"Set in Depression-era Alabama," as show notes explain, Things of Dry Hours "tells the story of Tice Hogan (Lindo), an African American out-of-work Sunday school teacher and member of the Communist Party, and his daughter Cali (Ruff) whose lives get turned upside down when they take-in a mysterious white factory worker on the run."
Dillahunt recently put in notable turns on TV's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Life," and two different roles on HBO's "Deadwood." A Broadway veteran of 1996's revivals of Inherit the Wind and The Father, he has also appeared in the films "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and the current "The Last House on the Left."
Lindo, a Tony Award nominee for his last Broadway appearance in the original Joe Turner's Come and Gone, makes his return to the New York stage in more than 20 years. Also a Broadway vet of Master Harold and the Boys, he is known for his film turns in "The Cider House Rules," "Heist," "A Life Less Ordinary," the small-screen adaptation of "The Exonerated" and the series "Kidnapped." Recently, he has directed stagings of Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Blue Door.
Ruff recently appeared in Athol Fugard's Coming Home at the Long Wharf Theatre. She has also appeared in "Rachel Getting Married" and Off-Broadway stagings of The Cherry Orchard, Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Taming of the Shrew. Santiago-Hudson adapted his acclaimed solo stage show Lackawanna Blues for HBO (Lindo appeared in the work). The director (who also performs, writes and produces) has also staged Seven Guitars, The First Breeze of Summer and Gem of the Ocean. As an actor — seen in the recent Encores! run of Finian's Rainbow — he currently appears on "Castle" and has been seen on "Law & Order" and in the film "American Gangster."
Originally commissioned by The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Things of Dry Hours was first produced by Pittsburgh Public Theater.
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