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10 items from 2012


HBO Adapting Broadway Play ‘Stick Fly’ for TV

19 December 2012 12:05 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

HBO is planning to bring more Broadway to your television.The Hollywood Reporter reported that the pay cable channel has given a script commitment to an hourlong television adaptation of “Stick Fly,” playwright Lydia R. Diamond’s original Broadway play about the secrets, prejudices, rivalries, and infidelities that are exposed during a wealthy African-American family’s weekend getaway in Martha’s Vineyard.Diamond is adapting the screenplay and will also executive produce with Alicia Keys and Nelle Nugent, who were among the producers of the Broadway production.“Stick Fly” opened Dec. 8, 2011, at the Cort Theatre and ran for 93 performances, closing Feb. 26, 2012. The cast of the Broadway production featured Dulé Hill, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and Condola Rashad, who earned a Tony nomination for her performance. Casting for the HBO version has not been announced.HBO has had success in the past by adapting theater for television, with TV »

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HBO Is Adapting Lydia Diamond's Broadway Play 'Stick Fly' For The Screen (Alicia Keys Producing)

18 December 2012 4:13 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Interesting... An screen adaptation of Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly has been ordered by HBO. You'll recall that a recent Broadway run of the play was produced by Alicia Keys and Reuben Cannon, with Kenny Leon directing, and a cast that included Ruben Santiago-HudsonDulé HillMekhi PhiferTracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad, who was nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress) for her performance.  As I recall, the play was met with mixed reviews, opening on December 08, 2011, and closing on February 26, 2012. Stick Fly chronicles the a weekend of secrets, prejudice, hypocrisy and adultery that are exposed during a well-to-do African American family's weekend stay at their home in Martha's Vineyard. And now the family dramedy is headed to the small screen, in what will be an hour-long drama, adapted by the playwright (Lydia Diamond),...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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HBO Is Adapting Lydia Diamond's Broadway Play 'Stick Fly' For The Screen (Alicia Keys Producing)

18 December 2012 4:13 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Interesting... An screen adaptation of Lydia R. Diamond's play Stick Fly has been ordered by HBO. You'll recall that a recent Broadway run of the play was produced by Alicia Keys and Reuben Cannon, with Kenny Leon directing, and a cast that included Ruben Santiago-HudsonDulé HillMekhi PhiferTracie Thoms, and Condola Rashad, who was nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress) for her performance.  As I recall, the play was met with mixed reviews, opening on December 08, 2011, and closing on February 26, 2012. Stick Fly chronicles the a weekend of »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Theater Reviews: The Piano Lesson and We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...

4 December 2012 10:05 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Piano Lesson I don’t think I’ve ever seen the multifarious energies of August Wilson’s playwrighting — his aching, epic ambitions, his colloquial crowd-pleasing instincts, his expressive setpieces and interior poetry — better concerted, conducted, and focused than in Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s joyous revival of The Piano Lesson, the Depression-era entry in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. Featuring unforgettable performances from a flawless cast (special nods to Roslyn Ruff, Brandon J. Dirden, and Chuck Cooper), this rambunctious ghost story about black life at the dawn of the Great Migration — caught between the spectres of Southern slavery and the possibilities and perils of urban life — pulses with magic, ecstasy, pain, and (forgive me) spirit.We begin with a family split down the middle: Boy Willie Charles (Dirden) has come up from the ancestral South towing a load of watermelons, his girl-crazy himbo pal Lymon (Jason Dirden, perfectly timed) and, it seems, »

- Scott Brown

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For 1st Time Ever, August Wilson Estate Grants Rights to Record American Century Cycle Plays

14 November 2012 10:38 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

This is good; any attempts to introduce August Wilson's work to audiences is great; it all helps keep his work and memory alive; and all under Ruben Santiago-Hudson's watch in this case. He's serving as Artistic Director of the venture. All the details follow in the press release below: The August Wilson Estate Grants Rights to Record All 10-Plays of The American Century Cycle for the First Time Ever to The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at Wnyc and Wqxr The Greene Space to Present all Ten Plays in The American Century Cycle as Dramatic Readings in 2013 Tony Award-winning actor and longtime Wilson collaborator Ruben Santiago-Hudson to Serve as »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Marvel Adds “Castle Miniseries to be Written by Peter David

