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Plenty of Time

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Jackie Alexander
March 28, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actor/Director.

What is your show about?
What happens when a spoiled black Southern debutante and an angry Black Panther fall for each other; the love story of a lifetime.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
I took an acting class in college because I thought it would be an easy A. My first assignment was a scene from James Baldwin's "Blues for Mister Charlie," and the feeling I got performing was unlike anything I'd ever experienced. When I finished the scene, my classmates wore stunned expressions, and after class we discussed the play’s commentary on racism in America for hours. It was the first time I'd spoken to most of the people in that class. I became aware of the power theatre can possess, and was hooked from that day on.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
Touches on over forty years of issues/events within the African American community, while remaining a good old fashioned love story.

How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I performed in playwright John Shevin Foster's first New York production, "Losing The Light." And I met Producer Woodie King, Jr. when he attended the premiere of my first produced play, “The Desire.” I'll share a story about Woodie; one I don't think he's aware of. When I first decided to become an actor, I went to the bookstore and bought a copy of "Voices of Color," for which Woodie King, Jr wrote the Introduction, and served as editor. I remember reading his words, and when I moved to New York, he was at the top of my list of people who I one day wanted to work with. It's quite a thrill to fulfill that goal with this production of "Plenty of Time."

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Jennifer Lawrence?
Sidney Poitier, without question!

If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I would start a theatre company that focused on finding, developing, and producing new works by playwrights of color. I believe this is still an underserved contingent within the theatre world.