THOUGHTS: Barbecue at The Public Theater

Playbill for Barbecue at The Public TheaterThis weekend I made my way downtown to check out the new play at The Public Theater that everyone is buzzing about, Barbecue by Robert O’ Hara. I am happy to give this unique evening of theatre the Arts in Color seal of approval.

TALKS: Actress Heather Alicia Simms on Barbecue at The Public

Heather Alicia SimmsBarbecue is the highly anticipated new Robert O’Hara play now in previews downtown at The Public Theater. The show boasts a bevy of distinguished performers and is set to open October 8th. Arts in Color had the privilege of interviewing a Public regular, actress Heather Alicia Simms.  Continue reading

TALKS: Ito Aghayere on The Liquid Plain (Off-Broadway)

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Ito Aghayere

The Liquid Plain runs until March 29th at the Signature Theatre.  Set on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island and based on the tales of true events, the narrative centers around runaway slaves Adjua and Dembi. Winner of the 2012 Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play, The Liquid Plain brings to life a group of people whose stories have been erased from history. Ito Aghayere portrays one of those people, Dembi, in this play.

Ito is absolutely brilliant in the role of Dembi. Her portrayal of the cross dressing runaway slave is truly transcendent. Continue reading

THOUGHTS: The Liquid Plain

Kristolyn Lloyd, Ito Aghayere and Michael Izquierdo (Photo: Joan Marcus)

This weekend I saw The Liquid Plain, a play by Naomi Wallace, at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway. After attending an inspiring talk with the director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, I was eager to see this piece. Complex and thought provoking, The Liquid Plain offers a narrative based on true events. Billed as a story about 2 runaway slaves, Adjua and Dembi, on the docks of late 18th century Rhode Island, the play offers polished performances and high production values. Continue reading

FEATURE: The Greene Space’s August Wilson’s American Century Cycle-Joe Turner’s Come and Gone Recap

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Phylicia Rashad and I!

Yesterday I witnessed yet another stellar production by the team at Greene Space! New York Public Radio is doing an exquisite job in presenting the August Wilson Century Cycle. An outstanding cast of Broadway and Hollywood notables assembled and, under the direction of the legendary Phylicia Rashad, a breathtaking performance ensued. Given that the cast only has two days to rehearse, I’m sure it helped that about half of them had previously performed their roles at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, also under the director of Ms. Rashad.

Tip: continue reading & scroll all the way to the bottom for access to the exclusive press conference with Ruben Santiago Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, Taraji P. Henson, and S. Epatha Merkerson!

TALKS: Interview with Halle Morse & Ito Aghayere of Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

I had a chance to interview two Classical Theatre of Harlem cast members earlier last week and wanted to share them with you! If you want more info on the production, check out my thoughts on CTH’s take on this classic tale of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.  After the interview keep reading to learn more about the careers of these two lovely ladies!

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EVENTS: Artistry meets Activism- ‘The Remembrance Project’

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Rajendra Maharaj/Photo Credit: Michael Castro

Many of us who are artists are inspired to be artists because…well…it’s what we love. Part of what we love about what we do is the positive effect it can have on people, and the change it can inspire. Red Shirt Entertainment  and Rajendra Maharaj (the artistic producing director ) have taken this to the next level. Rajendra explains, “We all believe that art has a purpose, not just to entertain, but to educate and make social change.” How is Red Shirt Entertainment doing is? The Remembrance Project.

The Remembrance Project
The Remembrance Project features three installments. Red Shirt’s first installment that took place in January, was a sold-out success. The inspiration for the Project stemmed from the year 2013 marking the 80th Anniversary of the Jewish Holocaust (Click here for the video). The first event focused on the Holocaust, the second was on Rwanda, and the third will be Darfur.

Red Shirt Entertainment invited members from the Mission of Rwanda from the United Nations to attend the Rwanda dedication. They arranged for an honorary guest speaker, a Rwanda genocide survivor, to share her story with the audience. The Mission was so impressed, that they have actually invited the team to perform in Rwanda next year, for the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

Interested in learning more about the Remembrance Project? Check out the interview below with Rajendra conducted by Broadway actress, and Arts in Color guest contributor, Halle Morse.

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Keep reading for more information on the company and all event details. Hope to see you there!

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