Directed by Lou Bellamy, Alfred's "A Brown Tale" received rave reviews when it was premiered last September during Penumbra Theatre's Claude Edison Purdy Festival for Individual Artists.
Through "A Brown Tale," Alfred takes his audience to the Southside of Chicago and inside Chicago Public Housing – before they were decimated by crack cocaine. The journey includes visits to Chicago Public Schools and the African-American Pentecostal church. The show is a comedic examination of the impact of community on an individual's personal development.
Chicago native Alfred is an award-winning actor and was last seen as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Guthrie Theater in Katori Hall's "Mountaintop." The writer and producer of "A Brown Tale," James' other Twin Cities credits include "Fences," "Two Trains Running," "RedShirts" and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Alfred played Kenya Taylor on the acclaimed STARZ original series "BOSS" starring Kelsey Grammer.
This run of "A Brwon Tale" is presented in collaboration with the Capri Theater as part of a new initiative to support artist entrepreneurs. The Capri Theater is located at 2027 West Broadway.
A gala opening night performance is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Following opening night, each week's performances are set for 7 p.m. (Thursday through Sunday), and additional shows at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special school morning matinees will also be available.
Tickets are priced at $32 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and $20 for students. Adults and seniors ordering tickets before July 31 will receive a $4 "early bird" discount on each ticket purchased. Tickets are on sale and are available online at thecapritheater.org or by calling TicketWorks at 612.343.3390.