Cast for 'Sunset Baby' Announced
SUNSET BABY is the 2nd show of TheaterWorks 31st Season and runs January 12 through February 19, 2017. Dominque Morisseau’s seductive and poetic play sears across the social and political landscape as it grapples with tensions between a father and a daughter, sins of the past, the present, liberation and legacy.
SUNSET BABY features film icon and Hartford native Tony Todd as Kenyatta. Tony, well known from film roles in The Candyman, Final Destination among many others is also a graduate of UCONN, The Artist Collective and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Tony is making his TheaterWorks debut. Brittany Bellizeare (Nina) and Carlton Byrd (Damon) will also be making their TheaterWorks debuts
Producing artistic Director Rob Ruggiero said, “This play is a beautifully written story about a father and daughter and the divide between them. The language is seductive and poetic. I am excited to bring this piece to Hartford and to introduce our audiences to an amazing and important playwright. I am also thrilled to have director Reg Douglas, and actors Tony Todd, Brittany Bellizeare and Carlton Byrd working on our stage.”
Sunset Baby is a smart and compelling look at the spiritual, psychological and socioeconomic imprint a parent leaves on a child. A cache of letters, written by a dead woman creates an exploration of how the sins of a parent can be visited upon a child, particularly when a long-absent father re-enters his daughter’s life. In the playwright’s words, “The effect that absent fathers have on their young daughters -- that dynamic is so rarely examined on stage: we usually talk about the effect it has on young black boys, but what about our girls?”
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The Consummate Artist
Originally published on Pillow Talking Blog (Stephanie Lyons-Keeley and Wayne Keeley)
Paul Mullins is a consummate artist. His list of both acting and directorial credits reads like a “Who’s Who” of the Theatre Hall of Fame. He has acted and/or directed in everything from Shakespeare to The Whore and Mr. Moore. Just a sampling of his sterling credentials, Mr. Mullins played the title role to rave reviews in Shakespeare’s Richard III at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and then returned a decade later to direct a production of Richard III which was lauded as “Powerful and enthralling.”
Paul took time out of his busy schedule to chat with Pillow Talking about acting, directing, regional theatre, and his latest endeavor, directing Georges Feydeau’s farce An Absolute Turkey at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT).
PT: Thank you for granting us this interview. We are looking forward to seeing your play at CRT (Connecticut Repertory Theatre). So let’s start with the standard type of opening question. How did you initially get involved with theatre?
PM: Wow. No one has asked me that in a long time. I’ll make it brief. I’m from Houston, Texas. From the time I was ten I knew I was going to be a doctor. I graduated high school and went to college and I was in the middle of a biology/chemistry degree. I found it unfulfilling. Someone said, “Why don’t you audition for this play they are doing here at school?” (laughs). And I said, “That would be silly since I’ve never done anything like that.” But I did. I auditioned for the play and they cast me in it and I sort of never looked back. Well, I looked back for a while and actually got the degree. But I didn’t look back much further than that. I went to drama school at SMU [Southern Methodist University] and then I went to New York and made my living as an actor for the first half of this career and still do. I fell into directing because I was working at a theatre in Florida. The artistic director said, “You’re not coming back anymore because I was getting jobs that paid me better.” I said, “I’d love to come back but maybe you would let me direct a play,” and she did. And then I started doing that. And that’s how I ended up in this spot.
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