Join us on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
for a reading of a new musical by Duane Boutté.
ABOUT THE MUSICAL:
Set in 1968 Memphis, Tennessee, Duane Boutté’s THE BETTER PROPHECY vividly presents a sanitation worker and his wife struggling to make ends meet and maintain dignity in the face of relentless racial injustice. They represent a community whose plight against intimidation resonates far and wide, attracting a daring Visionary from Atlanta who seeks to harness the increasingly potent local energy for the betterment of the nation.
Arbender Robinson, Pernell Walker and Craig T. Williams
Directed by: Tonye Patano
Arbender Robinson is currently in The Book Of Mormon on Bradway. Other Broadway credits include Hair, Hairspray, beautiful: The Carole King Musical, In-Transit, Shuffle Along, Disney’s The Lion King, and Ragtime. Arbender is a proud graduate of Viterbo University in LaCrosse, WI. visit www.arbender.com for more information.
Pernell Walker is an Bronx born Actress with a M.F.A in acting from Actors Studio Drama School, formerly at The New School. Ms.Walker seamlessly navigates and brings life to roles in Film, television and theater.
Recently wrapped on upcoming Neflix miniseries, Central Park Five, Ava Duvernay is the latest name in the growing list of notable great directors Pernell Walker has worked with. To see more of Ms.Walker’s work, please go to www.pernellwalker.com and check out her latest Acting Reel on Vimeo.https://vimeo.com/265930482
Craig T. Williams – Producer/Screenwriter/Editor – CEO of Red Wall Productions, a film production company that he runs with his wife, Rosalyn Coleman Williams. Craig has produced over 50 film projects including independent short films, promotional videos, educational films, actor reels and the groundbreaking documentary “Black Sorority Project.” He is currently in active pre-production as Producer of his feature film “Hangin By A Thread” directed by Rosalyn and Executive Produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon.
Duane Boutté is a NY based actor, composer, and director. His musical theatre collaborations include scores for Caravaggio Chiaroscuro (LaMama Etc.), Lyin’ Up a Breeze (Second Stage, Fresno), and Bottoms Up: A Musicommedia (A.C.T.F. Award). Boutté wrote the book and music for the one-act Thanks to the Lighthouse (New York City Parks and Recreation). In addition to The Better Prophecy, he is currently writing his first full-length musical (untitled) as both composer and librettist. Boutté’s directing credits include L.O.L. (Algonquin Productions), Home (Rep Stage), Stalag 17 (Second Stage, Fresno), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Worcester Shakespeare Festival), Othello (Stella Adler Studio), Cabaret, and Fences (Illinois State University). His acting credits include the landmark films Stonewall (1996 version), and Brother To Brother. He has acted on Broadway (Carousel [’94] and Parade), Off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Public Theatre, Vineyard Theatre), and at regional theatres throughout the country. Among his favorite roles performed are “Bayard Rustin” (Public Theatre, Woolley Mammoth, Berkeley Rep), “Orestes” (Berkeley Rep), “Mercutio” (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), “Louis Chauvin” (Playwrights Horizons), and “Charles Dickens” (Primary Stages, Cherry Lane Theater). He has taught acting at Illinois State University, Ramapo College, and the National Theatre Institute. Website: DuaneBoutte.com