Our Lady of Kibeho, a new play at the Signature Theatre by playwright Katori Hall, tells the story of three young Rwandan women at the all-women’s Kibeho College and their visions of the Virgin Mary in the early 1980s. A priest in the play remarks that Rwanda is where God goes on vacation— and in keeping with this, Our Lady of Kibeho is a visually stunning production.
Lost Lake starts with a premise that might be familiar to anyone who has dabbled with renting through the likes of Craigslist or AirBnB: Big city nurse and mother-of-two Veronica responds to a by-owner listing for a lake house rental, with plans for an affordable family vacation. Wise enough to visit before putting money down, she discovers that the homeowner, Hogan, who seems about as dilapidated as the house itself, will be renting his primary living space to her for the week while he is staying with family who live in town—the rental is a way to pick up some needed extra cash. He promises to have the place fixed up and cleared out by the time she comes back. With limited options, she agrees.
One of the reasons I love being apart of Arts in Color is seeing the successes of of up and comers and recent grads. We’ve been really fortunate to feature many students of color who are now makin’ it here in NYC, being apart of this crazy thing that we all love-theater! One of those recent grads is Columbia Alum Jeena Yi! Check out what she had to say about her most recent role in Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Chairs and a Long Table!
I wanted to like Indian Ink. How often do you get to see a play about India written by a playwright like Tom Stoppard, produced by a major New York company? Unfortunately, the production did not live up to expectations.
How would you feel if you attended a play that included yellow face? Now imagine being an Asian actor constantly auditioning in New York City (struggling to come across casting calls that fit your type) and finding out that a major theater company went with white actors for the roles of the Emperor and Empress of China. Han Ong’s latest play Chairs and a Long Table addresses this very issue. As a part of the Ma-Yi Theater Company’s “Breaking the Myth” series, Ong’s new play is making it’s world premier in rep alongside Carlos Celdron’s Livin’ La Vida Imelda at The Clurman Theater. Yellow face, black face, brown face, white washing characters that were written to be of color – these are all problems that are still going strong today, and the timing of this play could not be more appropriate.
Bhavesh Patel’s star has been on the rise. You might remember him from War Horse at Lincoln Center. Or maybe you recognize him from one of the numerous guest spots he’s done over the past few years, including Elementary, Blue Bloods, White Collar, and The Good Wife. This month he can be seen in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Indian Ink. Read on to find out more about the show, acting with the great Rosemary Harris, and what Bhavesh’s parents thought of him becoming an actor.
I am excited and surprised to say that there are 2 shows in Manhattan that depict the luxurious life of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines. A life of portrayed innocence in the global eye unfolds with scandal and conspiracy on 42nd Street. For those of you who have seen the musical, Here Lies Love and are intrigued by this legend of the Philippines, you may want to spend 90 minutes – no intermission – with Carlos Celdron (Writer and Performer). Make yourself comfortable in his living room-like set and dive into the more factual life of this politician’s wife.
Arts in Color readers might remember Elijah Caldwell from last year’s behind the scenes peek at Showcase or as AIC’s tweeter. This month, he can be seen in Generations, currently playing at Soho Rep and extended for a second time! Read on to find out more about the show, his experiences with an all-black cast, and why you should come see this unique play.
Welcome back theatre lovers! AIC has once again found quality theater with diversity on and off the stage that we want to share with all of our fabulous readers. So, during this fantastic month that begins the holiday movie overkill (which I love), the start of holiday sales, and the day we give thanks by eating till our buttons pop, why not take some time to get some fresh air and get away from the holiday fray with a bit of theatre?
When you think of Disney what comes to mind? For me it’s magic, fairy tales, and yes-my childhood. A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to relive all of these cherished feelings in a seat at the New Amsterdam Theater while watching Aladdin! Say what you will, but with this show you definitely get the bang for your buck. If you’re searching for glitz, glamour, talented performers and an all around good time look no further. Regardless of earlier controversy surrounding the show, #DiversityOnStage is very apparent too and that’s why it’s here on Arts in Color!
Keep reading to learn more about this blockbuster hit!
As soon as you walk into Soho Rep, you know generations is going to be a different kind of play. The space has been transformed into a South African township with bricks covered in red dirt under your feet, and colorful corrugated tin on the walls. The seating (benches, chairs, and stools) and the set flow seamlessly into one another as if the audience is part of the three-generation family on stage.