Dot by Colman Domingo
"A THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING COMEDY-DRAMA!
An impressive advance for Colman Domingo.
Dotty is played with glowing warmth and sensitivity by Marjorie Johnson."
-Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"'DOT' IS DISARMINGLY FUNNY AND MOST REWARDING!
Kudos to the Vineyard Theatre's highly engaging production, helmed by the celebrated Broadway veteran Susan Stroman. She strikes a most responsive chord. The ensemble of seven is ideal. Marjorie Johnson delivers beautifully!"
- Roma Torre, NY1
"VERY FUNNY, VERY MOVING
AND PROPELLED BY A WONDERFUL TEAM OF ACTORS.
Susan Stroman does a perceptive job with this comedy-drama. All seven actors gloriously shine. Sharon Washington is a thorough joy. Colin Hanlon and Michael Rosen give humorous and sensitive performances. Finnerty Steeves is uproariously funny."
-Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post
"'DOT' IS A BEAUTIFULLY UNSETTLING PLAY!
Colman Domingo's most ambitious play to date. A fearless mix of bone-dry humor and warp-speed emotional shifts. Sharon Washington is fabulous!"
-Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly
"A MAGNIFICENT NEW PLAY! FULL OF LAUGHTER AND HEARTBREAK.
The actors knock it out of the park. Marjorie Johnson astounds us with her performance. Stephen Conrad Moore and Colin Hanlon are masters. Libya V. Pugh is just plain fun as Averie. Colman Domingo tackles the subject with intelligence, heart and humor. A CAPTIVATING PRODUCTION!"
-Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania
Vineyard Theatre's 2015-16 SEASON
February 4 - March 24, 2016
By Colman Domingo
Directed by Susan Stroman
with Colin Hanlon, Marjorie Johnson, Stephen Conrad Moore, Libya V. Pugh, Michael Rosen, Finnerty Steeves, Sharon Washington
The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood. Colman Domingo (WILD WITH HAPPY) returns to The Vineyard following his solo show A BOY AND HIS SOUL and Tony Award® nomination for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, reuniting with Tony Award®-winning director Susan Stroman after her ground-breaking work on THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS.
Rehearsal studio photos
Dot at The Humana Festival of New American Plays
The Humana Festival of New American Plays
The Humana Festival is an internationally acclaimed event that has introduced nearly 450 plays into the American and international theatre’s general repertoire, including three Pulitzer Prize winners—The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies—as well as Marsha Norman’s Getting Out, John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God, Charles Mee’s Big Love, Naomi Iizuka’s Polaroid Stories and At the Vanishing Point, Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business, Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise, Theresa Rebeck’s The Scene, Gina Gionfriddo’s After Ashleyand Becky Shaw, UNIVERSES’ Ameriville, Rude Mechs’ The Method Gun, Jordan Harrison’s Maple and Vine, Will Eno’s Gnit, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate, and Lucas Hnath’s Death Tax and The Christians. More than 380 Humana Festival plays have been published in anthologies and individual acting editions, making Actors Theatre a visible and vital force in the development of new plays.
The Humana Festival is the premier event of its kind in the nation, drawing theatre lovers, journalists, and film and stage producers from around the world. About 36,000 patrons attend the five weeks of plays and associated events, including students from 40 colleges and universities. The Festival culminates in two Industry Weekends which bring together a collection of amazing new plays with one-of-a-kind panels, cocktail parties, discussions and networking events. It is the perfect opportunity to see new work, make new connections, and support the creation of new American theatre.
"Honest, humorous and, at times, alarmingly difficult to watch, Dot is a devastatingly flawless work of contemporary theatre– playing with characters who are both so familiar, but also layered deep enough, that everyone can find themselves in the intricate, intertwined struggles of this production."
- WFPL News, Louisville's NPR® News Station
"Dot is a fresh take on what it means to be a modern family. Honest and funny, it deserves to be a part of the New American Play canon from which companies will be selecting works to produce."