Rasheeda Speaking, Starring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, Opens Tonight Off-Broadway

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The New Group’s Off-Broadway production of Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change) and Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest (“Bullets Over Broadway”), officially opens Feb. 11 following previews that began Jan. 27.

Helmed by Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, who is making her directorial debut, Rasheeda Speaking examines racial tensions in the workplace, playing at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre through March 22.

Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest
Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest Photo by Monique Carboni

According to the New Group, "Despite their differences, Ileen (Dianne Wiest) and Jaclyn (Tonya Pinkins) have developed a real bond in the six months they’ve worked together at the front desk of Dr. Williams’ office. When the doctor decides to get rid of Jaclyn, he enlists Ileen to help him find fault with her. Jaclyn, sensing betrayal, turns the tables, unleashing a chilling power struggle in this incisive and crisply funny look at the unspoken tensions buried inside our 'post-racial' America."

The cast also features Patricia Conolly (The Coast of Utopia) and Darren Goldstein (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson).

The production features set design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem.

For tickets visit thenewgroup.org or phone (212) 279-4200.

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