PHOTOS | August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"

Monday, September 09, 2013

The Greene Space presented a reading of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone on Sept. 4, 2013 — part of our historic series recording all 10 plays in Wilson's American Century Cycle. The plays in the decade-by-decade cycle are being presented in the order in which they premiered

Set in Pittsburgh in the 1910's, Joe Turner's Come and Gone chronicles the lives of a few freed former enslaved African Americans while exploring themes of identity, migration and the conflicts of racism and discrimination.

The reading was directed by Phylicia Rashad and featured actors Keith David, S. Epatha Merkerson, Roger Robinson, Raynor Scheine, Jason Dirden, John Douglas Thompson, January LaVoy, Nile Bullock, Taraji P. Henson, Rosalyn Coleman and Alexis Holt. 

View backstage and performance photos below:

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The cast of Joe Turner's Come and Gone in the green room before the show.

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Backstage with Stephen McKinley Henderson, Associate Artistic Director of the August Wilson recording series, and Phylicia Rashad, director of Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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Actors Nile Bullock and Keith David, hanging in the green room before the show.

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The cast of Joe Turner's Come and Gone, along with Associate Director Stephen McKinley Henderson and Executive Producer Indira Etwaroo (at left).

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Cast members take the stage for The Greene Space's historic reading of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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A live stage reading of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone being recorded in The Greene Space.

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S. Epatha Merkerson as Bertha Holly and Keith David as Seth Holly.

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Raynor Scheine as Rutherford Selig in August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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Roger Robinson as Bynum.

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Jonathan Douglas Thompson as Harold Loomis.

Keith David as Seth Holly in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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S. Epatha Merkerson reading as Bertha Holly.

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Jason Dirden as Jeremy Furlow in Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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January LaVoy as Mattie Campbell

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Taraji P. Henson as Molly Cunningham

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Alexis Holt reading as Zonia Loomis

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Nile Bullock as Reuben Mercer

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The audience at The Greene Space's recording of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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Roger Robinson, John Douglas Thompson and January LaVoy

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Hollis King, set designer for the August Wilson series, spotted in the audience sketching the actors on stage.

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Raynor Scheine 

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Jason Dirden as Jeremy Furlow in Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Behind him, a quote from the play reads: "It ain't nothing to find no starting place in the world. You just start from where you find yourself."

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Taraji P. Henson as Molly Cunningham

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S. Epatha Merkerson

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The cast of The Greene Space's recorded reading of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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Taraji P. Henson and Keith David

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Rosalyn Coleman as Martha Pentecost

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A standing ovation for the performance. 

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