HAMILTON's Daveed Diggs to Star in Staged Reading of THE LIMP Next Week

By: Jun. 01, 2015

Broadway-bound Hamilton star Daveed Diggs will perform in a one-night-only staged reading of the new play THE LIMP on Wednesday, June 10, in New York. Diggs is fresh off of Lortel Award and Theatre World Award wins for his dual Hamilton roles (Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson).

THE LIMP also stars Dahlak Brathwaite and playwright Rafael Casal. The reading is directed by Chris Walker.

Rafael Casal's THE LIMP is a contemporary examination of the relationship between love and male identity, told by three components of the psyche in conversation with each other and themselves. Set in a 20-something's living room minutes before a date arrives, a conversation between three roommates snowballs into a hilarious, philosophical and violent portrayal of how men of the Millennial generation experience the big L word and all that surrounds it.

The staged reading of THE LIMP will take place on Wednesday, June 10, at 7pm, at IATI Theater, located at 64 E. 4th St. in NYC. The reading is open to the public and will include a post-show talkback. There is a $5 suggested donation. Seating is first-come, first-served, but attendees can RSVP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1551758388400275/. More information is available at www.iatitheater.org/programs/detail/the_limp.

This reading of THE LIMP is part of IATI's Cimientos play development program.

Rafael Casal (Writer and Performer) is a writer, director, producer, and champion slam poet. He was Creative Director and Artist-in-Residence for the University of Wisconsin-Madison First Wave program from 2008 to 2011. Rafael performed on three seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He is the Brand Director for Hudson Jeans, a founding member of Bay Area-based artistic collective The Getback, and a recording artist with over two million YouTube views.

Daveed Diggs (Performer) won 2015 Lortel and Theatre World Awards for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in The Public Theater's Hamilton. He will reprise his roles for Hamilton's Broadway debut in July. National Tour: Word Becomes Flesh. Regional: In the Red and Brown Water, Jesus Hopped the A Train, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Mirrors in Every Corner. Albums: CLPPNG (sub pop records) and Midcity with Clipping; Small Things to a Giant.

Dahlak Brathwaite (Performer) is a hip-hop and theater artist who launched onto the scene after winning the Brave New Voices international poetry slam. Dahlak performs a blend of hip-hop, theater and spoken word internationally with iLL-Literacy. TV/Radio: HBO's Def Poetry Jam and The Tavis Smiley Show. Albums: Dual Consciousness and spiritrials. Theater: Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Scourge and Word Becomes Flesh. Dahlak's one-man play, spiritrials, is preparing for a national tour.

Chris Walker (Director) is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as dancer and choreographer with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica. He has conducted several artistic residencies at universities including Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Temple University. Chris is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where he received awards for excellence in choreography and dance theatre production. He also holds Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees from the State University of New York at Brockport, where he taught for more than two years.

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