The life of actor and activist Sidney Poitier will be told in a Broadway play to be written by Charles Randolph-Wright and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, producers announced today.
According to the producers, sydney Will dramatizes Poitier’s life from his childhood on Cat Island in the Bahamas to his rise to become America’s most revered actor and activist. The piece “explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, and the price of artistic integrity. Poitier inspired many artists in multiple fields, including encouraging Alice Childress to start writing when they were both members of the American Negro Theater.
The play will be produced by Ron Gillyard; Poitier’s daughter, filmmaker Anika Poitier; and Barry Krost.
Chosen by the Poitier family, Randolph-Wright is the author of the play Blue and director of the current revival of Alice Childress’ by Roundabout Theater Company mind problemas well as the next American Prophet: Frederick Douglass in his own words). Randolph-Wright’s play is based on Poitiers’ best-selling autobiography The measure of a man.
Santiago-Hudson is the writer, director and star of the recent Broadway show Lackawanna Blues and will direct Dominique Morisseau’s upcoming Broadway premiere Skeleton crew.
The cast, creative team and production schedule will be announced at a later date.