McClinton to Stage World Premiere of The Fall of Heaven in Cincinnati

News   McClinton to Stage World Premiere of The Fall of Heaven in Cincinnati The world premiere of award-winning author Walter Mosley's The Fall of Heaven will begin performances at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park Jan. 23.

Tony nominee Marion McClinton (King Hedley II) will direct the production based on Mosley's novel "The Tempest Tales," that runs through Feb. 20. Mosley has also penned "Devil in a Blue Dress," "Six Easy Pieces" and "The Long Fall."

Playhouse producing artistic director Edward Stern said in a statement, "Walter Mosley loves theatre and wanted to do a play for years. The subject matter, the material, the characters and the language are all absolutely unique to Walter. For me, to have our audiences be the first to see this celebrated author writing for the stage was really quite significant."

The cast will feature Leland Gantt as Tempest Landry, Joy C. Hooper as Alfreda and Darlene, Anthony Marble as Basil Bob and St. Peter, Esau Pritchett as Joshua Angel and Heather Alicia Simms as Branwyn Weeks.

The Fall of Heaven, according to press notes, "is about Tempest Landry, a street-wise young man living in Harlem who accidentally gets shot and unexpectedly finds himself at the Pearly Gates. When Saint Peter orders him to hell, the quick-witted Tempest refuses to go, believing he was justified in his actions."

The design team includes set designer David Gallo, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Donald Holder, and sound designers Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. For tickets phone (513) 421-3888 or visit CincyPlay.

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