During the Tony Awards Nominees press junket, Playbill spoke with over 60 artists about what theatre means to them, the shows that impacted them the most, and more for our annual 25 Days of Tonys.
Kicking off the 2019 season is Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau, nominated for her Broadway debut with the book of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations. Morisseau brought her singular perspective to the story of the hit Motown vocal group, imbuing layers of history and the aura of her Detroit home city to the new musical.
But before she wrote plays and musicals, Morisseau was inspired by the work of others.
“My mother was a teacher so she used to read me poems and stories at night every night before bed,” she says. “I wanted to create my own and that literally is how it started. It started from hearing and reading the stories of others.”
Morisseau told Playbill that if someone were to write a play about her life she’d want a combination of writers to work on it and “it would be called Sweet With Some Scuffle.”
Watch the video above to hear more about Morisseau’s influences and the quote she lives by.