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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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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!

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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With Writer/Director Andrew Hawkins and costar Max Lawrence (photo: Ryan Maxwell)

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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Introducing Willie Rosemont!

Here’s a first look at me playing passing starlet Willie Rosemont in Dizzy With That Dame.  The wonderfully resourceful and talented makeup artist Mai Shimura had her work cut out for her with these luscious brows okay!?    Click here to see a clip from the film!

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Harvest!

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This fall has been chock full of new developments!  I’ve been in residency at The New Museum since the end of October.  They’ve created a pop up repertory company called X-ID Rep in an effort to further explore the theme of their season: persona.  More to the point: the company is investigating “cross play” in the theater or playing someone of a different race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. and what the politics of that are.  We’re talking stereotypes, appropriation, xenophobia, history, language, privilege and so much more.  It’s been a difficult heady tender meta journey to have the talents of eight performers, four writers and four directors meet.  But overall, everyone’s skills are so varied and wonderful it’s been a real gift to share this time and space together.  We’re essentially an ongoing exhibit at the museum until we have our final showing in January.  So anyone can stop by and check out the process during open studio hours.  More information including open studio hours (and eventually details regarding the final showing) can be found here.  Justine Williams is writing a series of articles about the project for Culturebot that can be found here.

I attended the Audelco awards a few weeks ago as Dancing on Eggshells (a show I was in the world premiere of earlier this year) was nominated for Best Choreography and Best Ensemble.  We didn’t win but it was wonderful to be acknowledged and invited.  There was a lot of talent in that room.

I just watched a final cut of Masquerade, a period short I’m in that tells the true story of William and Ellen Craft’s escape from slavery (see post below for more info).  It’s being submitted to festivals and will premiere in 2016 so I can’t post clips yet but I do have this screen shot to share:

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Last month I was in PlayTime at New Dramatists, which is one of their longer developmental workshops  (lasting two weeks) for five of their playwrights in residence.  What’s amazing is that they take such great care of everyone and go to such pains to make sure that people working on different shows intersect that it feels like a retreat though almost everyone in the company was in the city they call home.  There were free meals, yoga classes and writing workshops and the whole thing was totally kumbaya and rejuvenating.  I was lucky enough to work with Sibyl Kempson (writer/director) and Graham Reynolds (composer) on The Securely Conferred Vouchsafed Keepsakes of Maery S.  Sibyl is endlessly smart and creative and operating on a frequency that resonates in yet undiscovered parts of the psyche.  Graham’s music is inspired and hearty and satisfying.  Love them.  Love the work.  So excited to see what else we can make together…

Finally, I’m so excited to announce that I’m in the world premiere of Laura Jacqumin’s Residence directed by Hal Brooks at Humana Festival.  Humana is such a hotbed for great new American plays it’s been a goal of mine to be a part of it.  I’m really happy I’ll get to go with such a great creative team and more than a relieved to miss the worst of winter in NYC 🙂 More info here.

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I’m so excited to announce the world premiere How To Live On Earth, a play I’ve been a part of developing over the last year.  It’s loosely based on the Mars One project and explores what the emotional/interpersonal effects of such a project might be.  It’s been super fun and rewarding to experiment with this incredible group to build a play from the ground up.  It’s very rare to not only have a play be produced only year after it’s first rumblings, but also to be able to work with a writer and director to shape the form and course your character ultimately takes. I can also honestly say that I’ve never been given the opportunity to develop a character quite like this or nerded out so much on outer/aerospace stuff, so I’m pleased to share this other side of myself.  We run from September 13th to October 3rd at HERE Arts Center.  The New York Times listed us first in the fall theater preview this week so tickets are selling fast.  Trailer’s here tickets are here and details are here.  Hope to see you at the theater!
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The Next Chapter…

A few months ago I self taped for the American Black Film Festival’s Star Project that’s sponsored by NBC.  From over 2,000 submissions I was selected to be one of three female finalists!  So I got another opportunity to go to 30 Rock and meet more NBC casting folks.  I also got to do a table read for TV One with Malinda Williams, Essence Atkins, Dennis L. A. White, Aisha Hinds, A. Russell Anderson, Keith Robinson, Thomas Q. Jones and the other finalists.  We were also free to attend a lot of great panel discussions, film premieres and parties.  At the end of the weekend I didn’t win the prize of a walk on role on One Life To Live, but left with amazing new contacts and friends.  I’m so happy to have participated and been acknowledged among so many great creatives.

This week I booked a co-star on Amazon’s Red Oaks.  I’ve spent so much of the last year focusing on cracking the juggernaut that is television that it feels awesome to finally be reaping the benefits of that.  Which brings me to my next piece of news…

Today I walked into the SAG AFTRA office and became their newest member!  I’m so pleased I’ve reached this milestone in my career and am eager to put that card into serious use.

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