PHOTO CALL: The First Breeze of Summer Opens Off-Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: The First Breeze of Summer Opens Off-Broadway The Signature Theatre Company's revival of The First Breeze of Summer, starring Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams, opened at the Peter Norton Space Aug. 21.

Playwright Leslie Lee's Obie Award-winning 1975 work centers around "the struggles of three generations of the Edwards family. Gremmar (Uggams), the family matriarch, looks back on her past and considers its legacy for her children and grandchildren as they confront the choices that will define their futures." Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the cast also features Quincy Dunn Baker (Romeo and Juliet), Harvey Blanks (Tabletop), Yaya DaCosta (Honeydripper), Sandra Daley (Defying Gravity), Crystal Anne Dickinson (Tyler Perry's "House of Payne"), Brandon Dirden (Prelude to a Kiss), Jason Dirden (Two Trains Running), Marva Hicks (Caroline, or Change), John Earl Jelks (Radio Golf), Tuck Milligan (Book of Days), Gilbert Owuor (The Brothers Size), Brenda Pressley (Dreamgirls) and Keith Randolph Smith (Come Back, Little Sheba).

Performances continue through Sept. 28 at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues).

As part of The Signature Ticket Initiative, all tickets for The First Breeze of Summer are priced at $20.

For more information visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).

Here is a look at the opening-night arrivals, curtain call and the post-show party, which was held at the 44 1/2 Cafe on Tenth Avenue:

Kate Mulgrew
Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Curtain Call
Curtain Call
Crystal Anne Dickinson and Brandon Dirden
Playwright Leslie Lee and Leslie Uggams
Veanne Cox and fight director Thomas Schall
Harvey Blanks
From left: Quincy Dunn-Baker, Keith Randolph Smith, Brandon Dirden, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Leslie Uggams and Jason Dirden
The cast of The First Breeze of Summer

Photos by Aubrey Reuben