Walter Kerr Theatre, (4/16/1990 - 1/27/1991)

First Preview: Apr 10, 1990
Opening Date: Apr 16, 1990
Closing Date: Jan 27, 1991
Total Previews: 8
Total Performances: 328

Category: Play, Original, Broadway
Setting: The house of Doaker Charles where he lives with his niece, Berniece. Pittsburgh, 1936.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President)

Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director); Associate Producer: Stephen J. Albert

Originally mounted in 1987 by Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director) and Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director)

Written by August Wilson; Incidental music by Dwight D. Andrews; Incidental Music Director: Dwight D. Andrews

Directed by Lloyd Richards

Scenic Design by E. David Cosier, Jr.; Costume Design by Constanza Romero; Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind; Sound Design by G. Thomas Clark

Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai; General Manager: Laurel Ann Wilson; Company Manager: Sally Campbell

Production Stage Manager: Karen L. Carpenter; Stage Manager: Russell W. Johnson; Production Supervisor: Neil Mazzella

Casting: Meg Simon and Fran Kumin; General Press Representative: Jeffrey Richards Associates; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Marketing Consultant: Delphine Lester; Press Representative: David LeShay

Opening Night Cast

Charles S. DuttonBoy Willie
Rocky CarrollLymon
Apryl R. FosterMaretha
Carl GordonDoaker
Lisa Gay HamiltonGrace
Tommy HollisAvery
S. Epatha MerkersonBerniece
Lou MyersWining Boy

Understudies: Danny Robinson Clark (Wining Boy), Samuel L. Jackson (Boy Willie, Lymon), Khanya Mkhize (Maretha) and Kim Staunton (Berniece, Grace)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1990 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by August Wilson; Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Executive Producer: Benjamin Mordecai; Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre and Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director)

 1990 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Charles S. Dutton

 1990 Best Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Rocky Carroll

 1990 Best Featured Actress in a Play [nominee] 

S. Epatha Merkerson

 1990 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Lloyd Richards

Drama Desk Award

winner 1990 Outstanding New Play [winner] 

Produced by Lloyd Richards, Yale Repertory Theatre (Lloyd Richards: Artistic Director; Benjamin Mordecai: Managing Director), Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre (Gordon Davidson, Artistic/Producing Director), Gordon Davidson and Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President); Produced in association with The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company (Peter Altman, Producing Director; Michael Maso, Managing Director), Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (Jack O'Brien, Artistic Director; Thomas Hall, Managing Director) and Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Managing Director); Written by August Wilson

 1990 Outstanding Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Charles S. Dutton

 1990 Outstanding Actress in a Play [nominee] 

S. Epatha Merkerson

 1990 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [nominee] 

Rocky Carroll

 1990 Outstanding Director of a Play [nominee] 

Lloyd Richards

Pulitzer Prize

winner 1990 for Drama [winner] 

Written by August Wilson

 1989 for Drama [nominee] 

Written by August Wilson

Theatre World

winner 1990 Award [recipient] 

Rocky Carroll

winner 1990 Award [recipient] 

Tommy Hollis

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Walter Kerr Theatre

(4/16/1990 - 1/27/1991)

Cast

Rosalyn Coleman
Grace
Ernie Scott
Wining Boy

Understudies: John Henry Redwood (Avery, Doaker).


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