LCT3 Musical-Play On the Levee Will Star Cooper, Cheatom, Sibbery, Numrich and Graham Off-Broadway

News   LCT3 Musical-Play On the Levee Will Star Cooper, Cheatom, Sibbery, Numrich and Graham Off-Broadway Tony Award-winning actor Chuck Cooper, Amari Cheatom, Michael Sibbery, Sam Numrich and Dion Graham will lead the cast of the Todd Almond-Marcus Gardley play with music On the Levee for Lincoln Center Theater's developmental initiative, LCT3.
Chuck Cooper
Chuck Cooper Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Lear deBessonet conceived the project, which she will direct. On the Levee will run June 14-July 10 at the Duke on 42nd Street. An official opening has been set for June 28.

Cooper (The Life; Caroline, or Change; Finian's Rainbow), Cheatom (The Book of Grace, Zooman and the Sign), Sibbery (When the Rain Stops Falling, Spamalot), Numrich (Iphegenia 2.0) and Graham (Not About Nightingales) will lead a cast that also features Brian D. Coats (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Maria Couch (Phantom, Annie), Harriett D. Foy (The American Plan, Once On This Island), April Matthis (Snake Oil), Jacob Ming-Trent (Shrek), Stephen Plunkett (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Gone Missing) and Shelley Thomas (Brooklyn, Rent).

According to LCT3, "On the Levee tells the story of two fathers and sons — a white cotton farmer (Siberry) and his poet son (Numrich), and an African-American bootblack (Graham) and his offspring (Cheatom) — inspired by the Great Flood of 1927 in Greenville, Mississippi, when 5,000 black laborers were left stranded on a levee."

On the Levee will have set design by Peter Ksander, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Leon Rothenberg and projection design by Austin Switser. Cut-paper silhouette artist Kara Walker will collaborate on the production.

Almond has penned the musicals People Like Us, Ahraihsak and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, which will play Yale Rep this summer. His musical Girlfriend, which uses the Matthew Sweet album of the same title as its score, is currently playing the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Gardley is the author of the plays Love is a Dream House in Lorin, dance of the holy ghost, (L)imitations of Life and like sun fallin' in the mouth.

All tickets for LCT3 productions are priced $20. For tickets phone (646) 223-3010 or visit Dukeon42.

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Citing the need to develop strong relationships with new artists and to develop a new audience, and recognizing the frustrations that playwrights have with the current system of readings and workshops, Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of artistic director Andre Bishop and executive producer Bernard Gersten) created LCT3 to offer new artists fully staged productions. Lincoln Center Theater's long term plans for LCT3 call for the creation of a permanent venue to present the work of these artists; to that end a 99-seat theatre will be built in or near Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Paige Evans is the director of LCT3.

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