Early last year, I had the distinct honor of being apart of a production that helped to shed light on the number of hospital closures that were occurring in New York. The hospital closures directly affected those in low income neighborhoods as well as those where 75% of the neighborhoods were minorities. So, to bring attention to this issue and to directly help save one of the hospitals that were being affected by this, Interfaith Medical Center in Bedstuy, Brookyln, the company put on a production of Edward Albee's "The Death of Bessie Smith."
This production was incredibly special not only for the cause that we were supporting but also because this was the first time that this show was being produced in New York in over 46 years! When Jonathan Solari, the director of 'Bessie Smith,' asked me to be apart of it, I had no idea the magnitude that this show would have. And we certainly did not expect that it would make a few "Best of" theater lists for 2014. I was so honored to be apart of the production and I am happy to say that since we performed at Interfaith Medical Center, the hospital that was close to shutting its doors early 2014, remains open to the public. This has certainly been one of my greatest accomplishments as an artist. I am so happy for everyone involved in making this production happen. From the cast and crew, to the hospital workers, to the incredible audience that came from all five boroughs to see this production, all I can say is thank you!
To read one of the best of lists that we made for 2014, click the link here.