Adepero Oduye Is Replacing Condola Rashad In 'The Trip to Bountiful'

News
by Tambay A. Obenson
July 15, 2013 2:02 PM
5 Comments
  • |
Last week, when it was announced that the Broadway revival of The Trip to Bountiful, which was initially scheduled for a 14-week limited engagement through July 7, received a second extension to close on October 9, I wondered whether co-star Condola Rashad would be replaced for the latter half of the Bountiful extension, since she's already signed up for another Broadway play - a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, with an interracial twist, which will see her play Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom

That play is set to begin previews on August 24, for a September 19 opening, which would obviously conflict with Rashad's time on the extended Bountiful run (now through October 9).

So who's going to take over for her during the latter half of Bountiful's run?

Adepero Oduye, making her Broadway debut, although she's no stranger to the stage.

Producers of the critically-acclaimed revival made the announcement today, adding that Oduye will actually be taking over for Rashad this week! 

You might recall that both actresses co-starred in last year's all-black TV remake of Steel Magnolias, for Lifetime.

Oduye's reign begins tomorrow, Tuesday at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

We'll next see her on the big screen in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave.

Cicely Tyson (who won a Tony Award for her performance) stars in the revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 drama The Trip to Bountiful, which is directed by Michael Wilson.

Cuba Gooding Jr. (making his Broadway debut) and Vanessa Williams round out the cast.

Here's the entire plot of the play:

Set in the 1940s, the play tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law, and an overprotective son who won't let her travel alone. However, old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don't go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father's land and the remains of the family home. Her son eventually turns up, and drives her back to Houston.

Ms. Tyson plays Carrie Watts. Gooding Jr. is her overprotective son and Williams, her bossy daughter-in-law; Oduye, now taking over for Rashad, will play Thelma, the girl traveling alone who Carrie befriends on her journey.

The play was first produced as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts; it would later premiere on Broadway that same year with the same cast.

And in 1985, a film version of the play was produced, and starred Geraldine Page, who won an Academy Award for her performance. 

News
  • |

More: Adepero Oduye, Theater

You might also like:
Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

5 Comments

  • Alan | July 16, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    I happened to have caught one of Ms. Rashad's last performances in the role at the matinee this past Saturday. Her mother was also in attendance, seated right across the aisle from me.

    Ms. Rashad was wonderful in the role, as I am completely sure Ms. Oduye will be as well. Congratulations to both of them on their success in an extremely difficult industry under any circumstances.

  • ALM | July 15, 2013 5:15 PMReply

    I'm just glad that this cast replacement is due to a positive reason, i.e. Condola was double booked. Congrats to both ladies

  • Man-Over-Bored | July 15, 2013 2:13 PMReply

    Sounds like a blatant case of bias to me: the only reason they're replacing Condola Rashad with Adepero Oduye is because Oduye is a far superior actress, and though Condola clearly possesses mediocre acting skills, she does possess the right last name: Rashad--which has invariably opened doors so far for her in the tough entertainment industry. When will the bias against mildly talented actresses like Condola end!

  • ALM | July 15, 2013 5:19 PM

    Man over bored must be Adepero's publicist. We have conversations on this site almost daily about how difficult it is for actresses. Add the color element to that and the difficultly increases exponentially. Add the medium-dark/darker skin tone element and the opportunities are virtually nonexistent (unless you are Gabrielle Union).

    Both women are darker skin toned. I am so glad that they are working in positive roles.

    Why did you have to tear Condola down so hard? It's not as if Adepero lost a role to Condola here. They are both working.

  • Ashley | July 15, 2013 3:48 PM

    Wow.

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Taraji P. Henson Drama 'From The Rough' ...
  • Electro (Jamie Foxx) Faces Off Against ...
  • Watch Omar Sy In Action As Bishop In ...
  • Black Movie Trivia - Congrats to our ...
  • Interview: Chatting with RZA About Paul ...
  • Sidney Poitier Made Oscar History Today ...
  • Watch TV ONE’s Fascinating & Informative ...
  • Critically-Acclaimed Doc 'The Trials ...
  • Weekend B.O. April 11-13 (Close, But ...
  • 5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not ...