The Culture Project and Allan Buchman in association with Nile Rogers We are Family Foundation present the work set to begin previews at the Century Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 21 and open Oct. 6. David Schweizer (Wintertime) directs.
Reg E. Cathey ("Everyday People") and Lynn Whitfield ("The Josephine Baker Story") lead a cast that includes Nora Dunn ("Saturday Night Live"), Erik Laray Harvey (The Exonerated, Where's My Money), Paul H. Juhn (wAve, Destination America) and Samantha Soule (Dinner at Eight, Valhalla).
White Chocolate centers on Brandon (Cathey) and Deborah Beale (Whitfield), a married and affluent couple living on New York City's Upper West Side who are readying themselves for the announcement of the husband's appointment as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, things don't go exactly as planned as the white couple awake to find their skin color has changed.
Cathey has played on Broadway in The Green Bird and Off-Broadway in Talk, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Macbeth, Crowbar and Bad Penny. He has also appeared in such films as "S.W.A.T.," "A Cold Day in August," "Pooty Tang," "American Psycho," "Seven," "Clear and Present Danger" and "What About Bob?"
Whitfield is known for her turns in film and television in "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate," "Eve's Bayou" and her Emmy Award-winning turn in "The Josephine Baker Story." Her stage credits include the national tours of The Great MacDaddy Musical and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Playwright Hamilton has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine and The New York Times Sunday Magazine and Gourmet in addition to his duties at the New Yorker.
The design team for White Chocolate includes James Noone (set), David Weiner (lighting) and David Zinn (costume).
Tickets to White Chocolate, at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, 111 East 15 Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information on The Culture Project, visit the website at http://www.45bleecker.com.