Angela Bassett is returning to her theater roots. According to Shadow and Act the thespian will star in a world premiere production of Frank Tangredi’s Pastorial, in which she will play “Emily,” who is a conflicted pastor.
“Pastor Emily has a dark secret, hidden from even her own son. When a terrible crisis ensues, she must set her pain aside and look within to discover the true capacity of her forgiveness,” reads a description in Playbill.
Pastoral will be shown at the Pasedena Playhouse during its 2011-12 season. It begins in November.
In 1988 Bassett performed in August Wilson’s Broadway adaptation of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, but the last time she was on any stage was at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006, where she starred alongside Laurence Fishburne in one of August Wilson’s most popular plays, Fences (most recently Denzel Washington and Viola Davis performed the play on Broadway, with both winning Tony awards for their work).
Bassett will next be seen on the big screen in May, as a supporting character in Jumping the Broom.
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