Phylicia Rashad Directs Reading of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, Starring Tracie Thoms and Christopher J. Hanke
28 Aug 2013
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famed "I Have a Dream" speech, the La Jolla Playhouse is hosting a reading Aug. 28 at 6 PM of Michael Benjamin Washington’s play Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin.
The cast of the developmental reading, which is not open to the public, includes playwright Washington as Bayard Rustin, Christopher J. Hanke as Davis Platt Jr., Gerard Joseph as Martin Luther King Jr., Roger Robinson as A. Philip Randolph and Tracie Thoms as Miriam Caldwell. Tony winner Phylicia Rashad directs.
"Set in the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963," press notes state, "trade unionist A. Philip Randolph, calls upon his star pupil, Bayard Rustin, to mastermind 'a tribute to the ancestors' exactly one hundred years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation."
In other Playhouse news, the world premiere of Daniel Beaty's The Tallest Tree in the Forest, a new work focusing on the life of world-renowned African-American artist and activist Paul Robeson, will be presented in October.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.