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How Kenny Leon persuaded Phylicia Rashad to reteam

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Opening Nov. 9 at the Arena Stage’s new Kogod Cradle space in Washington, the world premiere of Marcus Gardley’s “every tongue confess” reunites star Phylicia Rashad with Atlanta director Kenny Leon. They’ve previously been on Broadway with August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” “Confess” is built around a series of church burnings in the South in the 1990s.

 Rashad told the Washington Post, “He said to me, ‘I want you to read this script and say yes.’”

Leon’s comment: “She knows I would only lead her to a good place. And I know Phylicia has eight or nine ways to play any emotion. Her tool kit is full of so many different tools; she has scissors and scalpels and hammers. She can do it all. People don’t realize that Clair Huxtable was just an interruption of her greatness.”

Full story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/21/AR2010102107430.html

 

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