Bermuda Actor In World Premiere Play

December 8, 2011

Bermuda actor Nicholas Christopher will make the transition from musicals to drama when he appears in the world premiere New York production of “Hurt Village” by award-winning writer Katori Hall.

Mr. Christopher — who won rave reviews for his performance in the off Broadway revival of “Rent” — has been signed to appear in the new production at Signature Theatre Company’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in the new Signature Centre which spans an entire city block on 42nd Stret.

This world premiere play will begin previews on February 7, 2012, open on February 27 and run through March 18, directed by Patricia McGregor.

Tennessee native Ms Hall is the writer of the current Broadway sensation “The Mountaintop” about Dr. Martin Luther King’s last night before his assassination. That play has been called “breathtaking” and “a triumph” by critics.

In addition to Mr. Christopher, “The Hurt Village” cast will feature Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins ["Caroline, or Change", "Jelly’s Last Jam"] and Broadway veterans Marsha Stephanie Blake ["The Merchant of Venice", "Joe Turner's Come and Gone"], Amari Cheatom ["Zooman and the Sign"] and Joaquina Kalukango ["Godspell"].

The new play begins during a long summer in Hurt Village, a housing project in Memphis.

A government Hope Grant means relocation for many of the project’s residents, including Cookie, a 13-year-old aspiring rapper, along with her mother Crank and great-grandmother Big Mama.

As the family prepares to move, Cookie’s father Buggy unexpectedly returns from a tour of duty in Iraq. Ravaged by the war, Buggy struggles to find a position in his disintegrating community, along with a place in his daughter’s wounded heart.

Actor/singer Mr. Christopher, son of Hamilton Crier Ed Christopher, studied at Boston Conservatory and New York’s Juilliard School. He made his professional theatrical debut in the US earlier this year in the touring company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “In The Heights” before joining the cast of “Rent”.

Last month the young Bermudian and fellow “Rent” cast members sang American TV personality Regis Philbin off the air on his final show as co-host of “Live! With Regis and Kathy Lee.”

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  1. The road to hell says:

    Well done – a talented young actor flying the flag for Bermuda

  2. Highlyfavoured says:

    Another Bermudian featured today in the news media doing something positive and making Bermuda proud. This proves that there are still many young people desiring to be successful and willing to go the extra mile. Well done Nicholas, keep moving forward.