountree, cast member Phylicia Rashad, director Tina Landau and Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Director Tina Landau

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Phylicia Rashad

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Set designer G.W. Mercier and cast members Kyle Beltran and Phylicia Rashad

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Center Theatre Group Managing Director Stephen D. Rountree, director Tina Landau, cast members Jacqueline Williams, J. Bernard Calloway and John Earl Jelks

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
Cast member Jacqueline Williams

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
(top) Cast members J. Bernard Calloway, James Carpenter, John Earl Jelks, Kyle Beltran; (bottom) cast members Francois Battiste, Jacqueline Williams, Phylicia Rashad and Alana Arenas

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal with Phylicia Rashad and More for HEAD OF PASSES at the Taper
(top) Cast members Francois Battiste, J. Bernard Calloway, director Tina Landau, cast members John Earl Jelks, Kyle Beltran; (bottom) cast members James Carpenter, Jacqueline Williams, Phylicia Rashad and Alana Arenas

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