The actor steps into the story of the first African-American chief butler at the White House following the untimely 2003 death of John Henry Redwood, the originator of this solo role in regional runs. James Still penned the play and will direct at the DC venue devoted to plays and musicals about the American experience.
Wright appeared in Tom Walker, Uncle Vanya, Arcadia, I Am a Man and Coming of the Hurricane at Washington's Arena Stage. He has also appeared at the Old Globe Theater, Hartford Stage and Vancouver Playhouse.
"Looking Over the President's Shoulder is the story of Alonzo Fields, an African-American who dreamed of becoming an opera star, but because of circumstances, took a job at the White House, where he remained 21 years," according to production notes. "Fields' story is told in a captivating evening of informative storytelling, musical interludes and exquisite impressions."
Designers are Russell Metheny (set), Kathleen Egan (costume), Darren McCroom (lighting) and Michael Keck (sound). Ford's Theatre Society, founded by the late Frankie Hewitt, is a not-for-profit corporation created to produce live entertainment on Ford's historic stage. Ford's Theatre "produces musicals and plays that underscore the eclectic character of American life."
Ford's Theatre has presented nearly 70 musicals and more than two-dozen world premieres during the last 35 seasons.
Tickets range $29-$45. For information, call 202 347-4833 or visit www.fordstheatre.org .