|Chapter Eight: Moving On|
In 1989, August
Wilsonís much talked about play, Joe Turnerís Come and Gone, broke box
office records at ACT. I was both surprised and thrilled because the play
was a Black play and ACT was not a Black theatre. I was also excited about
being a part of such a stellar cast, led by veteran actor Roscoe Lee Browne
and including such actors as Anna DeVeare Smith, Steven Anthony Jones,
Delores Mitchell and Kimberly La Marque.
bought the set and costumes of the original production, and I inherited both
Angela Bassettís originated role of ďMartha PentecostĒ and her
costumes. Being a bit smaller than me, our costumers had to let her wardrobe
out for me. Angela had not become a household name at that time, but I
clearly knew who she was. She had not met fame yet but I had seen her work
in the original touring production at the Old Globe Theatre at the
invitation of fellow cast member and my fellow ACT friend, Delroy Lindo in
San Diego. He had not become a
household name yet, either, but both were on their way.
from the beginning, there was a magical history that surrounded our
production of Joe Turnerís Come and Gone.
three month carpet ride in Los Angeles would produce many stories for me.
now time to leave ACT.