Last weekend, I was in this play reading “Pluto” by Bridgette Wimberly, directed by Woodie King Jr. Bridgette Wimberly is an award winning poet and author of seven plays. Her work has been commissioned, work shopped and/or produced by The Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, The Castillo Theatre, The Cherry Lane Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Here/Tiny Mythic Theatre, Karamu Theatre, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and The Women’s Project.
What a joy! God has blessed me with yet another opportunity to use the wondrous talent and instrument he has given me to perform. I used to get worried about whether or not I was “doing” it right, but now I learn to trust God and my instrument and continue to hone my craft to continuously become better. I was able to work with such a wonderful cast. Not only was everyone so nice, and giving but they are so talented.
Like most play readings, we had a talk back after the first night, and Ruby Dee was in the audience! Ruby Dee had asked why was the Play titled “Pluto”. Ms. Wimberly knows Frederick P. Rose, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. He is also the author of the book, “The Pluto Flies”. She had read his book before it had even been published. The book inspired the play and what she hopes the audience will get from the play is that there is a little bit of “Pluto” in all of us.
I got an amazing email from the playwright the next day: What a vibrant spark you were to this play. I was surprised at the talkback how many comments we got about your character’s pain (Tea’s mother dying of Lupus) and the understanding and concern she has for LW. I loved the charm, strength and effervescence you brought to this character. Thank you. I hope we can work together again.
All my best to you.
*God is showing me the path…. I thank him and give him all the GLORY!*