Public Theater's Newspaper Drama, The Story, Opens Dec. 10 With Rashad

News   Public Theater's Newspaper Drama, The Story, Opens Dec. 10 With Rashad Tracey Scott Wilson's urban newspaper drama, The Story, a co-production between The Public Theater and Long Wharf Theatre, opens Dec. 10 at the Public in Manhattan.

The Story concerns an African-American reporter who searches for the truth behind the brutal murder of a white man. Loretta Greco will direct the production.

The company includes Phylicia Rashad and Erika Alexander are Kalimi Baxter, Tammi Clayton, Damon Gupton, Michelle Hurst, Stephen Kunken (Broadway's Proof), Susan Kelechi Watson and Sarah Grace Wilson.

Previews begin Nov. 18 at the Public Theater's Anspacher Theater.

The Story will have scenic design by Robert Brill, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by James Vermeulen and sound design by Rob Kaplowitz.

Rashad, the former "The Cosby Show" matriarch, has been a more and more common sight Off-Broadway. In summer 2001, she starred in Charles Randolph Wright's Blue, a sleeper hit for the Roundabout Theatre Company. Two years earlier, she played Harlem Renaissance luminary Zora Neale Hurston in Thulani Davis' Everybody's Ruby, at the Public Theater. Regionally, she's acted Pearl Cleage's Blues For an Alabama Sky, Medea in Atlanta and Here's to Life in Syracuse. Oddly enough, Alexander also starred on "The Cosby Show," from 1990 to 1992 as Pamela Tucker. Her films include "54" and "Full Frontal."

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