19 September 2012 5:02 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce Castle: A Calm Before A Storm, an all-new comic book limited series by the popular Castle television series. The first issue of this five issue series, based the titular novel from noted author Richard Castle, hits comic shops, the Marvel Comics app and the Marvel Web Store on December 5th, 2012. Following issues will ship monthly through April 2013. Castle: A Calm Before A Storm is written by New York Times best-selling author Peter David (Stephen King’s Dark Tower, X-Factor), penciled by popular artist Robert Atkins (Amazing Spider-Man) and features powerful covers by Mico Suayan (Moon Knight).

Derrick Storm is looking forward to finally getting out of the game – stocking up his cabin cruiser and heading out into the open Atlantic for good. But his plans are put on hold when, on the eve of a Un summit, the severed »

- ComicMix Staff

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Ernest Dickerson ('The Walking Dead') In Talks To Direct AMC Drama Pilot 'Low Winter Sun'

1 August 2012 5:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Currently 'in negotiations' according to Deadline, The Walking Dead's director Ernest Dickerson will direct the AMC pilot Low Winter Sun, which is based on the 2006 British miniseries. The pilot, starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Honeydripper, Law & Order, Person of Interest) and Transporter's Athena Karkanis, will be directed and executive produced by Chris Mundy, executive producer of the TV series Cold Case and Criminal Minds. Low Winter Sun is described as a "contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption," in which Hudson will play Lt. George Torrace, a 25-year veteran fighting detroit crime and politics, whose life is forever altered by the 'perfect murder' of fellow detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong). His murder will further drag him into the grimy Detroit underworld. Kakanis will play a "beautiful and highly intelligent detective who is a “bright light” on the force." Actor James Ransone co-stars....

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- Vanessa Martinez

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Ernest Dickerson ('The Walking Dead') In Talks To Direct AMC Drama Pilot 'Low Winter Sun'

1 August 2012 5:42 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Currently 'in negotiations' according to Deadline, The Walking Dead's director Ernest Dickerson will direct the AMC pilot Low Winter Sun, which is based on the 2006 British miniseries. The pilot, starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Honeydripper, Law & Order, Person of Interest) and Transporter's Athena Karkanis, will be directed and executive produced by Chris Mundy, executive producer of the TV series Cold Case and Criminal Minds. Low Winter Sun is described as a "contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption," in which Hudson will play Lt. George Torrace, a 25-year veteran fighting detroit crime and politics, whose life is forever altered »

- Vanessa Martinez

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Duo Cast In AMC Pilot ‘Low Winter Sun’; Ernest Dickerson In Negotiations To Direct

1 August 2012 4:28 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ruben Santiago Hudson and Athena Karkanis (Transporter) have been cast in the AMC drama pilot Low Winter Sun. Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead) is in negotiations to direct the pilot, based on the 2006 British miniseries. Written/executive produced by Chris Mundy, the AMC project is described as a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Mark Strong). Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. Hudson, repped by Gersh and Vincent Cirrincione Assoc., will play Lt. George Torrance, the commander of Frank’s precinct, a 25-year veteran of the force who has, thus far, survived the down and dirty arena of Detroit crime and politics. Karkanis, repped by Greene & Assoc. and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, will play Dani Kahlil, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ruben Santiago-Hudson Helms Athol Fugard's 'My Children! My Africa!'

24 May 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Ruben Santiago-Hudson may be best known as the hard-nosed Captain Roy Montgomery on "Castle," or perhaps as Doc, the bodyguard of Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington), in the film, "American Gangster." But he is also a writer and director, insisting his three hats are equally "defining, satisfying, and challenging." More important, they all reflect, his "integrity, desire to tell a story, and to erase negative, stereotypical images of my people and bring them to wholeness," he asserts. "Whether I'm acting, writing, or directing, I want to tell the truth about human beings, especially my folk."He is currently helming the revival of Athol Fugard's 1989 "My Children! My Africa!" Off-Broadway at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Set in a classroom in a small South African town in 1984, the play explores the evolving relationships among an idealistic but traditional black teacher (James A. Williams), a revolutionary black student (Stephen Tyrone Williams) and. »

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