Photo Flash: In Rehearsal for 'FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS' at the Taper
Rehearsals are underway for Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks' acclaimed drama, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (PARTS 1, 2 & 3), opening April 17 and continuing through May 15, 2016, at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. Previews begin April 5. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below!
Directed by Jo Bonney, the production features, in alphabetical order, Steven Bargonetti ("Father Comes Home...," Public Theater; "Hair," Broadway), Sterling K. Brown ("Father Comes Home...," Public Theater; "The People v. O.J. Simpson," FX), Russell G. Jones ("Father Comes Home...," Public Theater; "Ruined," Manhattan Theatre Company, Obie Award), Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris ("The Emperor Jones," Irish Repertory Theatre; "Advantageous," Sundance Special Jury Award), Michael McKean ("Better Call Saul," AMC; "This is Spinal Tap;" "Harps and Angels," Mark Taper Forum), Patrena Murray ("Father Comes Home...," ART; "Julius Caesar," Irondale Center), Tonye Patano ("Father Comes Home...," Public Theater; "Weeds," Showtime), Larry Powell ("The Christians," Mark Taper Forum; "The Mountaintop," Actors Theatre of Louisville), Roger Robinson ("Joe Turner's Come and Gone," Tony Award; "Seven Guitars," Tony nomination), Julian Rozzell Jr. ("Father Comes Home...," Public Theater; "Boardwalk Empire," HBO) and Josh Wingate ("Justified," FX; "General Hospital").
Scenic design is by Neil Patel, costume design is by ESosa, lighting design is by Lap Chi Chu, sound design is by Dan Moses Schreier and Bargonetti is the music director. Casting is by Meg Fister and the production stage manager is Evangeline Rose Whitlock.
In this devastatingly beautiful new play set during the Civil War, a slave named Hero (played by Sterling K. Brown) is offered his freedom if he joins his master (Michael McKean) in the ranks of the Confederacy. The choice is to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be an empty promise. His decision brings him face to face not only with a nation at war with itself, but with what freedom truly means.
Tickets for "Father Comes Home From the Wars" are available by calling (213) 628- 2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org. Tickets range from $25 - $85 (ticket prices are subject to change). The Mark Taper Forum is located at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Downtown L.A. 90012.
Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
(back row) Cast members Larry Powell, Roger Robinson, Michael McKean, Josh Wingate, Russell G. Jones and Julian Rozzell Jr.; (front row) Patrena Murray, Tonye Patano, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris and Sterling K. Brown