Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson continues his Lackawanna Blues tour of regional theatres Nov. 1-Dec. 1 when the solo show stops at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. Loretta Greco (Two Sisters and a Piano) directs, as she did with Lackawanna's premiere at New York City's Public Theater.
Santiago-Hudson, known for his TV appearances on "NYPD Blue" and "Michael Hayes" and his Tony win for Seven Guitars, plays over twenty characters in Lackwanna Blues, set in his home town of Lackawanna, New York in 1956. The Obie-winning drama centers on Miss Rachel's boarding house, where a parade of eccentric, dreaming and lost souls come to stay. Original blues music is composed and performed live by guitarist and Obie winner Bill Sims, Jr.
In fall, 2001, Lackawanna Blues played New Jersey's McCarter Theatre after closing a successful run at the Public May 27. Santiago-Hudson has recently taken the piece to Seattle's Intiman Theatre and Williamstown Theatre Festival (Aug. 21-25). The tour will make a final stop at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre for a run Jan. 8-Feb. 9.
American Conservatory Theatre's Geary Theatre is located at 415 Geary Street. For ticket information, call (415) 749-2250. American Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.act-sfbay.org.
— By Christine Ehren