Daphne’s Dive Opens Tonight

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The Signature Theatre production features Daphne Rubin-Vega and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley.
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Matthew Saldivar, Samira Wiley, and Daphne Rubin-Vega Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre's world premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Daphne’s Dive officially opens May 15, following previews that began April 26. Helmed by Hamilton director Thomas Kail, the cast features Rent star Daphne Rubin-Vega and Samira Wiley, who is known for her role as Poussey in Orange Is the New Black.

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Samira Wiley

Set in a bar called Daphne’s Dive, the story is centered on a group of regulars who frequent the drinking hole to discuss art, politics and life. It is billed as a play “brimming with adversity, love and hope.”

The cast also includes Vanessa Aspillaga (Domesticated), Carlos Gomez (The Glades), K.K. Moggie, Matthew Saldivar (Act One) and Tony nominee Gordon Joseph Weiss (Fool for Love).

“Daphne’s Dive is a cheap corner bar in North Philly where Daphne and her vibrant, eclectic regulars drink to art, politics, and life,” state production notes. “As Daphne's adopted daughter, very different from her reserved and pragmatic mother, grows up, this unconventional family is forced to confront who's an insider, who's an outsider, and the challenge of opening your heart to strangers.”

The design team includes Donyale Werle (scenic design), Toni-Leslie James (costume design), Betsy Adams (lighting design), Nevin Steinberg (sound design) and Michel Camilo (composer). Lori Ann Zepp is the production stage manager. Casting is by Telsey + Company, Karyn Casl, CSA.

Performances of Daphne’s Dive take place in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, located at 480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. To purchase tickets, call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit signaturetheatre.org.

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