Call Answered: André Ward: Colman Domingo's "Dot" at People's Light Theatre
Ever since I saw André Ward in the Broadway production of Xanadu in 2007, I have been wanting to interview him for “Call Me Adam.” I’m thrilled our schedules have finally aligned!
André is making his People’s Light Theatre debut in Colman Domingo’s Dot. Dot centers on a West Philly family gathering for the holidays, but Dotty's memory is slipping as her three children – an overwhelmed attorney, a gay playwright with marital problems, and an aspiring actress hoping to appear on Celebrity Mud Fight – clash over how best to care for their proud, lovable matriarch.
Dot plays at People’s Light Theatre through October 20 (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355). Click here for tickets!
1. You are currently making your People's Light Theatre debut in Colman Domingo's Dot. What made you want to audition for this show? I wanted to audition because I read the play and loved the family dynamics.
2. What do you relate to most about your character "Donnie"? I relate most to “Donnie’s” sensitivity.
3. What is one characteristic of his you are glad you yourself do not possess? I’m glad I don’t posses “Donnie’s” denial about his mother’s condition.
4. What do you think audiences should know about this show before coming to see it? I think the audience should know that it’s a funny show about a hard topic with people fighting to love one another.
5. What has been the best part about working with Colman? Working with Colman has been filled with so many beautiful experiences. I would say for me, it has been how safe I have felt as an artist to be vulnerable.
6. What have you learned from him? Colman has taught me to paint boldly within the lines of this beautiful play every night.
7. Do you have any fun rehearsal or first few performance stories you can share with us? I believe it was the final preview performance, I broke a table in the show and didn’t realize it. I turned around and thought, “Oh, what happened to the table?” I realized I’d broken it. The cast was amazing at handling it and it served the story that night beautifully. Oops on my part 😬
8. Who or what inspired you to become an actor? I went to Catholic school and in the 4th grade I talked a lot in class. Sister Regina, my teacher, suggested to my Grandfather that he should put me in acting classes at the local children’s theater company in Las Vegas. That’s where I got inspired.
9. I first came to know when you were starring in Xanadu on Broadway. If you could skate to anywhere in Philadelphia, where are some places you would go to? I’d skate to the Barnes Museum. I keep hearing I have to go.
10. What is something about yourself you have not revealed in a previous interview? Toast is one of my favorite things. Yep, toast with butter and jam so simple and so good 😊
More on André:
People’s Light debut. Theatre Includes: Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, Something Rotten, Rock of Ages, Xanadu, The Producers, Saturday Night Fever. Tours: Pippin, The Producers, Ragtime, Dreamgirls, Cinderella. Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Portland Center Stage), Putting It Together (Syracuse Stage), Lucky Duck (Old Globe), Jelly’s Last Jam (The Alliance). Film/Television Includes: Pose (FX), High Maintenance (HBO), Murphy Brown reboot (CBS), Broad City (Comedy Central), Master of None (Netflix), 30 Rock (NBC). André was recently honored with the Visibility Award from the HRC in Philadelphia.