Kenny Leon Will Direct Colman Domingo's DOT At True Colors Theatre Company
Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company present Colman Domingo's Dot this July. In its Atlanta debut, Dot takes a light-hearted look at an illness facing all communities. Through the interactions of widowed matriarch Dotty and her family, mental health in the Black community is explored. As Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory-a result of her Alzheimer's diagnosis-her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Crackling with humor, this dramedy grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the strength of family.
"I'm so very excited to have the opportunity to direct the Southeastern premiere of Colman Domingo's dramedy, Dot, to Atlanta audiences," remarked True Colors Theatre's Artistic Director Kenny Leon. "The play allows us to think, laugh, and cry in an evening of rich and impactful theatre. Plays like Dot remind me of what got me into theatre in the first place!"
Dot features Emmy Award-winning actress Denise Burse as Dotty. Burse's late stepfather lived with Alzheimer's, an experience the actress plans to bring to her performance, remarking "I wanted to make those observations and experiences I had come to life on stage. I always look forward to those kinds of challenges in roles I'm going to take on." Burse starred in True Colors Theatre's inaugural production of Fences in 2003 and in True Colors' 2008 production of Amen Corner.
The cast for Dot will also include True Colors alumni Tinashe Kajese-Bolden as Shelly, Rhyn Saver as Jackie, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Donnie, Lee Osorio as Adam, Amber A. Harris as Averie, and Benedetto Robinson as Fidel.
Dot will be in preview performances July 17 - 19 at 7:30 PM each night; opening night is Friday, July 20, 2018. The show will run through August 12, 2018. Performances during the run are Wednesdays - Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturday - Sunday at 2:30 PM. All performances will be presented at Fulton County's Southwest Arts Center, located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331.