Award Winning “Joe Turner’s Come And Gone” Returns to L.A.

Categories // Entertainment Monday, 06 May 2013

Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner August Wilson, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” is on stage now at the Mark Taper Forum at the Los Angeles Music Center through June 9th.

Set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911, “Turner” chronicles a time period in which many African Americans were moving northward to find better financial opportunities and misplaced family. The ensemble features a continually changing cast as different characters move in and out of the boarding house.

Since the play’s initial debut in 1984, “Joe Turner” has won a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, A Drama Desk Award, and a Tony Award, for Best Play.

“Turner” stars Keith David, best known for his roles in films Requiem for a Dream and Crash, and Tony Award winning actress Lillias White, known for her stage and film performances in The Life, Pieces of April, and Hercules. It also features Skye Barett, a ten-year-old actress who’s already appeared on TV series “ER” and “House M.D”.

Perhaps the most familiar face is the director of the play, Phylicia Rashad, beloved mother on “The Cosby Show,” and the first African American actress to win a Tony Award.

“What Wilson did with that subject matter was extraordinary. And the relevance that they hold today,” Rashad said. “The crafting of the play. The subtleties. The poetic text that is so simple and readily discernable. The part with which he has written the unending unraveling that just happens everyday in deeper meaning and understanding.­”

It has been heralded by the New York Times as “a drama of indisputable greatness. It is magically larger than life and exactly, precisely life size.”

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