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[[double line]] at Lincoln Center, ACT, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford and the Alley Theatre, Houston. ALETA MITCHELL (Dussie Mae), creator of this role at the Yale Repertory Theatre, recently appeared there as Beneatha in A Raisin the Sun. She has appeared in Dean-Michael Dolan's Distilling Spirits in Chicago and has played a variety of characters at the Yale School of Drama, of which she is a graduate. Ms. Mitchell was in the PBS film "The File on Jill Hatch" and most recently in "The Comedy Zone" on CBS-TV. SCOTT DAVENPORT-RICHARDS (Sylvester) originated the role of Sylvester at the O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwright's Conference. Mr. Richards is also a composer/arranger/songwriter, and a graduate of Yale College. CHRISTOPHER LOOMIS (Policeman) appeared in Broadway in Romeo and Juliet, The Suicide and, most recently, Teaneck Tanzi. Off-Broadway Mr. Loomis starred in Knucklebones, Death and Resurrection of Mr. Roche and Shadow and Substance. He starred regionally in Death of a Salesman, Cuckoo's nest, A Thousand Clowns and The Robber Bridegroom at such theatres as the American Stage Festival, Long Wharf and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. On television, Mr. Loomis was Buck Peterson on "Search for Tomorrow" and has been on nearly all the East Coast soaps. On film he appeared in So Fine and Two of a Kind, and starred in The Nesting and the NBC Movie of the Week "The Neighborhood." AUGUST WILSON (Playwright) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of New Dramatists, and an Associate Playwright at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. Mr. Wilson is the recipient of Bush, McKnight and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships in playwriting. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom was presented at Yale Repertory Theatre as part of their 1983-84 season. His play Fences will be presented during their 1984-85 season. Mr. Wilson is also a poet and has published poems in various magazines and anthologies. LLOYD RICHARDS (Director) has had a long and distinguished theatre career which began over 30 years ago. He first came to national attention as director of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. That production launched not only his career and Ms. Hansberry's but also a cast of virtually unknown young talents who would move black theatre into the American mainstream: Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Lou Gossett, Diana Sands, Ivan Dixon, Lonne Elder, Glynn Turman, Ed Hall, Ossie Davis and Douglas Turner Ward. From that time on, Mr. Richards's career would combine a search for talent with the determination to train and present the best. Two major positions which he now holds epitomize this commitment. He has been the Artistic Director of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference since 1968. Since 1979, Mr. Richards has held the combined position of Dean/Artistic Director of the Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre. Mr. Richards directed the world premiere of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom last spring at the Yale Rep where he has also directed Major Barbara, A Touch of the Poet, A Doll's House, Johnny Bull, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler and Timon of Athens. His work as a television director includes two episodes of "You Are There," segment six of "Roots: The Next Generation," "No Easy Walk to Freedom" for Bill Moyers's Journal and the American Playhouse production of "Medal of Honor Rag." On Broadway he has staged Paul Robeson, The Yearling, I Had a Ball, The Moon Besieged and The Long Dream. Mr. Richards has established himself as artist, educator, innovator and administrator in numerous dramatic fields. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group, Commissioner on Connecticut State Commission on the Arts, General Director on Public Broadcasting Service's Advisory Board and advises several other foundations and corporations. He served as president of the Theatre Development 50 [[end page]] [[start page]] [[advertisement]] [[image - color photograph of a woman's hands holding a glass and a man's hands holding a bottle of Grand Marnier]] The legend continues with cream. For gift delivery anywhere call 800-528-6148 (except where prohibited by law). Product of France, 34 Proof. [[copyright symbol]] 1984 Carillon Importers, Ltd., NY Photograph by Sandi Fellman. [[/advertisement]]
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