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Fishburne climbs ‘Walls’

Play runs June 11- 16, previews begin June 1

Laurence Fishburne will appear as an inspirational teacher in Alfred Uhry’s drama “Without Walls” at the Mark Taper Forum.

Fishburne, who won the actor Tony for August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” will portray a popular drama teacher at a nontraditional high school in Manhattan circa 1977. Play runs June 11-July 16, with previews beginning June 1.

Fishburne coincidentally plays a professor in his next film, “Akeelah and the Bee,” to be released April 28. Fishburne produced the film under his Cinema Gypsy production banner. He also appears in Paramount summer film “Mission: Impossible III.”

“Without Walls” premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. Playwright Uhry has won a Pulitzer Prize (for “Driving Miss Daisy,” his first play), an Oscar (adapted screenplay for “Driving Miss Daisy”) and two Tonys (“The Last Night of Ballyhoo” and the book for the tuner “Parade”).

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