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CAST & CREW

CAST

CREW

DAMIEN LEAKE

"Frank Custer"

Damien Leake (born August 12, 1952) is one of the most versatile performers on the American theater scene. He has performed as an actor/ singer/ dancer/ director/ musician/ composer/ musical director/ vocal arranger/ playwright/ stage fight choreographer and ventriloquist at various points in his 50-year career.

MOSES GUNN

"Austin 'Heavy' Williams"

Moses Gunn (1929 – 1993) was a leading actor of his generation who played a wide variety of roles on the stage, in films, and on television in a career that spanned more than 30 years. Gunn was perhaps best known as a Shakespearean actor, taking part in many productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival.

ERNEST RAYFORD

"Thomas Joshua"

Ernest Rayford (deceased ca. 2017) was an African-American stage and screen actor.
His first roles were in the 1980 short film, Answer, and in the 1982 Cheech and Chong comedy, Things Are Tough All Over, directed by Thomas K. Avildsen in Chicago. In the early 1980s, he also played roles in several Chicago stage productions.

BILL DUKE

Director

Bill Duke is an Actor, Director and Producer in Hollywood with more than 40 years of experience on screen and behind the camera.
His acting credits include recent television and feature film roles in shows like Black Lightning, the critically acclaimed new film, Mandy, and the highly anticipated Stephen Soderbergh film, High Flying Bird.

RON MILNER

Adaptation

Ron Milner (1938 – 2004) was a playwright, writer, editor, critic, and director who was known affectionately as the “people's playwright” for his ongoing commitment to using Black theater for the advancement of Black people.

ELSA
RASSBACH

Executive Producer Story

ALFRE WOODARD

"Mattie"

Alfre Woodard (born November 8, 1952) is an American actress, producer, and political activist. She has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award and 18 times for an Emmy Award (winning four) and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

CLARENCE FELDER

"Bremer"

Clarence Felder (born September 2, 1938) is an American character actor who has starred in films and on television, and co-starred in ten Broadway productions. He is also a playwright and director. His play Captain Felder’s Cannon was adapted as the feature film All for Liberty (2009), in which he starred.

DENNIS FARINA

"Supervisor"

Dennis Farina (1944 – 2013) was an American film and television actor, TV presenter, narrator and former Chicago police officer. He was born and raised in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood, a working-class neighborhood with a broad ethnic mixture, with Italians and Germans predominant.

LESSLIE LEE

Screenwriter

Tony-Nominated Playwright, Leslie Lee, a highly esteemed playwright of national and international reputation, was born in Bryn Mawr, PA. Writing widely for Theatre, Television and Film, he lived and worked for most of his professional life in NYC.

JOHN CARTER

Editor

John Carter (1922 – 2018) was the first African-American to join the American Cinema Editors society. He put his editing touch to more than 50 feature films,
Carter was born in Newark, New Jersey. After a stint in the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant, he trained at the New York Institute of Photography and then took an apprenticeship with the Signal Corps Pictorial Center.