Theater

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical

 Recipient of the 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

(Co-written with Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff)

World Premiere | November 7 - December 17 at LaJolla Playhouse (Click for more info)

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom. Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musicalpresents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

 

Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

(Co-created with Patricia McGregor)

World Premiere | October 11-December 3, 2017 at People's Light Theatre (Click for more info)

When his groundbreaking NBC variety show failed to attract a national sponsor, Nat “King” Cole famously declared that “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.” In this theatrical exploration into the soul of an American icon, Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat as he faces his final Christmastime broadcast, and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” This world premiere, replete with hits and holiday standards like “Nature Boy,” “It’s A Good Day,” “Unforgettable,” and “Joy To The World,” also features appearances by Eartha Kitt and Peggy Lee.

 

Dot

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 play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood. 

Marjorie Johnson as Dotty in the Vineyard Theatre's production of DOT

Marjorie Johnson as Dotty in the Vineyard Theatre's production of DOT

 

Wild With Happy

WILD WITH HAPPY explores the surreal, bizarre and outrageous comedy that lies in everyone’s search for answers as they try to deal with death and healing when a young man named Gil plans to scatter his mother’s ashes in the place where she was the most happy. WILD WITH HAPPY is the winner of 3 AUDELCO awards for Best Dramatic Production of The YearBest Playwright, and Best Supporting Actress and nominated for 2 DRAMA DESKS, 2 LUCILLE LORTEL and A HENRY HEWES DESIGN AWARD.

(L-R) Sharon Washington as Aunt Glo and Colman Domingo as Gilin the Public Theater's production of WILD WITH HAPPY

(L-R) Sharon Washington as Aunt Glo and Colman Domingo as Gilin the Public Theater's production of WILD WITH HAPPY

 

A Boy and His Soul

Where do you get soul? From the kitchen rotary phone cord your sister stretched out nine feet? From never learning the real secrets of your crazy cousin until you were older? From the broken Easy Bake oven your brother used to torment your sister’s Barbie dolls? Or from the memory of watching your parents sell the house you grew up in? Maybe you get soul from listening to the music on WDAS FM with your mother in the backyard at midnight on a hot summer evening. From Stevie, Aretha, Marvin, Chaka, Barry, Gladys…and Colman. A Boy and His Soul is the winner of the 2012 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Show Off-Broadway, GLAAD Media Award for Best Production in New York, Broadway and Off-Broadway, and Drama Desk, Drama League and Audelco nominations for Best Performance.

Colman Domingo in the Vineyard Theatre's production of A Boy and His Soul

Colman Domingo in the Vineyard Theatre's production of A Boy and His Soul