A Mother, a Tragedy and Samba Punctuate West Coast Premiere of Night Is a Child

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04 Sep 2009

Sybyl Walker holds JoBeth Williams in <I>The Night Is a Child</I>
Sybyl Walker holds JoBeth Williams in The Night Is a Child
Photo by Craig Schwartz
Stage and screen star JoBeth Williams, of "The Big Chill" and "Poltergeist," heads the cast of the Pasadena Playhouse's West Coast premiere production of Charles Randolph-Wright's Brazilian-flavored The Night Is a Child, opening Sept. 4 after previews from Aug. 28.

Directed by Sheldon Epps, the play will continue to Oct. 4 at the California venue.

The Night Is a Child, according to Pasadena Playhouse, "draws on magical realism, Samba, and the cultural pulse of Brazil to tell the tale of one mother and her family, as they seek understanding, redemption and acceptance after a tragedy leaves them torn apart. Ultimately, it's a story of healing, hope and letting go."

Williams portrays the role of Harriet Eason with Monette Magrath as Jane, Armando McClain as Henrique, Maceo Oliver as Joel, Tyler Pierce as Brian Easton and Sybyl Walker as Bia Ferrera.

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In a statement director Epps said, "I am so happy to be directing this fascinating play by one of my favorite collaborators and a respected and valuable colleague. Charles has created a dynamic and colorful tapestry for this moving and incredibly topical story. We’ve been able to bring together a tremendous cast, which will be superbly led by JoBeth Williams, an actress who I’ve long hoped would grace the stage of the Playhouse. I know that she and her equally gifted cast members will deliver this play with great skill and passion for the material. I look forward to a rewarding artistic journey with this material and this fine company of actors."

The Night Is a Child opened at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in March 2008. The production was developed at Pasadena Playhouse's Hot House New Play Development Program in March 2006.

Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue. For tickets call (626) 356-7529 or visit www.Pasadenaplayhouse.org.