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Vineyard Theatre Announces Talkbacks for Colman Domingo's Dot

The new play is directed by Susan Stroman.

The cast of Dot: Michael Rosen, Finnerty Steeves, Stephen Conrad Moore, Marjorie Johnson, Sharon Washington, Colin Hanlon, and Libya V. Pugh.
(© David Gordon)

Vineyard Theatre has announced a series of talkbacks about the issues in Colman Domingo's new play Dot. Directed by Susan Stroman, the work opens February 23.

The list of talkbacks is as follows:

February 23 at 7pm: Lisa B. Thompson, Ph.D., Professor, University of Texas at Austin and author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class, will discuss the intersection of aging, sexuality, and race with the cast.

February 27 at 3pm and 8pm: P.K. Beville, a clinician working in dementia care for over 30 years and the creator of the Virtual Dementia Tour, will give insight into dementia and strategies for caregivers.

March 1 at 7pm: Sarita Gupta, codirector of Caring Across Generations, will lead a discussion about the necessary cultural and policy changes and the growing social movement to ensure that all Americans can live and age with dignity.

March 6 at 3pm: Tia P. Powell, MD, an expert on bioethics, will lead a discussion on dementia and public policy.

March 13 at 3pm: Evan Bass and Miranda Wilson, coresearchers and developers of Scripted-IMPROV, will discuss simple methods to reduce the four A's of the disease: Anxiety, Agitation, Aggression and Apathy to help create more meaningful interactions with individuals living with Alzheimer's.

March 15 at 7pm: Representatives from Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, New York City, Inc. will be present to discuss support and resources for individuals and families affected by an Alzheimer's diagnosis.

The play tells the story of family matriarch Dotty, whose three adult children gather for the holidays with more than exchanging gifts on their minds. As Dotty struggles to navigate life with dementia, her children fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Featured in the company are Marjorie Johnson in the title role, alongside Sharon Washington, Stephen Conrad Moore, Libya V. Pugh, Colin Hanlon, Michael Rosen, and Finnerty Steeves. Dot received its world premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival.

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