TWAS INC. TO HONOR HYMAN WITH ITS TAKE WING AND SOAR SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE PIONEER AWARD | Tue, April 17, 2007
[Detail Award Event information at bottom right]
EARLE HYMAN [Veteran Classical Actor] born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA. He graduated from high school in Brooklyn, NY (1943), and having joined the American Negro Theatre he appeared in their first hit, Anna Lucasta (1944), both on Broadway and in London. He later studied with the Actors Studio in New York, but was most drawn to classic roles, first playing Hamlet (1951) and eventually playing Othello in productions in several countries, and appearing in 10 other roles with the American Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, Connecticut. Although he occasionally found choice parts in the professional New York stage, such as Mr. Johnson (1956), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), and Pygmalion (1991), and sometimes appeared in American television and films, he felt that his skin colour denied him a full range of roles in the American
theatre, and he spent many years acting in Europe, particularly in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark (in their languages). He won the State Award in Oslo, Norway, for example, for his portrayal in Emperor Jones (1965). Tony Award-nominated and ACE Award-winning Mr. Hyman has played all of the Bard's major tragic leads: Hamlet, Othello (playing the title role in five productions), Macbeth and King Lear. Other Shakespeare plays in which Hyman has appeared include Julius Caesar, The Tempest, King John, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Coriolanus, Antony and Cleopatra and Richard II. He was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Russell Huxtable on The Cosby Show and was awarded the St. Olav Medal in Norway (an honor never before bestowed on a non-Norwegian) for his three decades of performing on the Norwegian stage.
In a time of conflict, a voice from the grave will take a vengeful man to a place beyond sanity where only conspiracy and death await. Elizabeth Swain leads The TWAS Classical Actors of Color as they join Daytime Television Star Timothy D. Stickney as he takes on the role of Prince Hamlet, whose powerful feelings and mocking wit ill suit him for the task of vengeance.
The WorkShop Theatre | Mainstage, 312 West 36th Street, Fourth Floor East [Bet.8th & 9th Avenues]. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, trains to 34th Street, Gala seats $40; General Admission $18 Adults;
$15 Students and Seniors; TDF Vouchers accepted. Group Sales Available (212) 696-6572.
April 13th – April 29th 2007
Take Wing And Soar Productions, Inc.
Founder & Producer: Debra Ann Byrd
Producer: Jacqueline L. Jeffries
Hosts: Natalie Clarke & Hon. David Weaver
TWAS Inc. will honor veteran classical actor Earle Hyman with its top honor, The Take Wing And Soar Spirit Of Excellence Pioneer Award, for excellence in the classical tradition, followed by a Special Gala Performance of its Mainstage Production of HAMLET.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Reception | 6:30pm -- Performance | 8:00pm
The WorkShop Theater
312 West 36th Street | Fourth Floor East - NYC | [Bet. 8th & 9th Avenues]
CARL VAN VECHTEN, PHOTOGRAPHER: Portrait of Earle Hyman as Othello, Portrait of Earle Hyman as Autolycus in A Winter's Tale, Portrait of Earle Hyman as the Prince of Morocco in The Merchant Of Venice, and Portrait of Earle Hyman as Dunois in Shaw's St. Joan.
HAMLET ... WEBPAGES