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Phylicia Rashad & Kenny Leon To Headline 'Same Time Next Year' For True Colors In Atlanta

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 25, 2013 12:31 PM
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I didn't know that director Kenny Leon is also an actor.

Leon will be starring opposite Phylicia Rashad in Bernard Slade's play Same Time Next Year, for Atlanta's True Colors Theatre Company (which Leon is the artistic director of), next summer.

Written by Bernard Slade and to be directed by Chris Coleman, the play is described as follows:

The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married – to other people – who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century's worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love.

The rest of the upcoming 2013-14 at True Colors includes Spunk, written by George C. Wolfe, adapted for the stage from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, directed by Hilda Willis.

The first of Spunk's stories, 'Sweat,' tells of a young washer woman who is abused and betrayed by her estranged husband, and her ultimate triumph over him. The second story, 'Story in Harlem Slang,' is told in 1940's Harlemese. It is the tale of two street lotharios trying to out-hustle each other. The third and final tale, 'The Gilded Six Bits,' is a bittersweet story of an adoring husband's betrayal by his loving but innocent wife.

And also David Mamet's Race, directed by John Dillon:

Two high-profile lawyers—one black, one white—are called to defend a wealthy white client charged with the rape of an African American woman, when a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface. They quickly find themselves embroiled in a complex case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand.

Kerry Washington made her Broadway debut in Race 2 years ago, alongside David Alan Grier.

For tickets, call (404) 532-1901 or visit TrueColorsTheatre.

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  • bb | June 25, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    She also helmed the very successful "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" here in L.A. So excited for her!

  • Africameleon | June 25, 2013 1:22 PMReply

    Mother be workin', don't she?!

  • sergio | June 25, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    That's an old play first done back on Broadway in the 1970's. It was turned into a movie with Alan Alda back during the late 70's

  • Donella | June 25, 2013 1:55 PM

    I wondered why the premise sounded so familiar. Good for Phylicia. If anyone knows her way around a theatrical film, she does.

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