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Daniel Beaty returning to Geffen Playhouse in new solo show

February 8, 2010 |  2:00 pm


Actor-writer Daniel Beaty won a number of awards for his stage show "Emergency," which ran at the Geffen Playhouse in 2008. Now Beaty is set to return to the Geffen in his new solo play, "Through the Night."

The production will begin its run at the Geffen on March 16 and continue through April 4. The show is the latest addition to the theater's current season.

"Through the Night" features Beaty playing the roles of six African American men at different stages of their lives as well as the people who love them, according to the theater. Charles Randolph-Wright, who staged "Emergency" at the Geffen, will direct the new production.

The play will be performed at the Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey this month prior to its Geffen engagement.

In "Emergency," Beaty played several characters who witness the emergence of a slave ship in contemporary New York harbor. The play was produced in 2006 at the Public Theater in New York under the title "Emergence-SEE!"

"Black American culture, like every other culture, is extremely diverse," he told The Times in 2008. "I am very interested in giving voice to characters we have not seen before, and new voice to characters we think we have seen before."

-- David Ng

Photo: Daniel Beaty. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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