Life’s exigencies have occasioned the replacement of Reggie Willis in the role of Joshua Hemings with the exquisite Tony Darnell Davis, who has taught theater (including improv) at the University of Cincinnati and elsewhere, has been an actor, director, producer and writer for decades, as well as President of the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company. He has appeared in Julius Caesar, Sweet Bird of Youth, Macbeth, A View From The Bridge, Romeo and Juliet and Threepenny Opera at the Playhouse in the Park (which has kindly loaned costumes and props to The Whistler). For Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Mr. Davis worked on Cobb, Copperheads and That serious He-Man Ball. His movie credits are: Conable, Dream Catcher, Milk Money, City of Hope, A Rage in Harlem, Heart of Steele, Brubaker and Old Boyfriends. He has appeared in numerous commercials and training films and has produced shows for cable television.
I’ve not met Tony yet, but I hear that he’s a natural storyteller, and as the only person in the cast who was a grownup when the events of the play unfold in 1965, he can speak with authority and has added a great deal of depth. I am very excited to welcome him, virtually!