Cast Set for Off-Broadway Premiere of Brown's Pure Confidence

News   Cast Set for Off-Broadway Premiere of Brown's Pure Confidence Tony Award nominee Marion McClinton will direct the Off-Broadway premiere of Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence, which will bow at 59E59 Theaters May 22.
Pure Confidence star Gavin Lawrence
Pure Confidence star Gavin Lawrence Photo by Ann Marsden

McClinton (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II) stages the work, which examines African-American jockeys in the American horse racing industry. The Off-Broadway opening is scheduled for May 27, and performances will continue through July 3. Presented as part of 59E59 Theaters' Americas Off-Broadway regional theatre initiative, Pure Confidence is a production of Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre.

The cast will feature Christiana Clark, Casey Greig, Karen Landry, Gavin Lawrence, Chris Mulkey, Mark Rosenwinkel and Mark Sieve.

Press notes for Brown's play read: "On the eve of the Civil War, champion jockey Simon Cato is one of the most successful athletes of his day, dominating the sport of horse racing. But Simon is also a slave. Hired out regularly by his owner to Colonel Wiley Johnson, owner of the prize thoroughbred Pure Confidence, Simon wants the one thing the Colonel by law can’t give him: his freedom."

Originally commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pure Confidence premiered in the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2005.

Pure Confidence has designs by Joseph Stanley (set design), Michael Wangen (lighting design), Christine A. Richardson (costume design) and C. Andrew Mayer (sound design).

For tickets phone (212) 279-4200 or visit TicketCentral.

For further information visit 59E59Theaters.

Gavin Lawrence and Chris Mulkey in <i>Pure Confidence</i>
Gavin Lawrence and Chris Mulkey in Pure Confidence Photo by Ann Marsden