PHOTO CALL: Denzel Washington, Betty Buckley, Aasif Mandvi and More Celebrate Opening Night of Stop. reset.

By Joseph Marzullo
09 Sep 2013

Stop. reset. officially opened Sept. 8 following previews that began Aug. 20 at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.





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Carl Lumbly and Denzel Washington
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The world-premiere production continues through Sept. 29. 

Written and directed by Regina Taylor, the cast features Michi Barall (Queens Boulevard, An Oresteia) as Deb, Teagle Bougere (Wings, A Raisin in the Sun) as Chris, Ismael Cruz Cordova ("Sesame Street") as J., LaTanya Richardson Jackson (The Fighting Temptations) as Jan, Carl Lumbly (Jitney, "Alias") as Alex Ames and Donald Sage Mackay ("Scrubs") as Tim.

"As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world," press notes state. "When he meets J., a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think."

The creative team includes Neil Patel (scenic design), Karen Perry (costume design), Lap Chi Chu (lighting design), Robert Kaplowitz (sound design), Shawn Sagady (projection design), Valerie Gladstone (hair and make-up design), Rick Sordelet (fight direction) and Stephen Gabis (vocal and dialect coach). Casting is by Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA. Gwen Gilliam is production stage manager.

The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.

Subscriptions to Signature Theatre and tickets to individual productions can be purchased by calling the Signature Theatre Box Office at (212) 244-7529 or by visiting signaturetheatre.org.