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WT Resident Director Ron OJ Parson, who directed past WT hits The Caretaker and The Old Settler, staged a critically acclaimed and deeply impactful production of this riveting play for Chicago's Onyx Theatre Ensemble nearly two decades ago. He now revisits this powerful tale of friendship and heroism that remains intensely relevant in today's America.
WARNING: Peanuts will be consumed onstage during this production.
ADVISORY: This production contains scenes of a potentially disturbing nature, including:
Patrons who experience anxiety or symptoms of PTSD are advised to speak with the House Manager before the performance.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm
select Wednesdays at 3pm
Kelvin Roston, Jr.*
|Antoine Pierre Whitfield
|Alfred H. Wilson*
(understudy Delmus Green)
(understudy Adolph, Columbus Frye)
(understudy Charlesetta Simpkins)
(understudy XL Dancer, Boochie Reed)
| Byron Glenn Willis
(understudy Roy Moore, Buckshot)
Eugene Lee (Playwright)
Ron OJ Parson, SDC (Director)
Jack Magaw, USA (Scenic Designer)
Christine Pascual, USA (Costume Designer)
Kathy A. Perkins, USA (Lighting Designer)
Joshua Horvath, USA (Sound Designer)
Reginald Edmund (Dramaturg)
Matt Hawkins (Fight Director)
Scott Dickens (Properties Master)
Rebecca Pechter* (Stage Manager)
Henri Watkins (Assistant Director)
Mallory Jane Bass (Assistant Stage Manager)
*Denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
“A riveting piece of work… acted with blistering intensity.”
“Highly Recommended! Animated by the kind of vividly defined characters and layered storytelling fans of August Wilson will appreciate.”
"Loved this play! Brilliant acting, compelling story. Immensely moving."
WT Audience Member
“Exceptional! Director Ron OJ Parson has assembled a uniformly sensational cast.”
"I loved the use of language. It was a slice of life. I felt like I was in that cafe!"
WT Audience Member
“A uniquely intimate group portrait deeply grounded in specificity.”
“[The] seamless ensemble . . . earns high marks!”
Chicagoland Theatre Reviews
Sunday, December 4, 2016 After the Matinee Performance
Are you curious about the world that surrounds your favorite plays? Sunday Spotlight offers access to the finest speakers, scholars and cultural leaders. This one-hour event will feature Harvey Young, Professor of Theatre and African-American Studies at Northwestern University, discussing the historical context of East Texas Hot Links and the history of black theatre in America. Reservations are requested to secure your seat. RSVP online at writerstheatre.org/events or by calling the Box Office at 847-242-6000.
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 6:30pm
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of our productions? The Making of… series offers insight into a different aspect of creating theatre. Director Ron OJ Parson will talk about his history with East Texas Hot Links and his desire to produce it again, this time at WT. Reservations are requested to secure your seat. RSVP online at writerstheatre.org/events or by calling the Box Office at 847-242-6000.
Join us after every Tuesday and Thursday evening performance and after Wednesday matinee performances (excluding previews and extensions) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding previews and extensions) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
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