"The Wire" Actor Akinnagbe to Explore Faith in The Thin Place at the Intiman

News   "The Wire" Actor Akinnagbe to Explore Faith in The Thin Place at the Intiman Gbenga Akinnagbe, best known for his role on "The Wire," will star in the world premiere of Sonya Schneider's The Thin Place at the Intiman Theatre.
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Gbenga Akinnagbe

Andrew Russell, who conceived the solo play based on a 2009 podcast on "This American Life," will also direct the Seattle production that runs May 14-June 13. An official opening has been set for May 21. Intiman artistic director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, The Miracle Worker) and associate Andrew Russell were inspired by the podcast "Return to the Scene of the Crime," in which author Dan Savage described his return to faith following the death of his mother. Journalist Marcie Sillman was commissioned to interview Seattle-area individuals to share their personal stories of faith and crisis, and playwright Schneider was brought on board to create a unified theatrical evening from the interviews.

The Thin Place, according to the Intiman, centers on "Isaac, the son of a Pentecostal minister. Doubting his father, his faith and his community and suffering from mysterious episodes, Isaac sets out on a journey to find faith—or accept God’s absence. The strangers he encounters in unexpected places (characters crafted from the interviews) become his guides, with Akinnagbe portraying all the roles."

Tony-nominated Color Purple choreographer Donald Byrd serves as movement consultant for the production that has scenic and costume design by Etta Lilienthal, lighting design by Ben Zamora and sound design by Matt Starritt.

Akinnagbe has appeared Off-Broadway in Henry V, The Controversy of Valladolid and A View from 151 Street. He portrays Chris Partlow on HBO's "The Wire."

Tickets for productions at the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, can be purchased by calling (206) 269-1900.

For more information visit Intiman.org.

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