Robin Givens Stars in Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky
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The last date listed for Blues for an Alabama Sky was Sunday November 27, 2011 / 7:00pm.
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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The Pasadena Playhouse is back!! Blues for an Alabama Sky is tightly directed by Sheldon Epps, well-written, and features an absolutely ELECTRIC cast. The star and Big Name of the show, Robin Givens as the hard-scrabbling Angel, was thoroughly engrossing, but I was particulary enchanted by the high-wattage smiles and charm of Kevin T. Carroll as Guy, and Kadeem Hardison as Sam. Go see this show!
The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Stephen Eich, Executive Director) announced the full cast and creative team for Blues for an Alabama Sky, by Pearl Cleage and starring Robin Givens.
"I am very excited about the tremendous aesthetic prospects for this production based on the cast and creative team that we have assembled,” said Epps. “It is a thrilling acting ensemble that will bring life, energy, passion, and humor to Pearl's beautiful play. And the designers involved have already exhibited a flair for this material which will, I am sure, provide an exquisite physical ambiance for the work of these fine actors. It is my pleasure and honor to work with them all on this beautiful and moving play."
" Blues for an Alabama Sky showcases a period of American history that still resonates with themes in today's headlines and is a testament to the universality of human emotion," stated Robin Givens. "I'm honored to work with Sheldon Epps, an exceptional director and human being as well as this extraordinary cast.”
The cast for Blues for an Alabama Sky features:
- Robin Givens as “Angel Allen”
- Kevin T. Carroll as “Guy Jacobs”
- Kadeem Hardison as “Sam Thomas”
- Robert Ray Manning, Jr. as “Leland Cunningham”
- Tessa Thompson as “Delia Patterson”
In addition to direction by Sheldon Epps, the creative team for Blues for an Alabama Sky includes scenic design by John Iacovelli (Camelot, national tour; Emmy Award for A&E’s “Peter Pan – Starring Cathy Rigby”; “Ed”; “Babylon 5”; UC Davis Design Faculty, Department of Theatre & Dance), lighting design by Jared Sayeg (associate lighting designer for the Playhouse’s current production of South Street) and costume design by Karen Perry (John Grisham’s A Time To Kill, Arena Stage; Regina Taylor’s Trinity River Trilogy, DTC and Goodman Theatre).
Robin Givens landed her breakthrough role on the hit ABC series Head of the Class (1986-1991). She co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in the miniseries The Women of Brewster Place (1989). Givens starred in several back-to-back films including: A Rage In Harlem (1991) with Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover & Gregory Hines; Boomerang opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992; Foreign Student (1992); Blankman with Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier (1994). Givens worked with Tyler Perry on The Family That Preys Together (1998) with Kathy Bates and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, as well as a recurring role on Burn Notice. Last season, Givens starred in recurring guest star role on the hit series Chuck as well as guest star roles on the series Nikita, Drop Dead Diva and Reed Between the Lines and starred in the Fox pilot Tagged. She has worked extensively on stage including a successful stint on Broadway in the leading role of Roxie Hart in Chicago (2006) and in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues (2006). In 2007 she published her first book Grace Will Lead Me Home. She is Co-Chair of “Women Who Care.”
Kevin T. Carrol (“Guy”) was seen in the Broadway productions of Angels In America, Take Me Out and 45 Seconds From Broadway. He is an Obie Award-winner for Sustained Excellence and film and TV credits include: Paid In Full, Being John Malkovich, The Object of My Affection, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Tessa Thompson (“Delia”) made her professional debut as Juliet in The Theatre at Boston Court production of Romeo and Juliet for which she received an NAACP Image Award nomination. She also appeared alongside Frances Conroy and Tom Irwin in the American premiere of Pyrenees (Kirk Douglas Theatre/CTG). She has been a series regular on Veronica Mars and Grey’s Anatomy.