Charles S. Dutton preps one-man show

Benefits arts education program for at-risk students.

Charles S. Dutton is set to star in "From Jail to Yale ... Serving Time on Stage," a one-man play to benefit the Actors Hall of Fame Foundation's new dramatic arts education program for at-risk students.

HBO is the presenting sponsor of the event, which takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA.

"Serving Time" is based on Dutton's real-life story. While incarcerated as a youth, he found a book of plays that ignited his passion for theater. Within seven years, he had graduated from college, was accepted on scholarship to the Yale School of Drama and was then on to Broadway, where he received his first Tony nomination.

Dutton's story is the inspiration for the new dramatic arts education curriculum, which is targeting 1 million at-risk students in elementary and secondary schools across the country during the next four years. The free program includes teaching activities, lesson plans, acting and writing workshops exercises and interactive online video.

"We know that students will be inspired by (his) experience and that this new education program will give these students a pathway to success," foundation president Rusty Citron said.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are HBO's Richard Plepler, Michael Lombardo, Colin Callender and Sue Naegle.