Dot

by Colman Domingo
Previews November 16 and 17
Opening night November 18
Running through December 11, 2016

 

The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, Dotty and her three grown children gather with more than exchanging presents on their minds. As Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. A hilarious and deeply moving new play, Dot grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood. Colman Domingo’s smash hit comes to DPT as the regional premiere.


Please join us for post-show discussions facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter following select performances of Colman Domingo's "Dot".

There will be facilitated discussions following "Dot" on:
Thursday, November 17 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 20 – 2:00 PM
Thursday, December 1 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7 – 2:00 PM


 
 

Cast


Chris Corporandy (Adam)

Chris Corporandy (Adam, Dialect Coach) is thrilled to be back onstage and to be doing it at DPT, which is what brought the family back to the D in the first place. As an actor, Chris has appeared in Detroit (Translations, Side Man, The Master Builder at the Hilberry Theatre), Buffalo (Irish Classical, Road Less Travelled, Torn Space), Atlanta (Actors' Express), New York (Cherry Lane, The Public), and other cities across the country. As dialect coach, Chris has worked with DPT (American Hero, Murder Ballad), the Hilberry Theatre (Dracula, A Flea In Her Ear), Atlanta's Alliance Theater, and at Chautauqua Theater Co., among others. BFA Acting - NYU/Tisch, MFA Acting - WSU/Hilberry, Moscow Art Theatre School, Trinity College Dublin. Certified Teacher/Coach of Knight-Thompson Speech Work.


Shawntay Dalon (Averie)

Born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, Shawntay Dalon grew up with big dreams. Her parents raised their nine children not to be products of their environment, but to believe in themselves. Shawntay went on to attend and receive training from Plowshares Theater, Detroit High School for Fine & Performing Arts, and Wayne State University - all in Detroit - and Tv1 Actor's Studio in Los Angeles. Shawntay's credits are in theater, film, commercial, print, and spoken word, with which Shawntay opened for American Idol and Grammy award winner Fantasia. Shawntay also has credits in television. You can catch her in January 2017 on the new Comedy Central series “DETROITERS,” in whichshe plays the recurring role of Chrissy. Shawntay's company CalienTay Productions has produced and written films that have opened in Detroit, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and London. Owning the trademark StageFilm™, Shawntay's stage productions are a theatrical experience. Current work is now available on Amazon.


Artun Kircali (Fidel)

Artun Kircali is so excited to be making his Detroit Public Theatre debut that he’s written this opening line about forty-seven times just trying to find the right words to describe his elation since beginning this journey. He has been performing on stages around southeast Michigan for the past four years, and was most recently seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Slipstream Theatre Initiative, in addition to having worked with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival touring company, Penny Seats, the Phoenix Players, Planet Ant Theatre, the Ringwald, and Water Works Theatre Company.


Tracey Conyer Lee (Shelly)

Tracey Conyer Lee was most recently on national tour with the original play Remarkably Normal. Original Off-Broadway Casts: Bedbugs!!! and Sistas: The Musical. Off-Off: The Fire This Time Festival, 48 Hours in Harlem, NY International Fringe Festival. Select regional credits: Yale Rep, Denver Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Actors Theatre of Louisville & the Humana Festival of New American Plays, St. Louis Rep, Theatre of the Stars, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact, TheatreWorks, Cleveland Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Co., Westport Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Virginia Stage, Ogunquit Playhouse, Weston Playhouse, Geva Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Syracuse Stage, New Harmony, Stages St. Louis, Palm Beach Dramaworks, WHAT, Florida Stage, national and international tours. On screen: The Path, SMASH, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ed, All My Children, Guiding Light and award-winning independent film work. Also a playwright, Ms. Lee's plays have received development or production in New York, Boston, and Chicago, and she is a Merit Scholar for a 2018 MFA in Writing For the Stage & Screen. 2017 includes reprising her lauded portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill. For more, visit www.traceyconyerlee.com


Maggie Meyer (Jackie)

Maggie Meyer last appeared in American Hero at Detroit Public Theatre, and is so pleased and honored to be back and a part of Dot. Meyer studied Musical Theatre at AMDA in New York City, apprenticed at the Purple Rose Theatre Company, and has gone on to appear in many productions in and around Metro Detroit. Some favorite roles being Babe in Crimes of the Heart, Izzy in Rabbit Hole, and Vanda in Venus In Fur, for which she won the Oscar Wilde Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.


