The Center for Arts and Culture–a wonderful local arts organization run by the Bed-Stuy Restoration Corporation–is beginning its fall theater season with the play Autumn, a political drama written by Richard Wesley and directed by Walter Dallas. Autumn addresses everything from race, to the generation gap, to betrayal. Here are details:
Autumn, the first full-length play by Wesley in over 27 years, crashes into an unparalleled presidential election season. This political drama explores the conflicts that arise when aspirations collide across a generational divide marked by sharply different political agendas. The concept of Autumn was gestating for more than 20 years as Wesley observed the evolution of Black politicians against a changing political landscape.
The cast is a collection of veterans from TV and film: Jerome Preston Bates (pictured above, from Seven Guitars, Stickfly, Peeples), Terria Joseph (Empire, Cornerstone), Brent Langdon (House of Cards, The Program), Dorian Missick (Southland, Deliver Me From Evil, Zoe Ever After), Count Stovall (A Streetcar Named Desire, Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Pauletta Washington (Beloved, The Watsons Go to Birmingham).
Autumn will debut with the Billie Holiday Theatre, which was founded in 1972 by Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation as a progressive arts catalyst for the community. It’s running between Thursday, October 20th and Sunday, November 6th at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn. (The Billie Holiday Theatre is under renovation during this production.) Preview tickets cost $15, general admission tickets cost $30, and there are discounts for student and seniors. There’s even a special performance scheduled for election night.