Ma Rainey's Dutton to Pay Tribute to August Wilson Jan. 18-21

News   Ma Rainey's Dutton to Pay Tribute to August Wilson Jan. 18-21 Charles S. Dutton, best known to Broadway audiences for his performances in the original and revival productions of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, will pay tribute to the late playwright Jan. 18-21 at the El Portal Mainstage in California.
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Entitled Good Night Mr. Wilson, the evenings will feature scenes from such Wilson plays as The Piano Lesson and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. The production will also feature actress Bonita Brisker. Charles S. Dutton received a 1985 Tony Award nomination for his work in the original production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; his other nomination came for another Wilson play, The Piano Lesson. Perhaps best known for his TV series "Roc," Dutton's other screen credits include roles in "No Mercy," "A Low Down Dirty Shame," "Nick of Time," "Blind Faith" and "Black Dog."

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson died Oct. 3, 2005 of lung cancer. Mr. Wilson was 60. On Oct. 16 the Virginia Theatre was renamed the August Wilson Theatre in his honor. Among his many plays are Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney and King Hedley II.

Good Night Mr. Wilson will be presented Wed.-Sat. at 8 PM with a matinee on Sat. at 3 PM. Tickets, priced $25-$55, are available by calling (323) 960-7612. The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA.