Actor brings personal story to Hyde Park

Staff Writer

Actor Charles Dutton will present his one-man show “From Jail to Yale: Serving Time on Stage” at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts this week.

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday the three-time Emmy Award winner will present the story of his own life in a Baltimore prison where he discovered his passion for theater, ultimately working his way towards the Yale University Drama School.

Proceeds from the two performances will benefit the Chicago Youth Leadership Academy, a program that exposes at-risk youth to college life with the help of the 3rd and 7th police districts and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement.

Dutton, best known for his roles on the 1990s sitcom “Roc,” and “Aliens 3,” discovered his love of acting while serving time in prison. U. of C. spokesman Calmetta Coleman said the warden agreed to allow Dutton to form a drama group if he achieved his GED diploma. Dutton later graduated from Yale and has a successful career acting on the stage and screen and directing.

Dutton became familiar with CYLA last year when he noticed police offers leading students on an outing in Hyde Park.

He has previously performed “From Jail to Yale” for at-risk youth in his hometown of Baltimore and other cities.

Tickets for students cost $10 and $25 for adults. Special VIP tickets can be purchased for $50 and include priority seating and a post show meet and greet with Dutton. All tickets are available online at or at the Logan Center box office, 915 E. 60th St., or by calling 773-702-2787.