Charles S. Dutton goes from jail to Yale at August Wilson Center
For TV, film and stage actor Charles S. Dutton, the pathway from jail to Yale began with an anthology of plays by African-American playwrights.
The two-time Tony nominees returns to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to perform his one-man show "From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage" at the August Wilson Center, Downtown.
The program is part of a benefit reception for the Pittsburgh chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. The event honors Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO executive committee member, for his support of the institute's Breaking the Chains of Poverty program.
Dutton is most widely known as the star and executive producer of the Fox comedy/drama "Roc," and appearances in "House," "The Sopranos" and the HBO series "Oz." He also appeared on Broadway and received Tony nominations for his performances in two August Wilson dramas: "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Piano Lesson." He reprised his role of Willy Boy in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "The Piano Lesson," which was filmed in Pittsburgh.
In his stage show, Dutton relates how he grew up on the streets of Baltimore, then discovered his passion for acting while serving a seven-year term in prison, where he directed and acted in his first play.
After his release, he earned degrees from Hagerstown Junior College and Towson University and eventually enrolled in the Yale School of Drama in 1983.
The event begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a reception. The performance follows at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $50 for the performance; $125 for reception and performance. Details: 412-338-8742 or www.trustarts.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers clinch playoff berth with win over Chiefs
- Steelers notebook: Gay respects ‘anything’ referees call
- Starkey: Chryst a miserable failure at Pitt
- NFL notebook: Manziel leaves game with hamstring injury
- Groom cited at Farmington wedding reception being filmed for reality TV show
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Arrests made in Pakistan school massacre
- Hurricanes’ Staal could return shortly after Christmas
- WikiLeaks releases purported CIA documents on operatives’ travel
- Pitt football fights to overcome steppingstone status
- NYPD: Cop ambush killer told passers-by to watch