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La Jolla Playhouse presents Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, By Michael Benjamin Washington, Directed by Phylicia Rashad

Blueprints to Freedom:
An Ode to Bayard Rustin

Only six performances!
Feb 21 and Feb 22 at 7:30 pm; Feb 23 at 3:00 pm
Feb 28 and Mar 1 at 7:30 pm; Mar 2 at 3:00 pm

By Michael Benjamin Washington
Directed by Phylicia Rashad

In the sweltering political and racial heat of 1963, Bayard Rustin – the brilliant proponent of non-violent civil disobedience – is assigned to orchestrate an unprecedented march for jobs and freedom. Exiled from the Civil Rights movement by both internal and external forces, Rustin grapples with his last chance for professional restoration and spiritual redemption as he masterminds "a tribute to the ancestors" exactly one century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Meet the Creative Team

Michael Benjamin Washington has appeared as the Tinman in the Playhouse's production of The Wiz, directed by Des McAnuff, as well as in Memphis, directed by Christopher Ashley and Most Wanted (workshop), directed by Michael Greif. Broadway credits include Mamma Mia! and La Cage Aux Folles. Film and TV appearances: Love and Other Drugs, directed by Ed Zwick; 30 Rock (Donald Jordan); Glee (Tracy Pendegrass); among others. A member of Broadway Inspirational Voices, he received his B.F.A. from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and is a 1997 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Phylicia Rashad directed Fences at Long Wharf Theatre, Joe Turner's Come and Gone at the Mark Taper Forum, Immediate Family at the Goodman Theatre, A Raisin in the Sun at Ebony Repertory Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse and Gem of the Ocean at Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a performer, her Broadway credits include: August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cymbeline, Gem of the Ocean (Tony nomination), A Raisin in the Sun (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Into the Woods, Dreamgirls and The Wiz. Films for TV: Steel Magnolias, A Raisin in the Sun (NAACP Image Award, Emmy and SAG nominations), The Old Settler and Free of Eden. TV series: The Cosby Show (Emmy Award nomination) and Cosby.