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Fall News

Recently the team from the 2016 production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World got back together with Signature to participate in a reunion reading of Susan Lori Parks‘s timeless piece. On Tuesday the 27th at 6pm the reading will air and become available on demand until the 31st at 6pm. There will be a live talkback with Susan Lori Parks, Lileana Blain Cruz and the cast following the initial airing. More information and free tickets here.

Today I’m doing a reading of Carl Holder’s Goldberg Award winning play Until You Come Back To Me for NYU. It’s very dark, very funny and frighteningly relevant. Best of all I get to play with my bright dear friend April Matthis and lots other talented actors. Show’s free and starts at 7. Link is here!

UPDATE: Platonic was well received! Thank you to everyone who streamed it! Lauren Messman wrote in the NYT that it “feels like a bite-size version of ‘Girls’ or ‘High Maintenance.'” You can watch the entire thing and find all kinds of info here. I’m in episode 3 but good actors abound in it so expect to be drawn in…

In other news, I now live in the place where self tapes are made. It’s a total grind but I can’t deny that all the effort and multiple hat wearing has sharpened both my skills and point of view. So there’s that to be grateful for. If 2020 has taught me anything it’s to practice gratitude and that there’s always much much more to come. So take care of yourselves, be good to each other and VOTE. Hope to see your faces IRL again soon!

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Summer Feels…

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This summer I played Valeria at the Delacorte in Coriolanus.  With a cast of 32 it was the largest production I’ve ever been a part of.  It was an incredible experience to work with so many talented people under the deft direction of Daniel Sullivan.  His take on one of Shakespeare’s lesser known tragedies was raw and devastating and I feel so lucky to have been a part of making it come to life in such an iconic venue. Read our stellar review in the NYT here.

On one of my Mondays off from the Park I was able to shoot an episode of Succession. Shooting for television is generally pretty mapped out and you’re lucky if you get an extra take “to play,” but all bets were off on this set!  This team knows and trusts each other and obviously love making the show–which makes for a real synergy on set.  Briefly being a part of that was a totally fun and freeing experience.  We tried a few different things in my little scene with Sarah Snook, so I’ll be very exited to see which take they went with…

I’m currently working on the world premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ adaptation of The Bacchae titled Girls at Yale Rep.  I’ve been a fan of Branden’s writing for a while now so it’s a treat to finally get to work with him. I’m also so happy to be reuniting with director Lileana Blain-Cruz, choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, costume designer Montana Levi Blanco and wig designer Cookie Jordan.  The last time we all worked together it was on Susan Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World so I am entirely excited to be collaborating with them again.  Rehearsals have been explorative and difficult and so joyful.  We are making something that promises to be strange and beautiful. Catch us at Yale Repertory Theatre October 4th-26th.  Tickets here!

 

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