Vineyard Theatre Extends Colman Domingo's DOT

Vineyard Theatre Extends Colman Domingo's DOT

Vineyard Theatre (108 E. 15th Street) announced today that its production of Dot by Colman Domingo will extend its limited engagement through Thursday, March 24. Five performances are being added to the previously announced run, along with a special private student matinee performance as part of The Vineyard's education program. Directed by Susan Stroman, Dot opened Tuesday, February 23 with Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declaring it a Critics' Pick and calling it "Uproariously funny! Deeply moving!" and adding, "The cast is terrific."

The limited engagement was originally scheduled to run through Sunday, March 20.

In Dot, the holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold on to her memory, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves.

The Vineyard also announced that Dot director Susan Stroman will be joined by Tony Award-winning actor and advocate David Hyde Pierce (Vineyard's THE LANDING, director of Broadway's IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU) for a discussion of themes raised by the play following the 7pm performance of Dot on Tuesday, March 22. Pierce has worked with The Alzheimer's Association for nearly twenty years as a board member and national spokesperson. He has testified before Congress and served on the federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services, providing guidance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In 2010, he was awarded the Tony Awards' Isabelle Stevenson Award for his work in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Additionally, The Vineyard is offering a special series of post-show discussions moderated by special guests from the Alzheimer's and caregiver communities. Following is a schedule of those performances and the topic of their discussions:

Tuesday, March 1 at 7pm - Sarita Gupta, co-director of Caring Across Generations, will lead a discussion about the necessary cultural and policy changes and the growing social movement to ensure that all Americans can live and age with dignity. Moderated by Jamia Wilson.

Sunday, March 6 at 3pm - Dr. Tia Powell, MD, is a physician and bioethicist who specializes in dementia, public health disasters, and bioethics education. Dr. Powell is the director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics and Einstein Cardoza Master of Science in Bioethics, as well as Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Sunday, March 13, 3pm - Evan Bass and Miranda Wilson are co-researchers and developers of Scripted-IMPROV, which utilizes a mix of drama and improv techniques to better connect with individuals who have Alzheimer's. This discussion will highlight simple methods to reduce the four A's of the disease: Anxiety, Agitation, Aggression and Apathy to help create more meaningful interactions with individuals living with Alzheimer's.


Tuesday, March 15 at 7pm - Representatives from Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc. will be present to discuss support and resources for individuals and families affected by an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

For tickets and information about the additional Dot performances and the special post-show discussions, visit www.vineyardtheatre.org or call 212-353-0303.

Photo by Carol Rosegg

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