Taraji P. Henson*Fresh off her incredibly powerful farewell from Person of Interest, Academy Award and Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson has been tapped to star as “Jane” in the World Premiere of ABOVE THE FOLD, the fourth production of the  2013 – 2014 Season at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.  Written by Bernard Weinraub and directed by Steven Robman, ABOVE THE FOLD plays January 28 – February 23, 2014. Opening night is February 2, 2014.

ABOVE THE FOLD tells the story of Jane, an African-American newspaper reporter from New York, who flies to a Southern university where three white fraternity boys have been accused of raping a young African-American woman. Taking place amidst the shift from print to digital journalism ABOVE THE FOLD asks tough questions about the exploitation of tragedy, the cost of success and the dangers that come when ambition collides with truth. ABOVE THE FOLD began as a HOTHOUSE at The Playhouse staged reading.

Taraji Henson earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress opposite Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Taraji is a 2011 Emmy nominee for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for Lifetime’s Taken From Me. She starred as Detective Joss Carter in the highly rated J.J. Abrams crime drama Person of Interest for CBS opposite Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Taraji stared in the major hit Think Like a Man, which opened to #1 at the box office and just completed Think Like a Man Too. She will next star in Sony’s No Good Deed opposite Idris Elba which opens in September 2014.

The cast of ABOVE THE FOLD rounds out with  Arye Gross, (“Castle”), Kris Higgins (“Cold Case”), Mark Hildreth (“Resurrection”),  Joe Massingill (“Hart of Dixie”), and Seamus Mulcahy (“Killing Lincoln”) .

Bernard Weinraub, author of ABOVE THE FOLD, adds “All the actors, led by Taraji, give such depth and meaning to their roles. They’re supremely talented.  And I’m deeply grateful to every one of them.”

ABOVE THE FOLD Director Steven Robman says “ If you’ve ever wondered how much a news story is affected by the whims and biases of even the most scrupulous reporter, check out this play.”