Knock Me a Kiss, With André De Shields and Original Off-Broadway Cast, Kicks Off Crossroads' Season Oct. 25
By Michael Gioia
Knock Me a Kiss, Charles Smith's play about the brief marriage of Yolande Du Bois, daughter of W.E.B. Du Bois, that features the original 2010 Off-Broadway cast, kicks off Crossroads Theatre Company's 2012-13 season Oct. 25 in New Brunswick, NJ.
Starring Tony Award nominee Andre De Shields as W.E.B. Du Bois — the role he created Off-Broadway — Knock Me a Kiss, according to Crossroads, "is an insightful look at the marriage of Yolande Du Bois and the famed poet Counte Cullen. It was the royal wedding of the Harlem Renaissance, arranged by Du Bois himself, but soon ended in divorce because of Cullen's latent homosexuality."
Directed by Chuck Smith, the co-production with Woodie King's Black Touring Circuit, also features Erin Cherry as Yolande Du Bois, Sean Phillips as Countee Cullen, Marie Thomas as Nina Du Bois, Morocoo Omari as Jimmy Lunceford and Gillian Glasco as Lenora.
Performances continue through Nov. 4.
Crossroads Theatre Company was founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson with the vision that "African-American theatre is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience." Crossroads received the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre
Crossroads Theatre Company is located at 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. For more information, visit CrossroadsTheatreCompany.org.
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