Join your friends at the National Lawyers Guild for dinner at Downtown Restaurant in Berkeley followed by Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre - at $100 with proceeds benefiting the NLGSF it's a bargain. We will meet at Downtown Restaurant at 6 PM for dinner and drinks.
"Joe Turner's Come and Gone is an intoxicatingly hopeful blend of history, mystery, myth, ribald humor, music, dance, and enduring faith."
"Wilson gives haunting voice to the souls of the American dispossessedâ€¦The clash between the American and the African shakes white and black theatergoers as violently as it has shaken the history we've all shared."
—New York Times
Renowned actor Delroy Lindo returns to Berkeley Rep with the play that netted him a nomination for the Tony Award—but this time, he's in the director's chair. Following last year's triumph with Tanya Barfield's Blue Door, Lindo takes on August Wilson's African-American epic, Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Haunted by seven years on a chain gang, Herald Loomis appears in Pittsburgh to reunite his family. Surrounded by the vibrant tenants of a black boarding house, he fights for his soul and his song in the dawning days of a century without slavery.
Delroy Lindo came to prominence with his Broadway performance in Master Haroldâ€¦and the Boys, and he reinforced his reputation with major roles in films such as The Cider House Rules, Get Shorty and Malcolm X. In his third outing as a director, Lindo works on a bigger stage: Berkeley Rep's state-of-the art Roda Theatre.
August Wilson's countless accolades include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Tony Award for Best Play, two Drama Desk Awards, an Olivier Award and eight prizes for Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle—including one for Joe Turner's.