Philly Native Colman Domingo to Return Home with A BOY AND HIS SOUL, 5/23-6/22
Colman Domingo is finding that you can go home again, as he returns to his native Philadelphia to perform for the first time since his Tony Award-nominated Broadway turn in the hit musical, The Scottsboro Boys. Philadelphia Theatre Company concludes its 2013-2014 season with the Philadelphia premiere of A Boy and His Soul, written and performed by Colman Domingo with direction by Tony Kelly. This solo play with soul music runs May 23-June 22 at Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).
Previews begin Friday, May 23 with Opening Night on Wednesday, May 28. Performances run Tuesdays through Sundays until June 22. Tickets starting at $25 are available by calling the PTC Box Office at 215-985-0420 or visiting PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.
A Boy and His Soul is a coming-of-age story following Philadelphian Colman Domingo's upbringing through a box of vinyl records discovered decades later in his West Philly boyhood home. A one-man tour de force, the play with music digs deep into the joys and pains of his working-class background, and a pivotal moment in 1980s Philadelphia. This triumphant work features tunes by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Stylistics, Donna Summer, and others as the soundtrack to one man's soulful journey.
A Boy and His Soul received its world premiere at Thick Description in San Francisco in 2005, with a subsequent sold-out revival production in honor of Tick Description's 20th Anniversary in 2008. After a sold-out one-night-only event at Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre, A Boy and His Soul opened The Vineyard Theater's 2009 season. Domingo's performance earned him Lucille Lortel and GLAAD Media Awards and nominations for the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Audelco Awards. Domingo also wrote Wild with Happy which opened the 2012 season at the Public Theatre and had its west coast premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA.
Colman Domingo, who grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University, appeared on Broadway in the original production of The Scottsboro Boys, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Performer in a Musical and a Fred Astaire nomination for Best Principal Dancer. He recently reprised the role in London where he received an Olivier (the UK equivalent to the Tony Award) nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as well as the What's on Stage nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. His performance in the world premiere of Passing Strange at Berkeley Repertory Theatre won him a Bay Area Critics Circle Award, and his reprisal of the role Off-Broadway won an OBIE Award. Domingo has also starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago. Regionally he has performed at American Conservatory Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, among others. His film credits include co-starring roles in Lincoln and The Butler as well as roles in All Is Bright, Hairbrained, and Red Hook Summer. On television he was seen for two seasons in Logo TV's The Big Gay Sketch Show as well as Law & Order and Nash Bridges.
Founded in 1974, Philadelphia Theatre Company is a leading regional theatre company whose mission is to produce, develop and present entertaining and imaginative contemporary theatre focused on the American experience that both ignites the intellect and touches the soul. By developing new work through commissions, readings and workshops, PTC generates projects that have a national impact and reach broad regional audiences. Under the guidance of PTC's Executive Producing Director, Sara Garonzik, since 1982 and PTC President Priscilla M. Luce, who joined the leadership team in early April of 2013, PTC supports the work of a growing body of diverse dramatists and takes pride in being a home to many nationally recognized artists who have participated in more than 140 world and Philadelphia premieres. PTC has received 46 Barrymore Awards and 155 nominations. In October 2007, PTC opened the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, their home on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, which has helped contribute to the revitalization of Center City Philadelphia's thriving arts district.
Meet-the-Artists Talk Backs on May 29 and June 12- following the evening performance - Join members of the cast and creative team for a post-show discussion.
Book Club on May 29 at 6:30 PM - Meet before the show to discuss Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
American Playwrights in Context - Post-matinee interview on May 29 and June 12
Special Topics- June 3 A panel discussion following the evening performance, entitled: "The Sound of Philadelphia: Finding Soul in the Music of Gamble & Huff"
Backstage Tour on June 14 - Join PTC's staff for a post-matinee backstage tour of the set.
PTC Happy Hour - Mix, mingle, and enjoy great drink specials at PTC's pre-show happy hour from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on May 30, June 6 and 13.