The Verdict: What Do Critics Think of Daphne’s Dive?

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The world premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ new work features Daphne Rubin-Vega and Orange Is the New Black star Samira Wiley.
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Vanessa Aspillaga and Matthew Saldivar in Daphne's Dive

Signature Theatre's world premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Daphne’s Dive officially opened May 15, with direction 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.

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).

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.”

Read reviews for Daphne's Dive below:

DC Theatre Scene
The Hollywood Reporter
New York Times
Time Out

“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 42 nd Street between 9 th and 10 th Avenues. To purchase tickets, call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit

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