Madelyn Porter (Dotty)

“The whole world is a stage…” and Madelyn Porter plays a part in keeping it real in Detroit. Porter has worked in professional theatre for over thirty years as an actress, storyteller, comedian, and creator of several one-woman shows.  Porter has also worked as a director, instructor, and stage manager. Porter is the recipient of the Wayne County Chapter of NOW Special Achievement Award for portraying Sojourner Truth (national tour), Rogue Critic Award for Best Supporting Actress (Burying The Bones – Detroit Repertory Theatre), the YWCA Woman Of Achievement In The Arts Award, the WMGC-105.1 Woman Who Makes Magic Award, the Wilde Award nomination for Best Actress (Comedy/Original Script), and most recently nominated for best duo award for the production of The Best of Enemies (University of Detroit Theatre Company). Madelyn currently performs for The Henry Ford, The Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Opera Theatre Outreach Program, Troy Historical Village, and creates programs for Children’s Theatre. She was most recently seen in Detroit Repertory Theatre's production of Devil Dog Six and will portray Carolyn Cheeks in the premier of Strawberry - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's debacle - in January 2017 at the Marlene Boll Theatre in the downtown YMCA. Porter is founder of Mad’s World Theatre Production, and cofounder of MYSS Theatre Company and Street Life Theatre Production. “What we need is quality theatre by any means necessary.”


Curtis Wiley (Donnie)

Curtis is thrilled to be making his Detroit Public Theatre debut in Colman Domingo's Dot under the direction of Saheem Ali. Curtis first worked with Mr. Domingo on BLACK at Joe's Pub, and made his NYC stage debut under the direction of Mr. Ali in The Wild Party at Columbia Stages. Most recently Curtis was seen in the world premiere of The Total Bent at NYC's Public Theater, written by Stew & Heidi Rodewald. 2015 highlights include: Diner: The Musical (Delaware Theater Co.); Rothschild & Sons (York Theatre Co.); The Artist & The Scientist (Cap21); and Straight Faced Lies (Fringe NYC). Other NYC credits: Pageant: The Musical (Off B'way Revival); The Great Society (York Shakespeare Co); TUT (NYMF); King Lear (Exit, Pursued by a Bear). Big musical credits include: Jersey Boys; The Lion King; and Motown: The Musical. Curtis is also an alumni of the Sundance Theatre Institute, Wig Out (playwright Tarell McCraney). Twitter/Instagram: @Curtis_Wiley


Creative Team


Colman Domingo (Playwright)

Colman Domingo is an award-winning actor, playwright, and director who is a triple threat in 2016 with TV, film, and theater anticipated projects.
 
Domingo reprised his role as Victor Strand on season 2 of AMC’s hit show Fear the Walking Dead, which premiered in April 2016. Details of the mysterious Strand were revealed in this season’s most anticipated storyline. Den of Geek wrote, “A lot of Strand’s appeal stems from Colman Domingo himself. He’s a compelling actor with an incredible screen presence.” Season 2 returned on August 21 and has been picked up for a third season.
 
Domingo can be seen with an all-star cast in Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation opposite Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King and Nate Parker. The film is a biopic of slave-turned-revolutionary Nat Turner and premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The movie broke records as it was picked up by Fox Searchlight in a multi-million-dollar deal and premiered on October 07, 2016.
 
As an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Award nominated and Obie and Lucille Lortel Award winner Domingo has solidified himself as a Broadway veteran.
 
