PHOTO CALL: Rashad Gives Public Theatre The Scoop in The Story, Now In Previews

News   PHOTO CALL: Rashad Gives Public Theatre The Scoop in The Story, Now In Previews The Story, a contemporary drama about an urban newspaper starring Phylicia Rashad is now in previews at the Public Theatre/Anspacher for a Dec. 10 opening.
Top: Erika Alexander (Yvonne) and Stephen Kunken (Jeff), Bottom: Tammi Clayton (Latisha) in The Story
Top: Erika Alexander (Yvonne) and Stephen Kunken (Jeff), Bottom: Tammi Clayton (Latisha) in The Story Photo by Michal Daniel

The play, by Tracey Scott Wilson, centers around a certain event in the daily goings-on of the newspaper, of which Rashad's character is editor of the urban black section. The story looks at what happens when a new reporter (Erika Alexander) comes across a break in the story of the brutal murder of white school teacher, in an unamed racially divided American city. The news threatens to undermine everyone involved.

Rashad is best known for her work on "The Cosby Show" but has recently become something of a fixture in New York theatre. Her credits over the past few years include; Charles Randolph Wright's Blue, Zora Neale Hurston in Thulani Davis' Everybody's Ruby, also at the Public Theater, and Here's to Life in Syracuse. At the regional level, she's acted Pearl Cleage's Blues For an Alabama Sky and Medea.

The Story is directed by Loretta Greco, with settings by Robert Brill, costumes by Emilio Sosa, lights by James Vermeulen, and sound by Rob Kaplowitz.

Phylicia Rashad (Pat) and Erika Alexander (Yvonne) in <i>The Story</i>
Phylicia Rashad (Pat) and Erika Alexander (Yvonne) in The Story Photo by Michal Daniel