Saint Paul, Minn., November 7, 2017 – Park Square continues its 43rd season on the Proscenium Stage with the Midwest premiere of Colman Domingo’s comic drama Dot, directed by E.G. Bailey. Domingo’s twisted, hilarious, and critically acclaimed play grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
Memory is a funny thing. The holidays are always a wild family affair at the Shealy house. But this year, as Dot (Cynthia Jones-Taylor*) struggles to hold on to her memory, her adult children grapple with how to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Filled with laughter and heartbreak, uproariously funny yet emotionally tender, Dot is a testament to the enduring bonds of family.
Although Dot is only actor and playwright Domingo’s third play, he has developed a signature blend of comedy and drama. “It’s part of our tradition – to confront tragedy with comedy, to laugh to keep from crying,” says director Bailey. I love the characters, their humanity, their candor, and sense of humor… there’s obviously a lot of love between them. ” Of his work, Domingo said in a 2015 interview, “I think it is a play for people trying to figure out where they are and what is the next step…you have to examine where you’ve been, where you are now and where you are going.”