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 on to her memory, her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
About the Author
The Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League Award nominated and OBIE, GLAAD and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director, stars in the AMC series original series Fear the Walking Dead as Victor Strand. Domingo has also recurred on the Cinemax series The Knick as well as guest starred on Horace and Pete and Lucifer. He co-starred in the Academy Award® nominated Paramount/Pathé film Selma directed by Ava DuVernay as Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg, Lee Daniels The Butler and the Spike Lee films, Red Hook Summer, Passing Strange, Miracle at St. Ana and the Nate Parker film The Birth of a Nation. Mr. Domingo starred on The West End in London where reprised the role he originated on Broadway in Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys. Mr. Domingo’s plays have premiered at The Public, Vineyard, Humana Festival at the Actors Theater of Louisville, Tricycle Theater (London) and Brisbane Powerhouse Theater (Australia), Baltimore Centerstage, Theatreworks, Theater Rhinoceros, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival, He helmed August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at Actor’s Theater of Louisville, A Band of Angels at New York City Children’s Theater and Barbecue at The Geffen Playhouse. He has directed plays and musicals regionally and Off Broadway. Colman Domingo is the author of: Dot, Wild with Happy (Dramatists Play Service), A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books), The Brother(s) and Up Jumped Springtime. Colman has received fellowships and/or residencies from The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Diaspora from the University of Texas at Austin, The Sundance Theater Lab, The People’s Light and Theater Company, The Banff Playwrights Colony and New York Theatre Workshop. Mr. Domingo has been commissioned by The American Conservatory Theater, People’s Light and Theater Company, The Public Theater and Inner Voices. His plays have been produced at The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theater, Theatreworks, Baltimore Centerstage, The Tricycle Theater (London), Brisbane Powerhouse/World Theater Festival (Australia), Theater Rhinoceros, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab/American Living Room Festival/HERE, Thick Description Theater Collective and American Conservatory Theater. Dot was developed in part during a residency with New York Theater Workshop. Dot received its world premiere at The Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville directed by Meredith McDonough and subsequently was produced Off Broadway at the Vineyard Theater directed by Susan Stroman.
"A thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama! [...] An impressive advance for Colman Domingo." - The New York Times
"Dot is disarmingly funny and most rewarding!" - NY1
"Very funny, very moving [...]" - The Huffington Post
"Dot is a beautifully unsettling play! [...] Colman Domingo's most ambitious play to date. A fearless mix of bone-dry humor and warp-speed emotional shifts." - Entertainment Weekly
"A magnificent new play! Full of laughter and heartbreak [...] Colman Domingo tackles the subject with intelligence, heart and humor." - Theatre Mania