Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles has announced casting for its fall production of Head of Passes by playwright and Moonlight Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. The play, which is inspired by the Book of Job and explores family, acceptance and the power of faith, premiered in New York last spring at the Public Theater with direction by Tina Landau.
Landau returns to direct the West Coast staging, with performances set to begin September 13. Joining the previously announced Phylicia Rashad—who starred in the Off-Broadway staging—will be much of the original Off-Broadway cast: Alana Arenas, Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, J. Bernard Calloway, and John Earl Jelks.
New to the cast will be James Carpenter and Jacqueline Williams. The engagement is scheduled to run through October 22.
Rashad returns to the role of Shelah, whose family and friends have come to celebrate her birthday under her leaky roof at the mouth of the Mississipi River. Unexpected events turn the reunion into the ultimate test of faith and love.
The production will feature scenic design by G.W. Mercier, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.
McCraney is a MacArthur "Genius" Award winner whose earlier works include Antony and Cleopatra and The Brother/Sister Plays. He co-wrote the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, which is based on his play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.
Flip through photos of Head of Passes at the Public Theater: