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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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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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A Lush Spring

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I had a ball at Humana Festival!  So many extraordinary artists flock there it was an honor and pleasure to be a part of it.  I loved spending time with both old and new friends while exploring so many incredible new American plays.

A few weeks ago I received the Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists at their annual Spring Luncheon.  The entire Broadway community came out to honor Audra McDonald so it was a fairly lush affair full of surreal moments.  I was so touched to be there and am grateful to New Dramatists for acknowledging my dedication to play development.

And finally, if you’re in New York I’m performing in Julia Jarcho’s fierce sexy new play Every Angel Is Brutal. We’re kicking off Clubbed Thumb’s SummerWorks at The Wild Project and are in previews until the 30th. Closing is next Monday the sixth so it’s a super limited engagement and we WILL sell out so get tickets sooner rather than later.  It’s basically an action movie onstage so yeah you want to be there!  More info below.

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Summer in the Theater!

I kicked off the summer by reuniting with YJLTC at the LIFT Festival in London.  There were performances happening all over the city, but we were fortunate enough to perform at the Barbican.  It’s been two years since we’ve done the show and seven since we made it.  It was gratifying and illuminating to return to the material as older different (and hopefully) better actors.  After my jet lag subsided I took off for the Summer Workshop at The Huntington Theater in Boston.  I was cast in two new plays: Murmur Rock by MJ Kaufman directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and The Bluebeard Project cowritten by Masha Obolensky and Melia Bensussen and directed by Melia Bensussen.  We had two weeks to really pull the material apart so by the time we had our final public showings there were several impressive discernible changes.  It takes a village to raise a play!  And I’m very proud to say I was a small part of bringing these two into being.

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