Parson Will Direct Home for Signature Theatre Company

News   Parson Will Direct Home for Signature Theatre Company Ron OJ Parson, a co-founder and former artistic director of the Onyx Theatre Ensemble of Chicago as well as a co-founder and co-director of the Ripe Mango Productions Film and Television Production Company, will direct Home for the Signature Theatre Company this fall.

As previously announced, Samm-Art Williams' play will be seen at the Off-Broadway venue Nov. 11, 2008-Jan. 4, 2009. Opening night is scheduled for Dec. 7.

Casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.

Home, according to press notes, "is a wonderfully theatrical tale of one man's struggle to stay true to himself amidst a rapidly changing and turbulent America. Leaving behind his family's farm in North Carolina, Cephus Miles seeks refuge and prosperity in the North. Three actors portray more than twenty-five characters over the course of Cephus's epic journey from adolescence to adulthood, spanning the 1950's through the Vietnam War and Civil Rights eras."

Director Parson's upcoming directorial slate includes the world premiere of Joanna M. Glass' Palmer Park at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, the Pittsburgh premiere of August Wilson's Radio Golf, Wilson's Gem of the Ocean at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and two more productions at the Court Theatre: Frederick Knott's Wait Until Dark and Wilson's The Piano Lesson.

Signature's 2008-09 season celebrates the Negro Ensemble Company (NEC). Performances play the Peter Norton Space, located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). Through the Signature Ticket Initiative all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) are underwritten and are available for $20 every performance for the entire season.

Subscriptions to the Negro Ensemble Company season are on sale by visiting www.signaturetheatre.org or by calling (212) 244-PLAY (7529).

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