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VIDEO: DOT's Colman Domingo Recalls Opening Signature Center With Athol Fugard's BLOOD KNOT

The big news for actor/playwright Colman Domingo these days is that stage and screen legend Leslie Uggams will play the title role when his newest play, DOT, opens at the Vineyard Theatre on February 23rd.

But in this warm and inspiring video, the actor who won an Obie Award for his performance in PASSING STRANGE and received a Tony nomination and an Olivier Award for THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, recalls a phone called he received from the groundbreaking South African playwright and director Athol Fugard, to star in the production of his landmark BLOOD KNOT which would open the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Colman Domingo's play A BOY AND HIS SOUL, about growing up amidst the soul sounds of Philly in the 70's, was a hit at Vineyard Theatre in 2009. Mr. Domingo is best-known as an actor on both Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. on film, he has had memorable roles in SELMA, THE BUTLER and LINCOLN.

"Here's this bright shiny new building, this jewel of 42nd street, and we are going to decimate it."Actor Colman Domingo reflects on inaugurating The Pershing Square Signature Center with Athol Fugard's BLOOD KNOT. Explore more Signature Voices videos -->

Posted by Signature Theatre Company on Friday, November 6, 2015

A standout at the Humana Festival of Plays earlier this year at the Actors Theater of Louisville, The Vineyard's production of DOT will be helmed by the Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman (THE PRODUCERS). Ms. Stroman previously directed Mr. Domingo as an actor in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS on Broadway, Off-Broadway (at Vineyard Theatre), and in London.

In DOT, Ms. Uggams portrays family matriarch Dotty, whose three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This hilarious and moving new play grapples unforgettably with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of an inner city neighborhood.
Joining Ms. Uggams in the cast of DOT are Sharon Washington (THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS), Stephen ConradMoore ("Empire"), Libya V. Pugh (THE BLUEST EYE), Colin Hanlon ("Modern Family"), and Michael Rosen (ON THE TOWN).

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