The work will end its Off-Broadway run at the Jan. 30 matinee following 12 previews and 131 regular performances. A staging at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland is planned.
Reg E. Cathey ("Everyday People") and Lynn Whitfield ("The Josephine Baker Story") star as the wealthy white couple who wake up black in the work by New Yorker cartoonist and writer William Hamilton. Previews began Sept. 21 and the show officially opened Oct. 6. David Schweizer (Wintertime) directs.
The Culture Project and Allan Buchman in association with Nile Rogers We Are Family Foundation present the White Chocolate that also stars Erik Laray Harvey (The Exonerated, Where's My Money), Paul H. Juhn (wAve, Destination America), Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) and Samantha Soule (Dinner at Eight, Valhalla).
White Chocolate centers on Brandon (Cathey) and Deborah Beale (Whitfield), a married and affluent couple living on New York City's Upper West Side who are readying themselves for the announcement of the husband's appointment as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, things don't go exactly as planned when the white couple awake to find their skin color has changed.
Playwright Hamilton has written for The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine and The New York Times Sunday Magazine and Gourmet in addition to his duties at the New Yorker. The design team for White Chocolate includes James Noone (set), David Weiner (lighting) and David Zinn (costume).
Tickets to White Chocolate, at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, 111 East 15 Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information on The Culture Project, visit the website at http://www.45bleecker.com.