Charles S. Gilpin made history as the first African-American dramatic star in a lead role in an Eugene O’Neill stage play during a time where roles of color were previously played by white men in blackface, paving the way for change.
Shaun Parkes (The Mummy; Lost in Space), Liza Weil (How to Get Away with Murder; Gilmore Girls), John Hensley (Nip/Tuck; How to Get Away with Murder), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock, and Barrel; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Historical, Drama, Biopic, Urban, * New Releases, 4K
RUNTIME: (97 Min)
4K/ HD & 5.1
• Currently touring the festival circuit with multiple wins
• Highlighting black excellence in the theater
• Big social marketing and publicity campaign
Based on a true story, Charles S. Gilpin was the first African-American to star in a leading role in a stage play during a time where roles of color were previously played by white men in blackface. As Gilpin rose to fame and recognition, tensions were high between he and playwright Eugene O’Neill which ultimately lead to parting ways, though his acclaimed performance has changed Broadway forever.