Ma Rainey's Dutton to Perform Unrefined at Fortune Society Benefit

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Charles S. Dutton, best known to Broadway audiences for his performances in the original and revival productions of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, will perform at an upcoming benefit for The Fortune Society.
Charles S. Dutton
Charles S. Dutton Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Oct. 4 benefit at the John Houseman Theatre (450 West 42nd Street) will feature Dutton's one-man show, Unrefined. The Fortune Society is the premiere ex-prisoner service and advocacy agency chaired by Edward Albee, Tom Duane, Eve Ensler and B. Smith. As an ex-offender, actor Dutton is a long-time supporter of the Society. Following the 6:30 performance will be dinner at B. Smith's Restaurant, 320 West 46th Street.

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."

Tickets range from $135-$250. Call (212) 691-7554, ext. 525 for reservations.

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