Happenings…

After closing American Son on Broadway, we packed everything up and took it to Brooklyn to shoot for Netflix.  Watching our show be tailored to fit a new medium was equally informative and fascinating.  I was chest deep in a robust pilot season at the time so it felt especially fortunate to be able to work with such an incredible team in the mornings and then go straight to read for the networks in the afternoons.

Also: Screening Alert! I’m one of the leads in a short titled Remedial Love that just made it into the Manhattan Film Festival!  It’s world premiere will be here in NYC at Cinema Village on Friday April 26th at 9pm.  Watch a clip here and get tickets here.

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2019!

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My contract with American Son is ending just as pilot season is beginning to take off.  It’s been a thrilling ride on my first Broadway show (to say the least). While I never went on for Kerry, I learned an immense amount from her and this experience. I’m so grateful for all the Black Girl Magic (see above!) and to be able to take everything I’ve learned into the next chapter of my journey.  What’s more, Netflix has decided to adapt American Son!  It feels good to have played a small role in such a culture shifting story and am excited that more people will get to experience its heart and weight.

In other good news, After The Wedding is set to premiere in the Opening Night Film slot at Sundance this week!  I had a wonderful time working on the film and can’t wait to see how it’s received.  I’m also more than eager to find out if my scene with the stunning and gracious Michelle Williams made the final edit!

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Baby’s First Broadway!

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This fall I have the distinct pleasure of understudying Kerry Washington in American Son on Broadway!  Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee round out an impressive cast that’s helmed by Kenny Leon’s deft hand.  I have no idea if or when I might go on for Kerry but I can say that I’m honored to be her lady-in-waiting (of sorts).  Watching her work every day has been a profoundly unique and fortunate learning experience.  You have until January 27th to see Kerry (or myself!) and the rest of this incredible company chew up the stage in this provocative and timely play!  Do. Not. Miss. This.

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Up Next…

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I’m spending the first part of June filming Bart Freundlich‘s After The Wedding with Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore.  The set has been extremely friendly, professional and comfortable.  I feel so lucky to be having so much fun while working alongside such a talented team.  And I’m shooting during my birthday so it’s a perfect time to hit a milestone.  The path forward feels clearer than ever!

During the latter part of June I’m spending some time at the Dorset Theatre Festival working on Kate Cortesi’s Is Edward Snowden Single? with Pirronne Yousefzadeh.  I’ve been developing this two-hander with Kate for a while and so I’m excited to take some time away to really dig into the fabric of this smart and devastating play.

In July I’m headed to the Cape Cod Theatre Project to work with Laura Jacqmin on End Of Message.  I’m so excited to work with her again!  For me, a lot of her work is about the complexity of being a woman in the workplace and/or in a relationship.  She’s also just really great at character and dialogue, so every time I work on one of her plays I get to work with incredible actors who are totally game to chew up her language and ideas.

After that I’ll go to New York Stage And Film to work on a new musical created by Molly Beach Murphy, Jeanna Phillips and Annie Tippe titled Cowboy Bob.  I don’t know any of the creative team for this fun new piece, but we’ve got lots of familiars in common so I’m excited to take this journey with them.  More soon!

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More…

2018 has been fantastic so far! I shot an episode of Elementary (CBS) a few weeks ago and have been lucky enough to be very busy this pilot season.

I’m also in rehearsals for a gorgeous new musical The Lucky Ones at Ars Nova. If you’re at all familiar with Shawn and Abigail Bengson then you know what incredible musicians and composers they are. This score is certainly no exception. The story we’re telling is epic and Sarah Gancher’s done a beautiful job collaborating with the Bengson’s to write the book. Sonya Tayeh’s stunning choreography and Annie Kaufman’s obvious intelligence have only stoked the fire! Every day I feel lucky to be a part of this room. We’ll be in performances at The Connelly from March 19th until April 21st and the first couple weeks are already sold out so get tickets here soon. This show is a special one. Don’t miss it!

On The Shore Of The Atlantic…

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I’m so excited to share that I’m in the American premiere of On The Shore Of The Wide World.  Our playwright Simon Stephens’s work (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) has been celebrated around the world and I can tell you the hype is well deserved.  Led by the smart and engaging Neil Pepe, our stellar cast is having a wonderfully tender time exploring the depths of the world Simon created.  It’s a gem of a play, The Atlantic is an institution and the house is fairly small so I expect we’ll sell well and quickly.  Get more information and tickets here.  Hope to see you at the theater!

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Summer Happenings…

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I just reunited with Sibyl Kempson and Graham Reynolds to work on The Securely Conferred Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S. at New Dramatists.  It’s a sort of kaleidoscopic meditation on Mary Shelley’s life, monsters and the outdoors.  We had a week to work primarily on music but we also managed to try out some new theatrical conceits that proved super fertile during our concert reading.  It was a treat to have so much time to work with artists I admire and adore.

I’m thrilled to begin work on another musical this week at Ars Nova.  Created by a wildly talented couple–The Bengsons–with additional lovely thoughtful work on the book by Sarah Gancher, it’s called The Lucky Ones and is being directed by Anne Kaufman.  I love working with Anne as much as I love watching her work.  So I’m very excited to be in this room and sing these songs and return to the freedom and delicious that is Ars Nova.  Last time I performed there it was in the original production of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 so partnering with them again feels like home.

I’m also doing a short film with my friend Shane Kearns.  He wrote the script, won a grant from BMCC and is hard at work to make his vision a reality.  It’s called Remedial Love and we’ll star in it together.  I’ll share our fruits as soon as I can.  Stay tuned cause I’ve got another play on the horizon…

 

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Another Airdate!

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I’ll be on Blindspot on NBC on Wednesday March 29th at 8PM EST. What a well oiled machine this crew is!  Though I suppose there’s no other way to pull off stunts, special effects and fight choreography while three cameras film simultaneously!  I had so much fun shooting this scene and working with all the talented folks on this show.  Tune in to find out if I survive the episode!

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Screen Time!

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A short film I’m in Masquerade: A Story of the Old South was accepted into the DC International Film Festival.  Incidentally this screening was also our world premiere so most of the people who worked on the film travelled to be there.  Shooting that film was the kind of experience so special and singular it bonds everyone involved so it was wonderful to reunite to celebrate and be celebrated for our efforts.

Last month I was lucky enough to book a guest star on Bull on CBS.  I’ve had enough time on camera now to be able to relax and have fun on shoot days so it was a really fun few days of shooting.  Their set is filled with people so skillful, friendly and efficient it was a real pleasure to be a part of their ranks.  The episode I’m appearing on is titled “Free Fall” and airs Tuesday March 7th at 9PM (EST) on CBS.  I’ve got another little network something coming up soon so stay tuned…much is in the works!

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Signature With Susan Lori Parks!

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I can’t express what a blessing it’s been to be a part of the cast of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World at Signature Theatre.  Written over 25 years ago it’s sadly still (if not more) relevant.  It’s been wonderful to reunite with Lileana Blain-Cruz (director) to reimagine this epic ritual.  Prophetess Susan Lori and our gorgeous talented ensemble have been a dream to work with.  Do yourself a favor and join us in the great hole of history…  Performances until December 18th.

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