Yellowman, OBIE winner Dael Orlandersmith's latest drama, continues its regional tour with a stop at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, April 3-May 5.
The two hander, starring Orlandersmith and Howard Overshown (Blue), has already been seen at Princeton's McCarter Theatre and Philadelphia's Wilma Theatre (through March 17). It will move on to Seattle's ACT, July 5-Aug. 4. In fall 2002, Manhattan Theatre Club will mount the play.
Yelloman takes its title from the skin-tone definition among African Americans, those who are dark skinned and the lighter-skinned persons who are considered "yellow." In the play, dark-skinned Alma (Orlandersmith) and light-skinned Eugene (Overshown) feel destined to love one another, if they can overcome their prejudices against one another's color. Orlandersmith also penned Monster and The Gimmick.
Director Blanka Zizka is co-artistic director of the Wilma. A Barrymore Award-winner, Zizka helmed Jim Cartwright's Road, Avenue X and The Invention of Love.
Designing Yellowman are Klara Zieglerova (sets), Janus Stefanowicz (costumes), Russell H. Champa (lights) and Elliott Sharp (composer). Tickets are $45-$15. For reservations, call (203) 787-4282. The Long Wharf Theatre is on the web at http://www.longwharf.org.
— By Christine Ehren