TALKS: Father Comes Home from the Wars (Part 1, 2 & 3)’s Jacob Ming-Trent

Jacob Ming-TrentJacob Ming-Trent is a household name across Broadway stages, regional theaters and even in London! State side you might have seen him compete to win a new truck in Hands on a Hardbody or perhaps you recognize him from the fairytale world of Shrek the Musical. This month Jacob can be found on stage in the new play by Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winner Suzan-Lori Parks, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Part 1, 2 & 3) at The Public Theater. Check out the Q&A below to find out more about the show, Jacob’s experience in the play, working with Suzan-Lori Parks and more! Continue reading

NEWS: Disgraced at The Greene Space

disgraced-large-643x441On September 18, I headed down to The Greene Space, for Inside Look: Disgraced, an hour-long conversation about the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The talk was led by WNYC’s Leonard Lopate and featured playwright Ayad Akhtar and cast members Hari Dhillon, Karen Pittman, and Josh Radnor.

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GIVEAWAY: Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

FATHER-COMES-HOME1Looking for something to do this week? Well you’re in luck! Arts in Color has teamed up with The Public Theater to giveaway two (2) tickets to any performance* of ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts (1,2 &3) written by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks! Keep reading to figure out how to enter!

* Any performance from Oct 25th-Nov 16th

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TALKS: Fortress of Solitude’s Rebecca Naomi Jones

Rebecca Naomi Jones HeadshotYou know Rebecca Naomi Jones from American Idiot, Passing Strange, Murder Ballad and SO much more. This half Jewish, NY native has been making strides in the musical theater scene ever since she hit the stage and we cannot get enough. Lucky for us she’s gracing us with her presence this month at The Public Theater in the new musical Fortress of Solitude. Read on to find out about the classic music theater role she’d love to play, her pre show routine, working with the legendary Andre De Shields & more!

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THEATRE TO SEE: October Edition

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Welcome to Fall everyone! If you’re a lover of heat, like myself, you may be thinking “I miss you summer!” But fret not! Autumn is not just a chance to break out the trendy hats and cool boots. Autumn also gives you the opportunity to go out and experience all the great theatre AIC has found for you. Hopefully a great theatrical experience will make your heart all warm and fuzzy, especially since the chill of fall means that “winter is coming.”

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THOUGHTS: Cinderella

CinderellaOnBroadwayKeke Palmer and Sherri Sheperd made their Broadway debuts in the classic musical Cinderella this month. Keke as Cinderella and Sherri as her evil stepmother. Both lend their own personalities to these two traditional and iconic roles. Familiar with the 1997 Brandy version? Well you’re in for something different, but #DiversityOnStage is still apparent and that’s why it’s here on Arts in Color!

Wanna know why to go? Keep reading!

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THOUGHTS: Ndbele Funeral

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Anytime there is a play written about South Africa, I am compelled to go see it. My experiences reading or watching them have always proven to be powerful and cathartic moments. I often feel a sense of familiarity and a connection to these stories.

Ndeble Funeral is no exception. This is a story which revolves around Daweti (Zoey Martinson), a smart, tough woman, who has unflinchingly embraced her impending death. In fact, she has a plan. Her plan, however, is vehemently opposed by her best friend Thabo (Yusef Miller), who is battling demons of his own. On top of the battles with her best friend, Daweti is hunted down by a government official (Jonathan David Martin) who has the ferocity of a Doberman Pinscher.

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THOUGHTS: I Like To Be Here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This Is a Mango

poster-I Like To Be Here-wThere are so many plays about life in New York, but most of them seem to be about Manhattan or Brooklyn. Well, Theatre 167 is giving us a glimpse into the world of Queens in their latest play I Like to Be Here: Jackson Heights Revisited, or, This is a Mango where we spend a night with 21 characters in Jackson Heights. New York is the ultimate melting pot (although you’d never know it if you only saw Broadway shows), and I Like to Be Here brilliantly reflects the diversity and blending of lives in this city.

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THEATRE TO SEE: September Edition

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There’s a lot of theater out there to see. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. Arts in Color has narrowed the list down for you AND all the shows featured include people of color! Want to see a show and support #DiversityOnStage? We’ve got you covered. This is a new monthly series we’ll be bringing to you at the beginning of each month. Subscribe via the box in the toolbar on your right and you’ll be one of the first to know!

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THOUGHTS: Red Eye of Love at the Dicapo Theatre (Off-Bway)

Red Eye of Love poster“Is this an Asian show?” The quick answer, absolutely not. Are there Asian actors in it? Absolutely. This new musical, which played last fall in North Haven, Maine, has made its way to the Upper East Side with one of the most diverse casts in New York. Just from the playbill, you can see that 4 out of the 10 cast members are artists of color, and not one of their tracks in the show is limited to, or specific to, their ethnicity. The beauty is, the show still works!

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THOUGHTS: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

Lady-Day-Cover-copyIt’s March 1959 in South Philly and you are about to see the enigmatic Billie Holiday onstage at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. The bar is run down, but who cares? Billie’s turned her life around and you want a chance to see the star back on the circuit!

OK, so technically you’re really at the Circle in the Square Theater in midtown Manhattan, but with the ambiance of this stunning production starring Audra McDonald, you will be taken to another time and place. The setting is of time as equally turbulent historically as it is personally for that of the show’s main character, Billie Holiday.

Read on to learn about what’s in store for you as Bille (Audra) performs one of the last show’s of her life before her death, a few months later, in July of 1959.

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THOUGHTS: Romeo & Juliet at Classical Theatre of Harlem

Sheldon Best & Natalie Paul as the star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet

Sheldon Best & Natalie Paul as the star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet

All the passion and romance you’d expect to see from Romeo & Juliet, but with a bit more pizzazz! Under the inspired direction of Justin Emeka, a diverse cast of wonderfully talented actors capitalize on bringing ‘ethnic realness’ to this well known Shakespeare tragedy. Emeka’s modernizing concept works beautifully and is especially relevant for today’s audience!

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