Kenny Leon-Helmed Reading of Samm-Art Williams’s Home Streams April 30
Samm-Art Williams’ Home receives a virtual reading, led by Tony winner Kenny Leon, on April 30. Rob Demery (A soldier’s game), current candidate Tony Joaquina Kalukango (Slave game), Brittany Inge (Boomerang) and Christina Sajous (Sponge Bob SquarePants). The feed will be available until May 3 at RoundaboutTheatre.org/Refocus.
Home serves as the launch of the Roundabout Theater Company’s Refocus Project, announced last month. A programmed reading by Angelina Weld Grimké Rachel which was originally intended to serve as the launch of the series on April 23 has been postponed to May 4. Virtual readings of I have to home by Shirley Graham Du Bois, Notch by Zora Neale Hurston, and Wine in the desert by Alice Childress should follow.
The project aims to bring to light marginalized plays and restore them to American canon. Home premiered in 1979 at the St. Marks Playhouse in a Negro Ensemble Company production, later transferred to Broadway and earning Williams a 1980 Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
Each reading in the series will be accompanied by a free online resource library with materials to help and encourage future productions of rarely seen works. The project also includes community and educational events and a literary ancestry essay series curated by Roundabout Tow Foundation playwright in residence Davie Harris.
Home is free to watch with the inscription. You can find the feed and learn more about the Refocus project at RoundaboutTheatre.org/Refocus.