Renowned actor Delroy Lindo returns to Berkeley Rep with the play that netted him a nomination for the Tony Award—but this time, he’s in the director’s chair. Following last year’s triumph with Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door, Lindo takes on August Wilson’s African-American epic, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Haunted by seven years on a chain gang, Herald Loomis appears in Pittsburgh to reunite his family. Surrounded by the vibrant tenants of a black boarding house, he fights for his soul and his song in the dawning days of a century without slavery.
Delroy Lindo came to prominence with his Broadway performance in Master Harold…and the Boys, and he reinforced his reputation with major roles in films such as The Cider House Rules, Get Shorty and Malcolm X. In his third outing as a director, Lindo works on a bigger stage: Berkeley Rep’s state-of-the art Roda Theatre.
August Wilson’s countless accolades include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Tony Award for Best Play, two Drama Desk Awards, an Olivier Award and eight prizes for Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle—including one for Joe Turner’s.
Listen to Delroy discuss his history with Joe Turner‘s Come and Gone.