Loop on Location: Black Hollywood Steps Out for “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” Opening
Angela Bassett, John Singleton among A-List attendees.
When TV icon Phylicia Rashad directs an August Wilson play, expect black Hollywood’s elite to turn out in droves.
Rashad’s revival of Wilson’s seminal drama “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” which stars Keith David and Glynn Turman, attracted the who’s who in black Hollywood and black culture: John Singleton, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Yvette Nicole Brown and Debbi Allen are just a few of the high-profile supporters that came out to support the play at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles on May 8th.
Set in a Pittsburgh boarding house during the Great Migration of the early 1900s, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” peeks into the home of Seth and Bertha Holly as they accommodate drifters from all walks of life. Though each character is fighting their own battle and pushing to accomplish their own goals, the quest for self discovery, acceptance and inner peace permeates the soul stirring masterpiece.
“Each has come in search of something, not necessarily in full understanding of what that something they are in search of is.” says Rashad.
A testament to the resilience and spirit of the African American experience, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” has an intensity and honesty seldom seen in modern stage works. The show runs now through June 9th.
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