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HappyFlowerNail marks Radha Blank’s return to the solo performance platform with a funny and touching story that explores gentrification, ownership, freedom and survival through five distinct women searching for “home” in a Korean-owned nail salon in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Directed by Colman Domingo.
Last fall, the World Premiere of Radha Blank’s play SEED garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. Awards and Fellowships include NYFA’s Artists Fellowship, Nickelodeon’s Writers Fellowship, The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group Fellowship, The National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Award (for SEED) and the 2011 Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting. Ms. Blank’s work has been developed and/or presented by The Classical Theater of Harlem, The City Parks Foundation, Dixon Place, Here, The Public Theater, The Lark, Voice and Vision, Luna Stage, Hedgebrook, Penumbra Theater, ACT Theater, The New Black Fest and several seasons of The NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival. Plays include American Schemes, SEED, HappyFlowerNail, nannyland, Casket Sharp, and Kenya for which The Village Voice called “riveting…immediately alive.” For 2012, commissions include writing new plays for EPIC Theater Ensemble and NYU Tisch’s Graduate Acting Program. Her latest play, Confections, explores how a daughter’s passion for baking masks a mother’s dark secret in a small North Carolina town.
He has directed productions for Berkeley Rep (Sundiata), New Professional Theater (Single Black Female), The Working Theater (Exit Cuckoo), Geva Theater (Once on this Island), and The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival (Up Jumped Springtime), Theater Rhinoceros (Single Black Female), Inquiline (Raised in Captivity), African American Shakespeare Company (Imaginary Invalid) as well as workshops and readings for Roundabout Theater Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe and The Magic Theater. Mr. Domingo is a Tony, Drama Desk, Fred Astaire, Audelco and Drama League nominated and OBIE Award winning actor. He penned the Lucille Lortel (Best Solo Show) and GLAAD Media Award (Best Theater Broadway or Off Broadway) winning play A Boy and His Soul that garnered sold out runs for The Vineyard Theater, Joe’s Pub, The OMAI Festival for University of Wisconsin/Madison, Theater Development Fund and Thick Description in San Francisco. His new play Wild with Happy that received its first public reading with The New Black Fest and development support from Sundance, New York Theater Workshop, The Public, and Theatreworks will premiere this October 2012 at The Public Theater and in June 2013 at Theatreworks. He has been an artist in residence/artistic fellow for The Sundance Institute Theater Lab, New York Theater Workshop and Hartford Stage Company. Colman has been recently been honored by Out magazine and Theater Bay Area magazine for his work in the theater. He is honored to be a 2012 Lunt-Fontainne Fellow.
Jessica Lynne and DéLana R.A. Dameron reflect on ways they make a home, creatively, wherever they are.