A month after Cuttin' Up's hit premiere on Father's Day comes news that the all-star benefit reading of Charles Randolph-Wright's play about the time-honored tradition of the Black barbershop will enjoy an encore stream August 6–9.
The live-to-tape performance, available exclusively on Playbill.com/PlaybillPlayback/CuttinUp, kicks off at noon ET, August 6. Viewers will be able to donate a suggested donation of $10, and all proceeds go to The Classical Theatre of Harlem. The stream will be available until 11:59 PM ET, April 9.
Directed by Carl Cofield, CTH's associate artistic director, the cast of Cuttin' Up is comprised of Emmy winner Joe Morton, Blair Underwood, Dyllon Burnside, Tisha Campbell, Charles Browning, Godfrey The Comedian, Reynaldo Piniella, and Marcel Spears.
First seen at Arena Stage in 2005, and then subsequently around the country, Cuttin' Up is based on Craig Marberry's book Cuttin' Up: Wit and Wisdom From Black Barbershops.
The reading will feature sound by Fred Kennedy and projections by Brittney Bland. The stage manager is Cody Renard Richard. The show's producers are Brian Moreland (American Buffalo, The Sound Inside), Ron Simons (Ain’t Too Proud), and Pamela and Tim Kashani of Apples and Oranges.
Prior to theatres shutting in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Randolph-Wright's Blue, with music by Nona Hendryx, was set to play a 16-week run at the Apollo Theater in the spring. Read more here.