Linney's adaptation of the best selling novel by Ernest J. Gaines had its New York debut at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company in fall 2000. The story looks at the intense friendship struck between two black men in 1940s, small-town Louisiana — one a convict, sentenced to die and the other, a schoolteacher, who has already given up. The play was originally commissioned and performed by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Starring in the Steppenwolf staging is company ensemble member Robert Breuler, as well as Sean Cooper, Tory O. Davis, Bakesta King, Alma Washington, Eltony Williams and Dexter Zollicoffer.
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