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Kim Sullivan and L. Peter Callender: In Conversation

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On Sunday, January 8th, L. Peter Callender (Director of JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) and Kim Sullivan (Seth in JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE) joined us for a conversation on August Wilson, the American Century Cycle, and their preparation for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (performances begin January 18th).

Highlights:

Kim Sullivan:
They think August Wilson writes violent plays, but not all of them. Some of them are more spiritual, some of them are more mystical, some of them are more magical…this [JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE] is the most magical. 

L. Peter Callender:
We’ve had laughter and tears in rehearsal, we’ve talked about spirituality and spiritualism. My take on the play is very spiritual, August Wilson is a very spiritual man, I think this play is an opus to the rapture. I think the word “song” in the play represents “spirit.” One needs to find his “spirit” in the world. All of our leaders, or our guides, they have a “song” that is their own.  
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JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE (2017) – Trailer

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Take a look at our trailer for JOE TURNER’S COME & GONE by August Wilson, directed by L. Peter Callender.

Performances begin January 18, 2017 | Click Here for Tickets & Info

This production is the final installment in American Stage’s American Century Cycle series.

Join us for the epic conclusion of American Stage’s journey through August Wilson’s Century Cycle. In a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, owners Seth and Bertha Holly play host to a makeshift family of people who come to stay – some for days, some longer. Each denizen of the boardinghouse has a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. They include proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South, and a mysterious stranger searching for his wife. One of the most spellbinding and emotionally rich plays in the Cycle, JOE TURNER shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women determined to take their rightful place in a new world.

How do you discover your identity when your heritage has been stolen from you?… Read the rest