King Hedley II. Drama. Written by August Wilson
. Waltz choreographed by Dianne McIntyre. Directed by Marion McClinton. Virginia Theatre: 1 May 2001- 1 Jul 2001 (72 performances + 24 previews that began on 10 Apr 2001). Cast: Brian Stokes Mitchell
(as "King"), Leslie Uggams
(as "Ruby"), Charles Brown (as "Elmore"), Viola Davis
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