Romulus Linney

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Plays by Romulus Linney

audio A Lesson Before Dying

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Based on Ernest J. Gaines’ National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel, A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940’s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The disheartened Wiggins had once harbored dreams of escaping from his impoverished youth, yet he returned to his home town after university, to teach children whose lives seemed as unpromising as Jefferson’s. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one’s own fate.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Rick Foucheux as Paul Bonin

Keith Glover as Grant Wiggins

Jamahl Marsh as Jefferson

Linda Powell as Vivian Baptiste

Jefferson A. Russell as Reverend Moses Ambrose

Jerry Whiddon as Sam Guidry

Beatrice Winde as Emma Glenn

Directed by Nick Olcott. Recorded at Voice of America in Washington DC.

Featuring: Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, Linda Powell, Jefferson A. Russell, Jerry Whiddon, Beatrice Winde

Romulus Linney (1930–2011) was an American playwright and academic. He is author of three novels and over thirty plays, including True Crimes (1996) and the controversial 1977 play Childe Byron, which imagines the relationship of the erratic Romantic poet with his estranged daughter Laura. Linney taught playwrighting for many years at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn College.