Tommy, who also makes history as the first woman of color to have a Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play offered inspiring words for women and explains what drives her passion.
This evening 5 African women, including the much-celebrated Lupita Nyongo, will command the stage at the Golden Theater on
Liesl Tommy is the first woman of color ever! to be nominated for a Tony Award for Best Director of a Play.
Hollywood has a problem. It's largely run by rich straight white men who, for the most part, champion the work of other straight white men. According to well publicized statistics, if you're a black, Hispanic, female or LBGT actor of director you've not been invited to the party. Getting jobs, good jobs, Oscar potential jobs, is nearly impossible.
The theater world, rightly, was shadowed but not fully darkened by the Orlando terrorist hate-crime, as the Tony Awards ceremony presented the all-conquering Hamilton cast performing the Battle of Yorktown -- rather bizarrely, but pointedly and arrestingly -- with firearms completely removed from the scene.
"No white producer would’ve brought ‘Eclipsed’ to Broadway unless Lupita went to them and said ‘Please, let’s go with it,’” said producer Stephen Byrd.
Why the star took on a "small" play, "expectations be damned."
Only in Bushwick would a coffee shop be reborn as an intimate haven for fine dining. That's exactly the trajectory of Fair
Broadway audiences are currently witnessing history in the making with the critically acclaimed production of Eclipsed. The
Since winning the Oscar for her brutal role in 12 Years A Slave, Lupita Nyong'o has become a fashion icon and recently starred
I think we've all gotten too used to actors doing less than eight performances a week. And we're also all too accepting of my least favorite trend -- the whole "s/he'll only do 6 performances a week but we won't tell you which" phenomenon.