Marcus Gardley's Black Odyssey Finds Its Stars for Off-Broadway Run | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Marcus Gardley's Black Odyssey Finds Its Stars for Off-Broadway Run

Stevie Walker-Webb will direct the Harlem-set reimagining of The Odyssey at Classic Stage Company.

Boyce Johnson and D. Woods

Full casting and creative team have been announced for Classic Stage Company's upcoming production of Marcus Gardley's (The Color Purple film adaptationThe House That Will Not Stand) black odyssey. Previews will begin February 9 for the Off-Broadway run, which will open February 26 for an engagement through March 26.

Stevie Walker-Webb (Ain’t No Mo’) will direct a cast that includes James T. Alfred (Jitney national tour) as Deus, Tẹmídayọ Amay (School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play) as Benevolence, Harriett D. Foy (Amélie) as Aunt Tee, Marcus Gladney Jr. (Choir Boy) as Malachai Lincoln, Sean Boyce Johnson (For Life) as Ulysses Lincoln, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black) as Alsendra Sabine, Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney) as Paw Sidin, Lance Coadie Williams (Sweat) as Artez Sabine, and D. Woods (For Colored Girls…) as Nella P. Lincoln.

Gardley reimagines The Odyssey with a blend of classic mythology and African-American history as it follows a soldier named Ulysses Lincoln in modern-day Harlem. As he faces a daunting journey to reunite with his family, and seemingly without control over his own fate, his ancestors and their buried history help Ulysses as he makes his way home.

The production will feature set design by David Goldstein, costume design by Kindall Almond, lighting design by Adam Honoré, prop supervision by Alexander Wylie, music direction by Linda Tillery, co-music direction by Molly Holm, choreography by Aquila Kikora Franklin, and assistant direction by PJ Johnnie Jr. Jakob W. Plummer will serve as production stage manager and TaTyana Smith as assistant stage manager. Casting is by X Casting and Victor Vazquez.

Black odyssey was originally developed and produced at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Classic Stage Company originally planned to present the play last season, but ultimately had to postpone the production due to COVID-19. 

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Take a look at the Off-Broadway production of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand below.

First Look at Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand Off-Broadway


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