PHOTO CALL: Tony Nominee Colman Domingo's Wild With Happy Debuts at the Public Theater
By Krissie Fullerton
17 Oct 2012
Tony Award-nominated Scottsboro Boys actor Colman Domingo stars in the world premiere of his new play Wild With Happy, about family, death and healing, which began Off-Broadway performances Oct. 9 at the Public Theater.
Robert O'Hara (TheBrother/Sister Plays, Eclipsed) directs the production that officially opens Oct. 23 and will run through Nov. 11.
The play, according to the Public, is "a deeply imaginative and utterly outrageous new work that explores the bizarre comedy that lies within death and healing. Gil, an actor who’s struggling to carve out his own new life, finds his worlds colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending for her in the one place that made her wild with happy?"
Actor-playwright Domingo (Scottsboro Boys, Passing Strange) portrays Gil, with Korey Jackson (Jamaica) as Terry, Maurice McRae ("24," "NYPD Blue") as Mo and Sharon Washington (Ths Scottsboro Boys) as Adelaide/Aunt Glo.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.