Franco Wicks, a fast-talking Chicago street youth who hopes that his ticket out of a dead-end donut shop job lies in his version of the great American novel.
A Broadway newbie straight from the ensemble of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company, Hill recently shot the TV pilot Detroit 187 with Michael Imperioli.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance Award
—Theatre World Award
This is Hill’s first Tony Award nomination.
The role of Franco Wicks was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts specifically for Hill after the playwright worked with the young actor in a Steppenwolf workshop in Chicago.
“I didn’t know much about the theater world until I got to college and now that I understand it, it’s incredible to [be included] with all the people who are nominated. What always inspires me is seeing other people’s work. When you feel blocked it only takes a night at theater to feel reinvigorated. I’m glad to represent [the Superior Donuts cast] and can’t wait to talk to them all.” —Hill in an interview with Broadway.com, 5/4/10