Harry Lennix, who played the bitter Aaron the Moor in Julie Taymor's "Titus," stars as a Negro League baseball player torn between his old teammates and breaking the color barrier alongside Jackie Robinson in The Last Season, making its West Coast premiere Sept. 14-Oct. 14 at Los Angeles' Stage 52. Chuck Smith directs.
Negro League hero Henry is at the head of the Montgomery Black Kings, fighting for their unprecedented third championship win in the league's World Series. But Robinson's success in joining the once all-white Majors tempts Henry to leave his teammates to integrate another team. Playwright Christopher Moore (the musicals St. Joan and Isabelita) developed the work at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Lennix will be seen in the upcoming "Matrix II" and "Matrix III." His theatre credits include three Joseph Jefferson Citations for Outstanding Performance and an Obie Award as Malcolm X in The Meeting.
Joining him in the cast are Glenn Bradshaw-Collins, Karl Calhoun, Amad Jackson, J.J. Jones, Dwain A. Perry and M. Darnell Smith.
The design team includes Edward Haynes (sets), Doc Ballard (lighting), Naila Aladdin-Sanders (costumes) and Anthony Carr (sound). John Freeland, Jr. is the production stage manager. Tickets are $20. Stage 52 is located at 5299 West Washington Boulevard. For reservations, call (818) 567-4249.
– By Christine Ehren