Resurrection, Cultural Pulse-Taking of African-American Men, Begins in Philly Jan. 23

News   Resurrection, Cultural Pulse-Taking of African-American Men, Begins in Philly Jan. 23
 
Resurrection, Daniel Beaty's new play about five African-American men whose lives are transformed by an extraordinary ten-year old boy, gets its Philadelphia premiere Jan. 23-Feb. 22.
Turron Kofi Alleyne and Alvin Keith (background) in Resurrection at Hartford Stage
Turron Kofi Alleyne and Alvin Keith (background) in Resurrection at Hartford Stage Photo by Scott Suchman

Philadelphia Theatre Company produces the Oz Scott-directed new play by award-winning playwright Beaty, at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 South Broad Street.

This production reunites the cast that developed the work at Arena Stage and Hartford Stage: Turron Kofi Allyene, Che Ayende, Thuliso Dingwall, Alvin Keith and Jeffery V. Thompson, with the addition of Keith Randolph Smith. According to PTC, "This story of possibility and hope examines what it means to be a black man in America today." The men of the play range in age from 20 to 60. Opening is Jan. 28.

"I first became aware of Daniel Beaty's original voice and formidable talent when I saw a performance of Emergence-SEE! at Freedom Theater in 2005," Sara Garonzik, PTC's producing artistic director, said in program notes. "We are fortunate in being able to participate in the development of his newest work. Resurrection's themes as well as its use of an all-male ensemble are fresh and exciting and very much of this cultural moment."

Playwright Beaty stated, "The story of black men in America is one that is historically and presently too often one of difficulty and confrontation, from the experience of slavery to the current statistics about black men. My hope for Resurrection is that black men will feel their stories are being told in a manner that honors and challenges them, and that others will have more compassion and understanding of the complexities of issues facing the black male in America."

Beaty has worked throughout the United States, Europe and Africa as an actor, singer, writer and composer in a variety of styles ranging from television to solo concerts to theatrical productions to opera. His one-man play, Emergence-SEE! (now known as Emergency), garnered critical praise and awards, including an Obie Award for Excellence in Off-Broadway Theater for Writing and Performing, and an AUDELCO Award for Solo Performance. Director Oz Scott began his directing career on Broadway with for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. He directed PTC's production of Pill Hill by Samuel Kelley in 1991 and more recently directed the premiere of The Ballad of Emmett Till for the Goodman Theatre.

Resurrection brings together the creative team that earned raves for the Hartford production: set designer G.W. Mercier, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Jason Arnold and sound designer Michael Miceli.

For more information call (215) 985-0420 or visit PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.

The cast of <i>Resurrection</i> at Hartford Stage, 2008
The cast of Resurrection at Hartford Stage, 2008 Photo by Scott Suchman
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