October 24, 2009 --
A tale of hardships and the power of the family bond, brought to life on stage. BROKE-OLOGY, the off-Broadway play, is currently at Lincoln Center Theater. The show's star, Wendell Pierce, joined us. BROKE-OLOGY marks the New York debut of playwright Nathan Louis Jackson, a 2009 graduate of the Juilliard School's Playwriting program. Originally produced last summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival, BROKE-OLOGY is the story of the King family who have weathered the hardships of life and survived with their love for each other intact. But when two brothers (Francois Battiste and Alano Miller) are called home to take care of their ailing father (Wendell Pierce), one of them must choose to follow the life he dreams of, or honor the unspoken promise of loyalty to his family. The production has sets by Donyale Werle, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Jason Lyons and sound design by Jill BC DuBoff.
Although Wendell Pierce is widely known for his role on TV's "The Wire," et al, and for his film work, he has a lot of theater credits both on Broadway (Serious Money, August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, The Boys of Winter) and Off Broadway (including many appearances at the New York Shakespeare Festival). In addition to being an actor he has also produced on Broadway - in 2007 he was one of the producers of August Wilson's last play, Radio Gulf.
For more information on BROKE-OLOGY, visit www.lct.org.
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