Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon to Head Cast of Same Time Next Year in Atlanta

News   Phylicia Rashad and Kenny Leon to Head Cast of Same Time Next Year in Atlanta
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun, Gem of the Ocean) and Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon will co-star in Bernard Slade's Same Time Next Year for Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company next summer.

Director Kenny Leon
Director Kenny Leon Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Leon (Fences, The Mountaintop, Stick Fly) is the artistic director of the Atlanta theatre company that grounds its programming in African-American classics and new interpretations of world drama.

The 2013-14 season follows:

Written by George C. Wolfe
Adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston
Music by Chic Street Man
Directed by Hilda Willis
Sept. 17-Oct. 13
"The first of Spunk's stories, 'Sweat,' tells of a young washer woman who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband, and her ultimate triumph over him. The second story, 'Story in Harlem Slang,' is told in 1940's Harlemese. It is the tale of two street lotharios trying to out-hustle each other. The third and final tale, 'The Gilded Six Bits,' is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband's betrayal by his loving but innocent wife."

Written by David Mamet
Directed by John Dillon
Feb. 25-March 23, 2014
"Two high-profile lawyers—one black, one white—are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of an African American woman, when a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a complex case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand."

Same Time Next Year
Written by Bernard Slade
Directed by Chris Coleman
Starring Rashad and and Leon
July 8-Aug. 3, 2014
"The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married – to other people – who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century's worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love." For tickets phone (404) 532-1901 or visit TrueColorsTheatre.

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