Lincoln Center Theater will produce a Broadway revival of August Wilson’s play “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” to be helmed by Bartlett Sher (“South Pacific”) in the spring.
One of the plays in Wilson’s 10-title cycle depicting African-American life in the 20th century, “Joe Turner” preemed on Broadway in a 1988 production that included thesps Delroy Lindo and Angela Bassett. Many legiters consider it the late scribe’s finest work.
Set in 1911, the story centers on Herald Loomis, who arrives at a boardinghouse in Pittsburgh in search of his wife after seven years of hard labor.
Sher will be the first director who isn’t black to helm a Wilson show on Broadway. Past shows have been directed by Lloyd Richards, Kenny Leon and Marion McClinton. The playwright had been a vocal advocate of African-American artists telling stories about black culture, most notably in a public dust-up over who would direct a potential film version of his play “Fences.”
New incarnation of “Joe Turner” is staged with the blessing of the Wilson estate.
No actors or design team have been announced. Show will play a Rialto theater to be determined, since LCT’s dedicated Broadway stage is currently occupied by the extended run of “South Pacific.”
“Joe Turner” begins previews March 19 ahead of an April 16 opening.