Due to popular demand, Colman Domingo’s Dot, starring Marjorie Johnson, Colin Hanlon, Stephen Conrad Moore, Libya V. Pugh, Michael Rosen, Finnerty Steeves and Sharon Washington, will extend its limited engagement through Thursday, March 24 at the Vineyard Theatre. Five performances have been added to the previously announced run, along with a special private student matinee performance as part of The Vineyard’s education program. The limited engagement was originally scheduled to run through Sunday, March 20.
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.”
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.
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.
Sharon Washington, Stephen Conrad Moore. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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.
Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.com, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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