The play, which was written by Baraka under his given name of LeRoi Jones, was first seen at the Cherry Lane in 1964 with Robert Hooks in the lead. It concerns a white woman who seduces a naive, bourgeois black man on a train, with terrifying results.
The show's creative team includes Troy Hourie (sets), Rebecca Bernstein (costumes), Jeff Crotier (lighting), and Drew Levy and Tony Smolenski (sound). Duke has directed such films and television shows as Sister Act 2, The Cemetery Club, as well as the 1989 TV movie version of A Raisin in the Sun. He is also a respected actor who starred in the original Broadway production of Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death.
Hill is best known for his role of Charlie Young on the hit NBC television series The West Wing. He began his career as a child actor, appearing in the Broadway production of The Tap Dance Kid, and returned to Broadway in Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk. In addition to The West Wing, his credits include the current TV series Psych and the films Edmond, She's All That, and Holes.
Among Mudge's many stage credits are the Broadway revival of Reckless, the Off-Broadway productions of The Stendahl Syndrome and The Pavilion, and the Geffen Playhouse's production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.