Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Barry Grove, Executive Producer), Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) and Walk Tall Girl Productions (Marcia Pendelton, Founder/President) recently presented Rashad & Rashad, a stimulating conversation between mother-daughter duo Phylicia Rashad and Condola Rashad on Monday, May 21. The event will take place on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.
Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, currently making her New York City directorial debut with Signature Theatre’s production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street, and four-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, currently in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, will be moderated by award-winning director and Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes. The mother-daughter duo will discuss their experiences as African American women working in the entertainment industry, their family relationship both in and out of the industry, their work on their current theatre productions, and more.
Saint Joan opened on Broadway on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Four-time Tony Award-nominee Condola Rashad (“Billions,” A Doll’s House, Part 2) stars as one of history’s greatest heroines in a major new production of Bernard Shaw's epic work directed by Daniel Sullivan (Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes). Tickets are available at Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, or by visiting The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office.
Our Lady of 121st Street is playing through June 10, 2018, and opens on Sunday, May 20 on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). All tickets for the initial run of the production are $30 as part of the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation. To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit the Signature Theater website.
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PHYLICIA RASHAD: Award-winning actress and director has appeared onstage at The Public: Head of Passes (Lucille Lortel Award), The Story, Helen, Everybody’s Ruby. Broadway: August Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award), August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean (Tony Nomination), Jelly’s Last Jam, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, The Wiz, Cymbeline. New York Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Off-Broadway and Regional Theater: Blues for an Alabama Sky, Medea, Blue. Directing: Mark Taper Forum (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Immediate Family, Joe Turner’s Come And Gone), Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ebony Repertory & Westport Playhouse (A Raisin In the Sun), Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theater & Long Wharf Theatre (Fences), Seattle Repertory Theater (Gem of the Ocean), The Kennedy Center (Four Little Girls). Film: Creed, Good Deeds, For Colored Girls, Just Wright, The Old Settler, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, The Visit. TV: “Empire,” “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” “Cosby,” “The Cosby Show.” Respected in the academic world, Ms. Rashad was the first recipient of the Denzel Washington Chair in Theater at Fordham University, and has served as Master Teacher in the Ten Chimney’s Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program
CONDOLA RASHAD has just received her fourth Tony Award nomination for her lead role in the current production of Saint Joan, now playing at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. She earned her third Tony Award nomination for her return to the Broadway stage in Lucas Hnath's Tony-nominated new play A Doll’s House, Part 2, opposite Emmy Award-winner Laurie Metcalf, Academy Award winner Chris Cooper and Tony Award winner Jayne Houdyshell. Rashad began her career onstage and debuted off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club playing a young girl in a brothel in Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. She was nominated for Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for her roles in Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly and the late Horton Foote’s The Trip To Bountiful, opposite Cicely Tyson. In 2013, Rashad played “Juliet” to critical acclaim on Broadway, opposite Orlando Bloom’s "Romeo." Rashad was recently seen in the Netflix film Come Sunday, which reunited her with director Joshua Marston and in which she stars opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. In Spring of 2016, Rashad completed production on Academy Award nominee Milcho Manchevski’s independent film Bikini Moon, which she stars in as the title character. Later that year, Rashad was seen co-starring in Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown opposite Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz, and in Jodie Foster's Money Monster, opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. On television, Rashad is known for her series regular role as the young, motivated Assistant District Attorney "Kate Sacker" in Showtime's acclaimed series “Billions”, which was recently renewed for a fourth season. Previous television and film credits include a recurring role on NBC's “Smash” and a starring turn in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias, as well as appearances in Sex And The City 2, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Good Wife.” A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Condola currently resides in New York.