Monday, August 31, 2015

Arts Insider Pick of the Week: August Wilson’s SEVEN GUITARS

Today's Woman Now

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein kick off Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2015-2016 Season with August Wilson’s Seven Guitars directed by Colman Domingo (author of the 2015 Humana Festival premiere Dot and Tony Award nominee for his role in The Scottsboro Boys). After serving jail time on a trumped-up vagrancy charge, blues musician Floyd Barton sets out to win back his girl and reclaim his pawned guitar, hoping to make a new hit record.

Set in 1948 in the backyard of a Pittsburgh apartment house, Seven Guitars follows Floyd’s circle of friends and neighbors—the play’s seven voices—as they spin a rich tale of the deck that’s stacked against them, what they’ve lost and all they dream. *This lyrical play is part of August Wilson’s Century Cycle, which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century.

ATL’s production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars will be directed by celebrated actor, director and playwright Colman Domingo. He returns to ATL following the premiere of his play Dot in the 2015 Humana Festival. Domingo’s directing credits include; the musical A Band of Angels for New York City Children’s Theater (Off Broadway Alliance Award: Best Family Show), Exit Cuckoo at The Working Theater, Single Black Female at New Professional Theater, and No Parole at Cherry Lane. Domingo has also directed for Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab among others. As a playwright his work includes Wild With Happy, which has garnered productions at The Public Theater, Center Stage and TheatreWorks, and A Boy and His Soul, which played at The Tricycle Theatre (London), Brisbane Powerhouse (Australia), Vineyard Theatre (New York) and Thick Description (San Francisco), among others. Additionally, Domingo is a noted film and television actor. He was recently cast in a recurring role in AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, and has appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, Passing Strange, Well and Chicago. Film credits include roles in Academy nominated films The Butler and Selma.

Seven Guitars reunites Domingo with his The Scottsboro Boys co-stars actors Forrest McClendon and Sharon Washington, who have been cast as Canewell and Louise respectively.

WHEN: September 1-20 various performances
WHERE: Actors Theatre of Louisville in the Pamela Brown Auditorium
TICKETS: Box Office in person or or call 502. 584.1205. 502.371.0956 TDD. For Accessibility information, call the Box Office or email

-Gioia Patton

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