Colman Domingo Set for Off-Broadway’s “Blood Knot”

Colman Domingo

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Playwright-director Athol Fugard’s cast for his staging of Signature Theatre Company’s Blood Knot, in a 2012 season devoted to the works of Fugard, includes Colman Domingo (The Scottsboro Boys) as Zachariah and Obie Award winner Scott Shepherd (Gatz) as Morris.

The play about two biracial South African brothers will inaugurate the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at the new Signature Center on West 42nd Street. Performances begin Jan. 31 toward an opening night of Feb. 16.

Here’s how the drama (nominated as Best Play for its 1985 Broadway run) is billed by Off-Broadway’s Signature: “Between patchwork walls in a one-room shack, two biracial South African brothers grapple with crippling poverty and lonely isolation. Morris, the punctilious force that keeps their room tidy, is light-skinned enough to pass for white, but dark-skinned Zach feels imprisoned by his job at a whites-only park. When they find themselves on some dangerous new ground, the brothers must come face to face with the blood knot between them. Athol Fugard’s revolutionary breakthrough play is a searing indictment of apartheid and one of his most celebrated works.”

Blood Knot (which starred Fugard and Zakes Mokae on Broadway) is the first play in the Residency One: Athol Fugard Series. The production runs to March 11. The season also includes Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! and The Train Driver.

The Blood Knot production team includes Christopher H. Barreca (set design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design), Brett Jarvis (sound design) and Barbara Rubin (dialect coach). The production stage manager is Pamela Salling and assistant stage manager is Maggie Swing. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Signature Theatre is under the leadership of James Houghton, founding artistic director, and Erika Mallin, executive director.

For tickets and information, visit signaturetheatre.com.

[via Playbill]

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