As a director, Domingo is currently helming the West Coast production of Barbecue, written by Obie and Helen Hayes Award winner Robert O'Hara. The play began previews at the Geffen Playhouse on September 6 and ran through October 16. Domingo recently staged the Off Broadway Alliance Award-winning production of A Band of Angels and helmed August Wilson’s Seven Guitars for the Actors Theater of Louisville in the fall of 2015. He also directed the critically-acclaimed Off Broadway productions of Exit Cuckoo and Single Black Female.
 
Domingo’s most recent play Dot premiered at the Humana Festival in Louisville last year and earlier this year was Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. The New York Times wrote, “Colman Domingo’s thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama Dot... is an impressive advance for Mr. Domingo, also a gifted musical-theater performer… While conventional in form, it’s uproariously funny, if naturally streaked with sadness (and at times, a pinch or two of sentimentality).”
 
Domingo’s theater career took off when he starred in the critically-acclaimed rock musical Passing Strange. The Off-Broadway ensemble cast received an Obie Award in 2008, and Domingo reprised his roles in the film version of Passing Strange, directed by Spike Lee, in 2009. He made his British and Australian debuts with his self-penned solo play, A Boy and His Soul. This production originated at New York City’s Vineyard Theater and won him GLAAD and Lucille Lortel awards in 2010.
 
In 2010, Domingo starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago, the longest revival on Broadway, and in the award-winning The Scottsboro Boys, a role which he originated on and off Broadway. Domingo was nominated for a Tony Award, Olivier Award, and a Fred Astaire Award for his role in The Scottsboro Boys. Additional theater credits include the Off Broadway revival of Blood Knot and Wild With Happy.
 
Additional film credits include Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Joe Roth’s Freedomland, Clint Eastwood’s True Crime, Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Ana and Red Hook Summer, and the first ever screen adaptation of a Ralph Ellison story, King of the Bingo Game, among others. His TV credits include: The Knick, Lucifer, Law & Order, The Big Gay Sketch Show, and Nash Bridges.
 
Domingo is on the Board of Directors of the Vineyard Theater in New York City. He is also on faculty at The National Theater Institute (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center) and guest-lectured and mentored in many colleges and universities around the country. Domingo directed for Berkeley Rep as well as Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.


Saheem Ali (Director)

Saheem is a freelance director based in New York City. His credits include The Booty Call (Inner Voices), Hair (Pace), A Lesson From Aloes (Juilliard), The Erlkings (Theater Row), Farhad (Inner Voices), Vital Signs (Riant Theatre), Marisol (Barnard College), The Wild Party (Columbia University), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Tour of the Parks), Spring Awakening (Northeastern University). Associate Directing: The Tempest (NYC Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park). Selected workshops and staged readings: Pornplay (MCC), The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane (Tom Kirdahy Productions), Kill Move Paradise (National Black Theater), Acquittal (Pan Asian Rep), The Children (BRIC), Black Maria on Koinange Street (PEN World Voices), Facing Our Truths (Public Theater), Nollywood Dreams (Soho Rep and National Black Theater), Goddess (O’Neill Musical Theater Conference), Tsunami (PEN). Assistant Directing on Broadway: A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center), The Normal Heart (The Golden). Schubert Fellow, New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow, SDCF Gielgud Directing Fellow. MFA Columbia University


Lauren Mills (Scenic Design)

Lauren is a New York City based scenic designer working in theatre and television, she is thrilled to be joining Detroit Public Theatre for her first show. Selected theatre credits include: A Dog Story (Davenport Theatre – Off Broadway), My Fair Lady (Sharon Playhouse), Absolution (St. Luke’s Theatre – Off-Broadway), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Sharon Playhouse), The Happy Family (Theatre Row – Off Broadway), Reefer Madness (University of Southern Maine), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Ursinus College), True Love (Sharon Playhouse), O. Rex (Gia Forakis and Company) and Captive Audience (NY Deaf Theatre). Television credits include Art Direction for episodes of The TODAY Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Member – United Scenic Artists USA 829.  MFA – Carnegie Mellon University. www.laurenmillsdesign.com


