Text - Naomi Wallace
Direction - Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Scenic Design - Richard Hoover
Costume Design - Karen Perry
Lighting Design - Marcus Doshi
Sound Design and Original Music - David Van Tieghem
Fight Direction and Effects Design - David Leong
Composer - Bill Sims, Jr.
Additional Music - Derek Wieland

Company Bios

Garret Dillahunt
Delroy Lindo
Roslyn Ruff

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Naomi Wallace's Things of Dry Hours marks the return to
the New York stage of famed stage and screen star Delroy Lindo, who received Tony Award and Drama Desk
nominations for his last Broadway appearance in the original Joe Turner's Come and Gone. Lindo is joined on stage by
OBIE Award-winner Roslyn Ruff, who just earned rave reviews for her performance in Athol Fugard's Coming Home at Long Wharf and Garret Dillahunt (No Country for Old Men). Set in Depression-era Alabama, Things of Dry Hours tells the story
of Tice Hogan (Lindo), an African American out-of-work Sunday school teacher and member of the Communist Party, and his daughter Cali (Ruff) whose lives get turned upside down when they take in a mysterious white factory worker (Dillahunt) on
the run. Tony Award-winning actor/writer/producer Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues, Seven Guitars) directs.

Performance Calendar

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Study Guide for Things of Dry Hours

Production History

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Supplementary Reading List

On May 30, following the 3:00 matinee, NYTW held a panel discussion with experts who spoke from the perspective of both personal experience and historical scholarship about the convergence of The Communist Party, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Jim Crow South. download this recording

Panelists: Esther Cooper Jackson, who
led with her husband James Jackson the Southern Negro Youth Congress, a communist-led popular front organization, in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1940s. Diane McWhorter, native Alabamian and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her book Carry Me Home, a comprehensive account covering more than half a century of both the segregationist and integrationist sides of Birmingham’s struggle. Douglas Turner Ward, Negro Ensemble Company co-founder, actor, director, and playwright. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Samuel Roberts, Associate Professor of History at Columbia University and author of the book Infectious Fear: Politics and the Health Effects of Segregation in the Jim Crow Urban South (2009). See more in depth bios for this panel

AfterWords (post-performance audience discussion):
Tuesday, June 2    download this recording
Tuesday, June 16  download this recording
Sunday, June 21 download this recording

About the artists:
Naomi Wallace’s (playwright) work has been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. Her plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Inland Sea, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and The Fever Chart: Three Short Visions of the Middle East. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, and an Obie. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Her award-winning film Lawn Dogs is available on DVD. She is presently working on a commission for Actor's Theatre of Louisville and Clean Break of London.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson (director). Broadway acting credits include Seven Guitars (1996 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor), Jelly's Last Jam and Gem of the Ocean. Other stage credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Glengarry Glen Ross, East Texas Hot Links, Henry VIII and Measure for Measure, among many others. Television: "Their Eyes Were Watching God," "Forgotten Genius," "Rear Window," "Law and Order," "West Wing," "NYPD Blue," "Solomon and Sheba" (the first biblical movie starring actors of color) and "Lackawanna Blues," which he also wrote for stage and film. Feature film: American Gangster, Mr. Brooks, Devil's Advocate and Shaft. In 2007 Santiago-Hudson was given an honorary doctorate by Buffalo State College. Other honors include a Humanitas Awards, NAACP Image Award, OBIE Award, Christopher Award, two AUDELCO Awards and two Helen Hayes Awards.

First preview, Friday, May 22; opening night, Monday, June 8; final performance, Sunday, June 28.

Performance schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:00pm.

No 3pm performance on Saturday, May 23
No 2pm performance on Sunday, May 24
No 7pm performance on Sunday, May 31
No 7pm performance on Tuesday, June 9

Special Student Matinee on Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00pm

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East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery will be closed to traffic
for special Fourth Arts Block (FAB) events on the following days:
Saturday, June 6th: Teens Meet the Street
Saturday, June 13th: Dance & Theatre Meet the Street
Saturday, June 27th: Pride Meets the Street
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Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 10 minute intermission

Originally Produced by Pittsburgh Public Theater, Producing Artistic Director, Ted Pappas.
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Originally commissioned by The Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, George C. Wolfe, Producer.