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Staged Reading of ToasT at Guild Hall
August 14, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$28 – $50
A new play by Playwright and Tony Award-winning poet Lemon Andersen
Developed and Directed by Elise Thoron, Reading produced by Chris Mack in association with Guild Hall. Featuring Keith David (Enlisted, Platoon, Ken Burns’ Jazz, There’s Something About Mary), André De Shields (The Full Monty, Play On!, The Wiz), Tony Plana(Ugly Betty, The West Wing, Richard III), Hill Harper, Armando Riesco, Kevin Mambo, Colman Domingo, and Peter McRobbie
ToasT ingeniously weaves major characters from black oral narratives into a gripping story about a group of inmates fighting to keep their minds free amidst the 1971 riots that rocked Attica Prison.
After 27 years served for murder in Attica’s D-Block, Willie Green, aka Dolomite, has become an unlikely father figure to his cellmates, folklore heroes like Jesse James, Hobo Ben, Annabelle Jones, Stackolee and Hard Rock.
Though word is brewing throughout Attica that a riot is coming, Dolomite would rather not get involved. But when one of the youngest inmates in their block is viciously beaten by guards for protesting prison conditions, Dolomite has to decide whether to join the riots or lock himself in his cell and hope for a promised parole date and the chance to taste freedom.
Honoring the spoken word narratives recited in pool halls, bars and prisons across America by generations of black poets, ToasT is a stunning new play about men trying to live free in a system—and a world—designed to keep them chained.”
ToasT honors an art form of reciting poetry based on characters and situations from the Black Experience, mostly performed in prisons, bars and pool halls. Folklore heroes led by Dolomite come to life in a very real Attica Prison cellblock circa 1971, a turning point in American history.
Orchestra and Balcony $30/$28 Members; Prime Orchestra $50/$48 members
Tickets are available online here.