Viewing page 17 of 37

[[left page]]


tival at Perth. Previously at Steppenwolf: A Slip of the Tongue (understudy for John Malkovich) and productions for its Educational Outreach Program. He directed and composed music for his adaptation of Laura Palmer's Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It opened in January at Chicago's Famous Door Theatre. He is especially proud that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund selected a song from Shrapnel to be played as part of their recent commemoration marking the Wall's 10th anniversary. Chicago credits: Eric Simonson's Coriolanus (Next Theatre); The Visit (Goodman); Glengarry Glen Ross (Pointe Theatre Co.); Lady Chatterley's Lover (Buffalo Theatre Ensemble), Regional: The Front Page, Peter Pan (Indiana Rep); Henry V, The Merchant of Venice (Utah Shakespearean Festival).

LEELAI DEMOZ (Martin Zulu/Zebulun/Guerrilla) is an Ethiopian born in London and raised in Chicago. He originated the role of Martin Zulu in the original production of The Song of Jacob Zulu at Steppenwolf and reprised it at the Festival of Perth, Australia, 1993. Other Steppenwolf credits: Tennessee, London and La Jolla productions of The Grapes of Wrath. Other Chicago credits: Riverview (Goodman), Three Ways Home (Victory Gardens), Our Country's Good  (Remains). Graduate of Northwestern University, where productions include Terry Won't Talk, A Soldier's Play, Mud, Spell #7 and The Sentence Is Silence. He co-directed an improvisational revue, The Meeow Show, that toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. He also produced and performed in a one-man show about Bob Marley. TV: "The Toughest Man in the World," "TJ Hooker," "Ready or Not," "Legacy of Lies."

K. TODD FREEMAN (Jacob Zulu) returns to the role of Jacob after appearing in Angels in American in L.A., for which he won a Drama-Logue Award. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Spunk at The Public Theater, Ubu at Lincoln Center and West Memphis Mojo at the Perry Street. Regional credits: Buffalo studio Arena, Baltimore Center Stage, The Alley and, of course, Steppenwolf, where he received a Jefferson Award nomination for Outstanding Actor as Jacob Zulu. TV: "Different World," "Rosie O'Neill," "Brooklyn Bridge," "The Killing Mind." Films: Grand Canyon, Ricochet. A black South African once said to him, "I used to think your country was free, but it's becoming just like ours." Is that something we should be proud of? God bless you.

ERIKA L. HEARD (Mrs. Sabelo/Beauty Dlamini/Guerrilla) makes her Broadway debut in The Song of Jacob Zulu. Her stage credits include performances

Just around the corner from Broadway.

Tony May's

Italy's favorite New York restaurant offers you a pre-theatre dinner for $24.65 prix fixe. Or come join us any time at all for something as simple as pasta and wine.

240 Central Park South • (212) 265-5959

[[/left page]]

[[right page]]



of The Thirteenth Thorn, The House of Bernarda Alba, Sweet Charity, The Dragon and Chicago. Winner of the American College Theatre Festival National Competition for her portrayal of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, she and the cast performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Chicago credits: Just One World (Organic Theatre) and the premiere run of The Song of Jacob Zulu at Steppenwolf. Industrial, TV and commercial credits: KKBT Radio Station in L.A., "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Gatorade, Kraft, Kohl's, KFC, McDonald's, Buick and "The Women of Brewster Place."

DANNY JOHNSON (Mr. Vilakazi/Fumani/Guerrilla), a native of Indiana, is proud to be making his Broadway debut. Since 1983, he has resided in Chicago. Theatre credits there: Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Visit, A Jefferson Award-nominated performance as Caleb in Miss Evers' Boys, all at the Goodman; Macbeth and Pericles at Shakespeare Rep; the original production of Zulu at Steppenwolf. His many regional theatre credits include appearances at the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis Black Rep, Illusion Theatre, Kenley Players, Children's Theater Co., First Stage Co., The New American Theater, and People's Light and Theatre Co. Some favorite roles: Jack Jefferson, The Great White Hope; Mark, Still Life; Bill Sikes, Oliver Twist. TV: episodes of "Brewster Place," "Angel Street," several commercials. Graduate: The Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University. He thanks his mom, pop, family and friends for their never-ending love and support. Thanks, God. Peace.

GARY DeWITT MARSHALL (Student/Policeman/Mbongeni/Michael Dube/Guerilla), a native of New York State, is proud to be making his Broadway debut. His pursuits in theatre have brought him full circle, beginning in Albany, where he performed with the New York State Institute (Theatre for Young Audiences). He spent a brief time at the Mount (Lenox, Mass) with Shakespeare and Co., before moving to Chicago. Credits: Fences, The Rabbit Foot (Illinois Theatre Center); A Raisin in the Sun, Stand Up Tragedy at Apple Tree Theatre (the later won the Jefferson Award in 1992 for Best Ensemble); and The Song of Jacob Zulu (Steppenwolf). Also a comedian, he recently worked at Chicago's premiere comedy club, The Funny Farm, where he showcased his talents as the house MC, until he reunited with the Zulu cast to attend the Festival of Perth in Australia. TV: "Unsolved Mysteries" (NBC), "Higher Goals" (PBS After School Special), "Angel Street" (CBS). Gary is forever grateful to a supportive cast of friends and family, without whom none of this would have been possible, and to his son Christopher, who has enriched his life immeasurably. Please enjoy the show and allow the message to touch your heart and soul.

ZAKES MOKAE (Rev. Zulu/Mr. X/Itshe) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he, along with Athol Fugard, founded the Rehearsal Room, a theatrical workshop. While still in South Africa, he appeared in Fugard's first plays, No-Good Friday and Nongogo, as well as The Dumbwaiter, Krapp's Last Tape, Waiting for Godot and others. Later, he appeared in The Blood Knot and Boesman and Lena. He succeeded James Earl Jones in the title role opposite Ruby Dee at Circle in the Square, and recently played the title role in the Lloyd Richards' production at Yale Rep. Broadway: The Blood Knot, A Lesson from Aloes, 'Master Harold'...and the boys (Tony Award). Other appearances: The Cherry Orchard at NYSF, Fingernails Blue as Flowers and Last Days of British Honduras at

[[/right page]]
Please note that the language and terminology used in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact