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Black Is the Color of My Voice

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Apphia Campbell
June 20, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Actress/ Playwright.

What is your show about?
It's a new dawn, a new day, and a new life for Mena, and she's fighting to feel good. After the untimely death of her father, a witch doctor sends Mena on a journey of redemption. Inspired by the life of an American Icon songs such as "feeling good" and many more help Mena find the closure she seeks.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I find myself drawn to pieces that are usually contemporary, thought provoking, and cultural. If it incorporates all of these elements and has some music in it. I'm in heaven. I really want people to leave the theatre affected by the performance they watch.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this summer that...?
has had an opening in Shanghai, China, and sold out all of the performances to an international audience. It's probably the only show inspired by this American Icon.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I started this journey about seven years ago. My friend introduced me to the music. I moved to Shanghai with this idea of living and growing, and what I discovered was my own artistic journey. I wrote this piece because I wanted to personify a strong woman and artist, and as I was working. I found my own voice. I hope people walk away empowered and inspired.

Which famous person would you most like to get a fan letter from: Denzel Washington, Maggie Smith, Ang Lee, Audra McDonald?
Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Simone Kelly, Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah, or anyone famous who likes my work. I'm not too picky :)

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
I have been so happy with the outcome of the show to the Shanghai Audience. Black is the Color of my voice deals with a great deal of issues that African Americans faced. I had an audience of europeans, Americans, and asians all coming up to me with tears in their eyes. I was told people looked at themselves and the current issues they faced as being gay in their societies. They thought about how they could make a difference. So, yes, theatre can bring about societal change, and I strive to make that happen.