From Baltimore director Dwight R.B. Cook comes Jerome Hairston's new CENTERSTAGE commission, Knife on Bone, as the final Play Lab reading of the season. The reading features CENTERSTAGE alums Pascale Armand (Let There Be Love) and Toccarra Cash (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), along with Broadway veteran Francois Battiste (Prelude to a Kiss) and Chad L. Coleman, recognizable to audiences as Dennis "Cutty" Wise on The Wire.
Against the backdrop of a meatpacking plant on the other side of the tracks, necessity and a series of snap decisions bring one young couple to the brink of an almost impossible choice—weighing the competing demands of justice and family. Jerome Hairston's new play grabs hard at the double-edged blade of responsibility. Hairston's previous work here includes his play a.m. Sunday in 2003-04 and a workshop of an earlier draft of Knife on Bone for the 2006-07 First Look series, as well as a staged adaptation of the Supreme Court arguments in Brown v Board of Education.
Once again we are sharing the rehearsal process with the audience with an open rehearsal on Saturday, May 28, starting at 3 pm. There is no cost to sit in on the rehearsal, but reservations are required. Please send your name and number of guests to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending the rehearsal.