by Curt Holman
Kenny Leon, artistic director of Atlantaâs True Colors Theatre Company, leaps from the stage to both television and film in a single bound. Leon has directed a TV adaptation of A Raisin in the Sun for ABC, using the same cast from his acclaimed 2004 Broadway revival of the play, including Sean âDiddyâ Combs,
Beforehand, however, Leonâs Raisin will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redfordâs famed cinematic event held in Park City, Utah, Jan. 17-27. According to the True Colors press kit, A Raisin in the Sun is the first broadcast film ever to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (although I wonder if that honor includes films made for cable channels like HBO).
Even so, itâs a terrific honor for Leon and will put the spotlight on the two Atlanta actors in the cast: Bill Nunn (who played Radio Raheem in Do the Right Thing and Robbie Robertson in the Spider-Man trilogy) and 13-year-old Justin Martin â who, incidentally, played a Munchkin in True Colors' 2004 and 2005 productions of The Wiz.
(Photo courtesy of True Colors Theatre)