Joe Morton will star in Alfred Uhry's new play, Without Walls, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Aug. 7-18. Christopher Ashley will direct the premiere.
Morton will play Morocco Hempfill, an African American drama teacher who encounters Anton (Charlie Hoffheimer), a pupil who has been newly transferred to Hemphill's school. Uhry told the New York Times that the piece was inspired by his experiences as an English and drama teacher on the Upper West Side in the 1970s.
Morton has acted twice on the New York stage in the past year: in Measure for Measure in Central Park; and in Brutal Imagination Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre.
Also in the cast is Kelly Karbacz.
Producer Jane Harmon is reportedly attached to the Uhry play and hopes to bring it to New York City this season. Uhry wrote Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and the books for The Robber Bridegroom and Parade. For more information, call (413) 597-3399.
—By Robert Simonson