The Pain and the Ecstasy / by Shaun Fauntleroy

 From L to R: Yours Truly, Ilana Stein, Neil LaBute, Stephen Dexter, Cecilia Copeland (Photo credit: Joel Stigliano)

From L to R: Yours Truly, Ilana Stein, Neil LaBute, Stephen Dexter, Cecilia Copeland (Photo credit: Joel Stigliano)

Last night was the season launch of New York Madness' sixth glorious season. As a topic, our guest playwright, Neil LaBute chose "Racial Madness." Needless to say, it was a poignant, and at times uncomfortable, evening and thinking back on it I'm reminded how grateful I am to be a part of this company and last night's event. I'm still processing last night, and I'm blown away that despite the hard truths and differing viewpoints there was so much love and generosity in that room. I felt safe going into unsafe places and that, and being a part of last night, is invaluable. That's what it's all about, right? I also met a lot of rock solid artists which is always a bonus. 

The pieces I had the pleasure of performing in were:

BE SOCIAL, by Micheline Auger
directed by Ilana Stein
with Stephen Dexter & Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy

THIS IS NOT A PLAY, by Joshua Young
directed by Lu Bellini
with Charles Everett, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, and Eric Percival