Amari Cheatom and John Doman will join previously announced star Elizabeth Marvel in the Public Theater’s forthcoming world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Book of Grace. The play will begin previews on March 2 and open on March 16 for a limited engagement through April 4, directed by James Macdonald.
The Book of Grace is described as a family portrait shattered by issues of rage, revenge, power and betrayal. When a young man returns home to South Texas to confront his father, everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. The latest work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Topdog/Underdog weaves the story of three people bound together by love and longing, passion and ambition.
Cheatom recently played the title role in Signature Theater Company’s revival of Charles Fuller’s Zooman and the Sign. Other credits for this recent Juilliard grad are Origin Story and When January Feels Like Summer at the Sundance Theater Festival and a lead role in the film Giver Taker Heartbreaker. Cheatom will co-star with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington in Tanya Hamilton’s upcoming film Night Catches Us.
Doman was last seen off-Broadway in Lyle Kessler’s Robbers at the American Place Theatre. He is familiar to TV audiences from his performance as Acting Commissioner William A. Rawls on all five seasons of HBO’s The Wire. Film credits include Mystic River, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Cop Land, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Mercury Rising, City by the Sea and Lonely Hearts.