Christianne Myers (Costume Design)

Christianne Myers is delighted to make her DPT debut with Dot. As a faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2002, she has designed more than two dozen shows: most recently, Henry IV and Clybourne Park. Her New York and regional credits include: The Florentine Opera, Opera Memphis, Arizona Broadway, Indiana Repertory, Syracuse Stage Company, The Clarence Brown Theatre, The Lincoln Center Institute, The Irondale Ensemble, Theatreworks/USA, The Acting Company, NY City Opera Education, The Ma-Yi Ensemble, The Bay Street Theatre, and the Juilliard School. New York highlights include the Obie awarding winning adaptation of Oedipus with Frances McDormand and Billy Crudup. She is a Resident Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, where she most recently designed the world premiere of Matt Letscher's Gaps in the Fossil Record. Christianne has a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from NYU and is happy to make Ann Arbor her home with her husband Dave and their not-so-little peanut.


Katherine Nelson (Stage Manager and Props Design)

Katherine is thrilled to be stage managing her fourth production (From Broadway to Obscurity, Detroit ’67, Murder Ballad) and designing her second with DPT. She is a proud graduate of the Purple Rose Theatre Company apprenticeship program and remains a Resident Artist and Designer there. As a stage manager, she works most frequently with the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. She has designed props with the Wharton Center and the Purple Rose Theatre Company. Additionally, Katherine is a costume designer and recently designed Murder Ballad with DPT. Her regional costume design experience includes shows with the Purple Rose, Flint Youth Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Water Works Theatre Company, Performance Network Theatre, Wild Swan Theatre, and the Wharton Center; she has worked at the Michigan Opera Theatre as stitcher and wardrobe mistress. You can see her designs and contact her at www.knelsondesigns.com.


Ben Green (Lighting Design)

Ben Green is a New York City based lighting designer in theatre, events, and television.  Recent design credits: Trial of an American President (Off-Broadway), All Shook Up (Friends Seminary), The Dodgers (Hudson Theatre, LA), Chicago, Macbeth, Oklahoma!, Stage Door (Purchase Rep), Rapture, and Destination: Oasis (Columbia).  Ben was the production draftsman for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York and a production coordinator for the Victoria’s Secret Swim Shoot in St. Barthelemy. Ben was the associate lighting designer for Eclipsed (B’way) and off-broadway at the Public Theatre.  He was an assistant lighting director for the 2016 Democratic National Convention and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.  Member IATSE Local 829, United Scenic Artists. www.bengreendesign.com


Frannie Shepherd-Bates (Sound Design)

In addition to her role at Detroit Public Theatre (for which she recently directed Sex With Strangers; Wilde Award nomination for Best Play), Frannie serves concurrently as Director of Education for Water Works Theatre Company. She co-founded Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit in 2008 and served on staff for nearly six years, founding Shakespeare in Prison in 2012. Frannie has designed sound and/or directed many productions at Metro Detroit theatres, including Detroit Public Theatre, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company, Planet Ant Theatre, Matrix Theatre Company, the Abreact, and Shakespeare in Detroit. Her sound design for La Ronde at the Abreact garnered an award for Best Sound Design from the Rogue Critic. Frannie has been honored for her work by the Wilde Awards (Critics' Choice 2013; Best of the Bard 2015; nomination for Best Play 2016) and CBS Detroit, and she accepted an Arts Achievement Award on behalf of MGT from WSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She is the founder and director of DPT's Shakespeare in Prison program, facilitating an experience whereby inmates at Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility gain crucial life skills and insight through work with Shakespeare. Upcoming directorial projects include A Painted Window at Williamston Theatre and Young Americans at Tipping Point Theatre.