Continuing the second annual "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" play reading series, Mackie will be joined by playwright Fuller and director Steven Maler and the rest of the cast (to be announced) for a short question and answer session after the 7 PM reading.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 drama follows the 1944-set story of a black military lawyer who is sent from Washington to investigate the murder of a black Master Sergeant. In his search, he must overcome uncooperative officers and fearful troops in this tale of deceit and prejudice. The work originally played Off-Broadway in a Negro Ensemble Company staging that featured Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. The work was adapted for film in 1984 under the direction of Norman Jewison.
Mackie made his Broadway debut in the 2003 revival of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and returned to the stage last season in Drowning Crow. The busy actor also appeared in such films as Jonathan Demme's remake of "The Manchurian Candidate, Spike Lee's "She Hate Me," "Brother to Brother" and Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby." Other stage credits include the Moderator in Talk (Public Theater, 2002 Obie Award), understudy for Don Cheadle as Booth in Topdog/Underdog (Public) and Tupac in Up Against the Wind (New York Theatre Workshop).
The "American Voices" series, which "showcases classic American works," launched this season Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker starring Charles Busch as Dolly Levi. Kerry O'Malley (Into The Woods) then starred in a Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour. The final play of the season will be Arthur Miller's All My Sons (May 16).
Tickets for the "American Voices: Drama, Dialogue, Downtown" series are available at The Shubert Theatre Box Office, 265 Tremont Street in Boston, MA or by calling (800) 447-7400. For more information, visit www.wangcenter.org.