"The Knick" Star Set to Lead Cast of World-Premiere Athol Fugard Play

News   "The Knick" Star Set to Lead Cast of World-Premiere Athol Fugard Play
Signature Theatre has announced casting for the world premiere of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, written and directed by Athol Fugard ("Master Harold"...and the Boys, Blood Knot), winner of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Tony Award and previous Signature playwright-in-resident at the Off-Broadway theatre. 

The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek explores the history of apartheid and will tell the story of aging farmer and artist Nukain, played by Leon Addison Brown (Cinemax's "The Knick," The Train Driver). Brown's character is inspired by the real life of South African artist Nukain Mabusa.

Performances will run April 21-May 31 with an official opening night scheduled for May 11.

The cast will also feature Bianca Amato (Macbeth), Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion Kingand Tony Award nonimee Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!). 

In The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, aging farmer Nukain is approaching the end of a life-long project, that of painting the rocks at Revolver Creek and transforming the land into a colorful garden of painted flowers. According to press notes, "Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare."

The design team includes Christopher H. Barreca (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Stowe Nelson (sound design), Barbara Rubin (dialect coach). Linda Marvel is the production stage manager. Casting by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA. Performances will take place at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd St. To purchase tickets call (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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