Wallace's Things of Dry Hours, with Lindo, Ruff and Dillahunt, Begins Off-Broadway May 22 | Playbill

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News Wallace's Things of Dry Hours, with Lindo, Ruff and Dillahunt, Begins Off-Broadway May 22 Delroy Lindo, Roslyn Ruff and Garret Dillahunt star in New York Theatre Workshop's Off-Broadway run of Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours, which begins previews May 22.
Delroy Lindo, Roslyn Ruff and Garret Dillahunt
Delroy Lindo, Roslyn Ruff and Garret Dillahunt

Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the new work from the author of One Flea Spare. The show opens June 8 for a run scheduled through June 28.

"Set in Depression-era Alabama," as show notes explain, Things of Dry Hours "tells the story of Tice Hogan (Lindo), an African American out-of-work Sunday school teacher and member of the Communist Party, and his daughter Cali (Ruff) whose lives get turned upside down when they take-in a mysterious white factory worker on the run."

Lindo, a Tony Award nominee for his last Broadway appearance in the original Joe Turner's Come and Gone, makes his return to the New York stage in more than 20 years. Also a Broadway vet of Master Harold and the Boys, he is known for his film work in "The Cider House Rules," "Heist," "A Life Less Ordinary," the small-screen adaptation of "The Exonerated" and the series "Kidnapped." Recently, he directed stagings of Joe Turner's Come and Gone and The Blue Door.

Ruff recently appeared in Athol Fugard's Coming Home at the Long Wharf Theatre. She has also appeared in "Rachel Getting Married" and Off-Broadway stagings of The Cherry Orchard, Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Taming of the Shrew.

Dillahunt recently put in notable turns on TV's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Life," and two different roles on HBO's "Deadwood." A Broadway veteran of 1996's revivals of Inherit the Wind and The Father, he has also appeared in the films "No Country for Old Men," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "The Last House on the Left." Designers for Things of Dry Hours include Richard Hoover (set), Karen Perry (costume), Marcus Doshi (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (sound and original music). Fight direction and effects are by David Leong. Composition is by Bill Sims.

Santiago-Hudson adapted his acclaimed solo stage show Lackawanna Blues for HBO (Lindo appeared in the work). The director (who also performs, writes and produces) has also staged Seven Guitars, The First Breeze of Summer and Gem of the Ocean. As an actor — seen in the recent Encores! run of Finian's Rainbow — he currently appears on "Castle" and has been seen on "Law & Order" and in the film "American Gangster."

Originally commissioned by The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, Things of Dry Hours was first produced by Pittsburgh Public Theater.

For ticket to Things of Dry Hours at NYTW, 79 East Fourth Street, call (212) 239-6200. For more information visit the website at www.nytw.org.

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