This year has been an exciting year for me so far. First, it started with Edward Albee's "The Death of Bessie Smith," which we performed at Interfaith Medical Center to bring awareness to the alarming rate of hospital closures that are occurring in New York. Then I toured through small colleges across the U.S. in the solo show, "Of Ebony Embers" for the Core Ensemble Co., in which I played four prolific figures from the Harlem Renaissance Era including Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. And now, I am excited to be apart of the production of Painted Red.
Painted Red is based off of the true life of Henrietta Lacks who was a black woman from the South who died of cervical cancer in the 1950s. The doctors, however, stole her cells, reproduced them and sold them to various companies for billions upon BILLIONS of dollars! However, the family has yet to receive a dime of that money. I play, Zakarriya, who was the youngest of the Lacks' children. He is a very dark figure who has faced nothing but tragedy from the time he was inside his mother's womb. This is a story not to be missed.
We are performing this play at Shetler Theatre on 54th, right off of Broadway in New York. The show plays from April 17-27. You can purchase tickets at smarttix.com. I hope to see you there!
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