EXCLUSIVE: Tony Award winner Adrienne Warren will star and executive produce Dreamlandperiod drama series from Peacock, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Writer and executive producer: Eric Haywood (Law and order: organized crime), Dreamland explores the world of Black Wall Street, the legendary African-American business district in Tulsa, and the segregated community of Greenwood, Oklahoma. The series is set in 1915 and avoids depicting the well-known deadly massacre that took place a few years later. Instead, it explores the everyday lives, interpersonal relationships, and class struggles of Greenwood’s residents – all set in the shadow of an oil boom that ignited long-lasting tensions between the city’s white, African-American population and its displaced Native American population.
Warren and Haywood executive produce along with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Brian Morewitz. Hannibal Johnson, a member of the Tulsa Community Foundation and author of “Images of America: Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District” and “Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District,” serves as creative consultant. Jessie Abbott supervises at Kapital.
Dreamland stems from Warren’s one-year development agreement with Kapital. This marks her third collaboration with the company after the ABC limited series Women of the Movement and the current Hulu limited series black cake, in which she also appears.
Haywood previously served as a co-executive producer for NBC Law and order: organized crime AND ObviousStarz Power and Fox Empire. He developed last season Billionaire class, a class warfare drama for Fox. He is represented by Damato Entertainment and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.
Warren can currently be seen in a Netflix movie Rustin. She recently starred alongside Viola Davis in Gina Prince Bythewood’s Queen Woman. Warren won Tony, Drama Desk, Antonyo and Outer Critics Circle awards for her role as Tina Turner in the Broadway show Tina, a musical about Tina Turner. She originated the role in a West End production, for which she received nominations for the Olivier Award, Evening Standard and Joe Allen Award. She also received a Tony Award nomination for the Broadway play Keep mixing. Warren is repped by Perennial Entertainment and Peikoff Mahan.