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CAST (in order of appearance) Sturdyvant - LOUIS ZORICH Irvin - JACK DAVIDSON Cutler - CARL GORDON Toledo - THOMAS JEFFERSON BYRD Slow Drag - STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON Levee - Charles S. Dutton Ma Rainey - WHOOPI GOLDBERG Policeman - TONY CUCCI Dussie Mae - HEATHER ALICIA SIMMS Sylvester - ANTHONY MACKIE Time: Early 1927 Place: Chicago. A band room and a recording studio. MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM WILL BE PERFORMED WITH ONE FIFTEEN-MINUTE INTERMISSION. UNDERSTUDIES Understudies never appear for a listed player unless an announcement for the appearance is made at the time of the performance. For Levee - LELAND GANTT, ANTHONY MACKIE For Ma Rainey - EBONY JO-ANN For Cutler, Toledo - HELMAR AUGUSTUS COOPER For Slow Drag - HELMAR AUGUSTUS COOPER, LELAND GANTT For Dussie May - ROCHELLE HOGUE For Sylvester - LELAND GANTT For Sturdyvant, Irvin, Policeman - JOE ZALOOM This production is dedicated to the memory of Theresa Merritt, Joe Seneca and Robert Judd. Please silence all cellular phones and personal paging devices before the performance begins. Thank you. [[image: line drawing of camera with diagonal black line through it]] The use of any recording device, either audio or video, and the taking of photographs, either with or without flash, is strictly prohibited. [[advertisement]] [[image: tragedy and comedy masks with ribbons]] Sardi's 234 West 44th Street (Broadway & 8th) (212) 221-8440 www.sardis.com [[/advertisement]] [[end page]] [[start page]] [[advertisement]] att.com/curtain-up The next new play? AT&T can't wait to see it. So since 1985, AT&T:OnStage® has funded 84 original productions, with emphasis on the work of women and artists of diverse cultures ▬ from "Love! Valour! Compassion!" to this year's acclaimed "Topdog/Underdog." Watching all that happen, we think, has been the best seat in the house. [[image: seating diagram for a circular theater, with the following labels: Left Boxes STAGE Right Boxes Orchestra Front Mezzanine Centre Mezzanine Rear Mezzanine Balcony Rows labeled: AA BB CC A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P Q R S T]] [[image: AT&T logo: striped globe]] AT&T | B O U N D L E S S © 2002 AT&T [[/advertisement]]
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